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Aerodynamics of a Racecar

Aerodynamics of a Racecar

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Published by Jeremy R.
Research project on theaerodynamic factors that influence the stability and performance of high-speed racing vehicles.
Research project on theaerodynamic factors that influence the stability and performance of high-speed racing vehicles.

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Published by: Jeremy R. on Mar 11, 2013
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Racecar Aerodynamics
MCG 4345April 2010Jeremy Rutledge3443697
 
Table Of Contents
Table Of Contents ............................................................................................................................................... 2Table of Figures .................................................................................................................................................. 4Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................ 6Background ......................................................................................................................................................... 7Theoretical .................................................................................................................................................. 7Spoilers ............................................................................................................................................................... 8Application ...................................................................................................................................................... 8Additional Drag ............................................................................................................................................... 9Yaw angle (angle of the car exhibited during cornering) ............................................................................... 9Dams ................................................................................................................................................................... 9Background ..................................................................................................................................................... 9Splitters/flat plate devices ............................................................................................................................ 10Wings ................................................................................................................................................................ 10Rear wing ...................................................................................................................................................... 11Front wing ..................................................................................................................................................... 13Guiding Vanes ............................................................................................................................................... 14High Lift Devices ............................................................................................................................................... 15CFD simulation .................................................................................................................................................. 15Ground Effects .................................................................................................................................................. 16Theoretical Background ................................................................................................................................ 17Ground Effects without Sideskirts ................................................................................................................ 17Applications to Racing .................................................................................................................................. 18Drag .................................................................................................................................................................. 19Types ............................................................................................................................................................. 19Drag Levels .................................................................................................................................................... 19Drag Improvement ....................................................................................................................................... 19Pitching moment .......................................................................................................................................... 20Flow control Devices......................................................................................................................................... 21Devices to Control the Flow ......................................................................................................................... 21Devices for Creating Useful Vortices ............................................................................................................ 22Devices for Creating Pressure Changes ........................................................................................................ 24Surface roughness and protuberances ......................................................................................................... 26
 
Exposed Wheels............................................................................................................................................ 27Hood design ...................................................................................................................................................... 29Testing .............................................................................................................................................................. 29Buoyancy ...................................................................................................................................................... 29Solid Blockage ............................................................................................................................................... 30Ground effects/Interactions ......................................................................................................................... 30Simulating Moving Ground ........................................................................................................................... 31Multivehicle Interactions .................................................................................................................................. 32Conclusion ........................................................................................................................................................ 32Bibliography ...................................................................................................................................................... 34

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