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Aerodynamic forces are important aspects that need to be considered in the study of a road vehicle design. The present study focuses on the effect of rear spoiler fitted on a sedan car at different angles of attack with reference to drag and lift coefficient. The aim of this project is to compare the aerodynamic characteristics of a concept car between 2 different spoilers. The angles of attack of both spoilers have been varied. The method of study that was used in this project is simulation using Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD), STAR-CCM+ software program. The car model is generated using CATIA V5R16 to create the 3-D geometry of the concept car together with rear mounted spoiler. Drag coefficient, (Cd) and Lift coefficient, (Cl) were obtained from the simulation processes. This thesis presents extensive discussion of numerical solution and the outcomes from the simulations. Comparisons of drag and lift coefficients were made with and without spoilers at different angles of attack.
The performance, handling and comfort of an automobile are significantly affected by its aerodynamics properties. A low drag is a decisive prerequisite for good fuel economy. Increasing fuel prices and stringent legal regulations ensure that this long-established relationship becomes more widely acknowledged. But the other aspects of vehicle aerodynamics are no less important for the quality of an automobile such as side wind stability, wind noise, soiling of the body, the lights and the windows, cooling of the engine, the gear box and the brakes, and finally heating and ventilating of the passenger compartment all depend on the flow field around and through the vehicle.
In the study of road vehicle aerodynamics design, the key concepts are the lift and drag components. A road vehicle must produce downforce in order to stay on the road. There are two ways of improving the vehicle\u2019s downforce. The first method
Aerodynamics aids are the components added to the vehicle in order to modify its aerodynamic properties. Aerodynamics aids such as spoilers and vortex generator are basically used to improve the vehicle\u2019s performance without modifying the basic design of the vehicle itself. Today, almost all road vehicles are installed with aerodynamic aids. Among others, spoilers are one of the famous accessories for road vehicles. Even the new vehicles nowadays are already equipped with aerodynamics aids during manufacturing. However, some spoilers were merely installed for decoration purpose despite of its aerodynamics benefits.
Nowadays, with the high level of CAD prediction and pre-production evaluation coupled with a greater human understanding of aerodynamics, wind tunnel testing often comes into the design process later. The wind tunnel is the proving ground for the vehicle's form and allows engineers to obtain considerable advanced information within a controlled environment. Many elements of a vehicle's form only expose their behavior in air flow when carefully tested and cannot be estimated on computer. The reality of production, tolerances in components and accuracy of manufacturing can all play a part in affecting the aerodynamic behavior of a car.
Drag is determined by the amount that the air is pushed against the car's surface. It is generated by the interaction and contact of a solid body with a fluid. Drag is generated by the difference in velocity between the solid object and the fluid.
For standard cars little or no lift is desired. . In a racing car on the other hand both high downforce and little drag is needed. Downforce enables the car to turn round corners at a very high speed because it effectively adds weight to the car and keeps the wheels firmly on the road at very high speeds.
A spoiler is an aerodynamics device attached to an automobile which its intended design function is to 'spoil' unfavourable air movement across a body of a vehicle To minimize the effect of lift force, spoiler is mounted at the rear of the car. Spoilers work by blocking the flow of air as it comes off the rear windscreen. This creates a high pressure area in front of the spoiler and therefore more downforce.
Different angles of attack of spoilers can give different effects to the car. The objective is to perform numerical simulation of rear mounted spoiler and to predict the performance of a concept car. Analysis has been made with rear spoilers at different angles of attack of 2 spoiler\u2019s shapes using CFD. The chord length of the spoiler is 240 mm and the span is 1634 mm. Three angles of attack were chosen for the spoiler which is 0\u02da, +ve5\u02da and \u2013ve5\u02da degrees angle of attack.
The modeling generation is done by using CATIA V5R16 to create the 3-D geometry of the concept car and its rear wings (Flat plate and NACA 0012) at different angles of attack. The drawings were done in part drawing and saved by IGES (.igs) file. Drawings were later exported to the STAR-CCM+ and then the solver is run to get the result for drag and lift coefficients.
Figure 1 shows the drawing of a concept car without spoiler. Figure 2, 3, and 4 shows the concept car with flat plate spoiler at 0\u02da, +ve5\u02da, and -ve5\u02da angles of attack at a height of 200 mm from the car\u2019s boot.
Figure 5, 6, and 7 shows the concept car with NACA 0012 spoiler at 0\u02da, +ve5\u02da, and -ve5\u02da angles of attack at a height of 200 mm from the car\u2019s boot. After that the drawings were exported to STAR-CCM+, just after the Boolean operation were done. Boolean operation is an operation to make a car model inside the wind tunnel.
Before the model is meshed, the grid independence study has been done. Although the types of meshing neither fine, coarse nor medium gave an acceptable results, best grid type must be chosen to minimize the time taken during the simulation processes.
Table 1 shows the grid independent study for three tessellation density which is coarse, medium and fine. Medium tessellation density is chosen for the grid type as the results are almost the same with the fine grid condition. Besides, the time taken to complete the simulation is faster than the simulation with fine grid.
The simulations were conducted to find the effects of different angles of attack (AoA) for different spoiler designs to the drag and lift coefficient of the concept car. The simulation is done at the speed of 110 km/h. The spoilers were mounted to the car for the simulation. From these two different spoilers the results were compared to choose the type of spoiler to be implemented to the passenger car. Figure 8 and 9 shows the results for drag and lift coefficients for the
case of cars without spoiler at 110km/h. Results for the simulations with flat plate spoiler are as shown in Table 2 and the results for the simulation with NACA 0012 spoiler are as shown in Table 3 respectively. The result shows that the spoiler with zero degree angle of attack has the lowest drag while the spoiler with positive angle of attack has the highest drag. It can be observed that the negative values of the angles of attack produce a positive value for the lift coefficient. The simulation results show that the NACA 0012 spoiler generates less drag coefficient, Cd compared to the flat plate spoiler. Therefore, it can be concluded that the NACA 0012 spoiler is better and suitable to be implemented to the passenger car in Malaysia. The normal drag force for the passenger car is in the range of 0.25 to 0.60. The negative value of angle of attack will produce the positive value for the lift coefficient that tends to lift up the car. Therefore, negative value of angle of attack should not be implemented to the spoiler AoA as it will ruin the stability of the car.
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