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On the Aerodynamic Loading and Deformation of Convertible Car Roofs
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published March 05, 2001 by SAE International in United States
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Event: SAE 2001 World Congress
Convertible vehicle hoods are known to deform away from their designated showroom shape as a result of aerodynamic loading. The ultimate aim of the work is to produce a computer-based methodology to model the fluid-structure interaction over a convertible vehicle hood. To develop an appropriate flow-structure coupling methodology, steady-state computations have been carried out for a two-dimensional model geometry. A commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) package is used to calculate the pressure on the model roof. This CFD package is coupled to an in-house structural code that models the structural mechanics of the flexible roof. Furthermore, a very rapid hybrid means of generating the aerodynamic loading is developed because the multiple solutions required in a complete wall-flow iteration procedure can be computationally very expensive. Solutions generated using the modelling concepts have been compared with wind-tunnel testing on a physical model.
CitationKnight, J., Lucey, A., and Shaw, C., "On the Aerodynamic Loading and Deformation of Convertible Car Roofs," SAE Technical Paper 2001-01-1269, 2001, https://doi.org/10.4271/2001-01-1269.
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