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Impact of wheel-housing on aerodynamic drag and effect on energy consumption on an electric bus body

ARAI Academy-Amitabh Das, Yash Jain
Automotive Research Association of India-Mohammad Rafiq Agrewale, Kamalkishore Vora
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2394
To be published on 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
Role of Wheel and underbody Aerodynamics of vehicle in the formation of drag forces is detrimental to the fuel (energy) consumption during the course of operation at high velocities. This paper deals with the CFD simulation of the flow around the wheels of a bus with different wheel housing arrangements. Based on benchmarking, a model of a bus is selected and analysis is performed. The aerodynamic drag coefficient is obtained and turbulence around wheels is observed using ANSYS Fluent CFD simulation for different combinations of wheel-housing- at the front wheels, at the rear wheels and both in the front and rear wheels. The drag force is recorded and corresponding influence on energy consumption of a Bus is evaluated mathematically. A comparison is drawn between energy consumption of bus body without wheel housing and bus body with wheel housing. The result shows a significant reduction in drag coefficient and fuel consumption. Keywords: Wheel-housing, Drag Coefficient, CFD Simulation, Bus, Energy consumption
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Aerodynamic analysis of electric passenger car using wind turbine concept at front end

ARAI Academy-Snehil Mendiratta, Sugat Sharma
Automotive Research Association of India-Mohammad Rafiq Agrewale, Kamalkishore Vora
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2396
To be published on 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
Electric passenger car with floor battery usually have its front boot space empty and the space is used as additional luggage storage. This space can be utilized to capture the wind energy and generate electricity. Based on this, the objective of this work is to perform an aerodynamic analysis of an electric passenger car using wind turbine placed at the front. Initially the aerodynamic analysis of a basic electric car model is performed and further simulated using wind turbines and aerodynamic add-on-devices. The simulation is carried-out using ANSYS Fluent tool. Based on the simulation result, scaled down optimized model is fabricated and tested in wind tunnel for validation. The result shows reduction of drag coefficient by 5.9% .
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Aerodynamic analysis of commercial vehicle using active vortex generators concept

ARAI Academy-Saurabh Jayant Kulkarni, Kamalkishore Vora
Automotive Research Association of India-Mohammad Rafiq Agrewale
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2409
To be published on 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
Any physical body being propelled through the air has drag associated with it. Drag will be created on the surface of the vehicle due to the flow separation at the rear end. In aerodynamics the flow separation can often result in increased drag particularly pressure drag, to delay the flow separation, the vortex generators are used on the roof end of the vehicle just before the point of flow separation. The objective of this project is to perform aerodynamic analysis of commercial vehicle using active vortex generators concept. First, the aerodynamic analysis of a baseline commercial vehicle model is performed and same is validated with the scaled model by using a wind tunnel test. Further analysis has been done by using active vortex generators concept with variation of angle of attacks for vehicle speed of 50, 70, 90 kmph. Also, analysis has been carried out for six different yaw angles. The simulation is carried out with the use of ANSYS Fluent. The simulation result shows the significant drag coefficient reduction of the commercial vehicle with…
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Analysis and Aerodynamic Stability on Design of Low cost and Economical Monocopter

UG Scholar-Harshil Bhandari
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2523
To be published on 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
Most recent or all developments in the field of small UAV’s seem to use Quadcopters. It’s a valued commenting that a quadcopter is a smaller amount stable than a similar regular chopper and is additionally less economical. A Quadcopter UAV’s with four propellers is always a major concern to the society when brings to its stability as its major factor. To design and analyze the use of one propeller monocopter is the main objective of this paper. Wacky Whirler technology used here to demonstrate the passage of the monocopter. It is a single propeller powered with a coreless motor which is a modern enhancement in the UAV. It is based on the All Rotating monocopter theory. In the proposed system, controller based on IOT can be used which will be helpful in monitoring and processing the microdrone status. These forms of style have several potential applications in surveillance and agriculture; there are several eventualities wherever it's tempting for the stable UAV to be able to travel safely to long distances and hover for extended periods of time.
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Aerodynamic analysis of race car using active wing concept.

ARAI Academy-Prakash P Bhanushali
Automotive Research Association of India-Mohammad Rafiq Agrewale, Kamalkishore Vora
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2395
To be published on 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
In high speed race cars, aerodynamics is an important aspect for determining performance and stability of vehicle. It is mainly influenced by front and rear wings. Active aerodynamics consist of any type of movable wing element that change their position based on operating conditions of the vehicle to have better performance and handling. In this work, front and rear wings are designed for race car prototype of race car. The high down force aerofoil profiles have been used for design of front and rear wing. The first aerodynamic analysis has been performed on baseline model without wings using CFD tool. For investigation, parameters considered are angle of attack in the range of 0-18˚ for front as well as rear wing at different test speeds of 60, 80, 100 and 120 kmph. The simulation is carried out by using ANSYS Fluent. The simulation results show significant improvement in vehicle performance and handling parameters. To validate the results, a scaled model prototype is manufactured and tested in wind tunnel. Keywords: Active aerodynamics, wing, angle of attack, racecar.
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Aerodynamic Analysis of a Passenger Car to Reduce Drag Using Active Grill Shutter and Active Air Dam

ARAI Academy-Raghav Tandon
Automotive Research Association of India-Mohammad Rafiq Agrewale, Kamalkishore Vora
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2408
To be published on 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
Active aerodynamics can be defined as the concept of reducing drag by making real-time changes to certain devices such that it modifies the airflow around a vehicle. Using such devices also have the added advantages of improving ergonomics and performance along with aesthetics. A significant reduction in fuel consumption can also be seen when using such devices. The objective of this work is to reduce drag acting on a passenger car using the concept of active aerodynamics with grill shutters and air dams. First, analysis has been carried out on a baseline passenger car and further simulated using active grill shutters and air dams for vehicle speed ranging from 60 kmph to 120 kmph, with each active device open from 0° to 90°. The optimized model is then validated for a scaled-down prototype in a wind tunnel at 80kmph. Vehicle has been modelled using SolidWorks and the simulation has been carried out using ANSYS Fluent. The result shows a significant drag reduction of 12.23% using active grill shutters and air dams.
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A mirrorless future? NHTSA seeks input on camera vision systems

Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

Lindsay Brooke
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AUTP11_13
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in early October distributed a notice soliciting industry and public input on whether to allow “camera monitoring systems” to replace rear- and sideview exterior mirrors mandated since 1968 in U.S. auto safety standards. The agency said in a notice in the online Federal Register that it is seeking outside research and data about the potential safety impacts of replacing conventional fixed mirrors with camera-based vision systems. The action is one step in the process to inform a potential proposal to alter the mirror requirement for future production vehicles sold in the U.S.

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Overset Mesh-Based Computational Investigations on the Aerodynamics of a Generic Car Model in Proximity to a Side-Wall

SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - Mechanical Systems

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA-Charles Patrick Bounds, Srivatsa Mallapragada, Mesbah Uddin
  • Journal Article
  • 06-12-03-0015
Published 2019-10-21 by SAE International in United States
This article discusses an approach to simulating a generic idealized car model (Ahmed body) moving in close proximity to a side-wall, using a transient Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) method. This phenomenon is very important in motorsports, where racing close to the safety barrier is common. Driving in close proximity to a side-wall alters the aerodynamic characteristics of the vehicle significantly; however, only a handful of published works exist in this area. Additionally, the experimental studies conducted in the past suffer from certain inadequacies, especially in terms of simulating the side-wall. This casts some uncertainty as to the relevance of these studies to the real-world problem. The present study attempts to imitate the real-world flow phenomenon by taking a nontraditional CFD approach of translating the body relative to the stationary surrounding fluid and side-wall instead of the classical method of flowing air over a stationary vehicle model. This was achieved by using a relatively new and computationally efficient meshing technique for overlapping grids called the “Overset” or “Chimera” mesh. The initial task was to accurately predict…
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Reduced-Order Modeling of Vehicle Aerodynamics via Proper Orthogonal Decomposition

SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - Mechanical Systems

Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany-Rolf Radespiel
Volkswagen AG, Germany-Markus Mrosek, Carsten Othmer
  • Journal Article
  • 06-12-03-0016
Published 2019-10-21 by SAE International in United States
Aerodynamic optimization of the exterior vehicle shape is a highly multidisciplinary task involving, among others, styling and aerodynamics. The often differing priorities of these two disciplines give rise to iterative loops between stylists and aerodynamicists. Reduced-order modeling (ROM) has the potential to shortcut these loops by enabling aerodynamic evaluations in real time. In this study, we aim to assess the performance of ROM via proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) for a real-life industrial test case, with focus on the achievable accuracy for the prediction of fields and aerodynamic coefficients. To that end, we create a training data set based on a six-dimensional parameterization of a Volkswagen passenger production car by computing 100 variants with Detached-Eddy simulations (DES). Based on this training data, we reduce the dimension of the solution space via POD and interpolate the base coefficients with Kriging (aka Gaussian Process Regression) for predictions of the flow field at unseen parameter combinations. The error analysis of the fields and drag coefficient predictions reveal that 100 training samples are sufficient for this six-dimensional test case in…
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Winglet Design and Analysis for Cessna 152 - A Numerical Study

SRM Institute of Science and Technology-Vivek Saini, Nagarajan Sunil Bhargav, Yallur Mohiddinsha, Sundararaj Senthilkumar
Published 2019-10-11 by SAE International in United States
During flight an emergent circulatory flow pattern named vortex is observed at wing tips producing induced drag. An approach to reduce this effect is by implementing winglets. Winglets are small wing-like lifting surfaces, fitted at the tip of some wings, usually with the objective of decreasing trailing vortex drag and thereby increasing the aerodynamic efficiency of the wing. The aim of the project is to design and analyze the effect of winglets for Cessna 152 by varying the cant angle and sweep angle. This model has been selected since it provides a good choice for Pilots first airplane. A baseline wing model was designed in CATIA V5, correspondingly wings with winglet models were designed with a fixed taper ratio of 0.2 and different cant and sweep angles. The lift to drag ratio is evaluated at different angles of attack by varying winglet design parameters. Different wing configurations with various Cant and Sweep angles were analyzed at sea level conditions using K-ω SST turbulent model in ANSYS FLUENT and best winglet with desired characteristics for optimum…
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