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Numerical Investigation of Unsteady Crosswind Vehicle Aerodynamics using Time-Dependent Inflow Conditions
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering, Aerodynamics. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, VinnExcellence Center for ECO2 Vehicle design.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Centres, VinnExcellence Center for ECO2 Vehicle design.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9061-4174
2008 (English)In: Seventh World MIRA International Vehicle Aerodynamics Conference, 2008Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Transient disturbances concerning ground vehicles are not only due to rail or road irregularities but are also caused by unsteady ambient wind conditions. This study presents a numerical investigation of unsteady crosswind aerodynamics by using the commercial software STAR-CD from CD-Adapco. The unsteadiness of the aerodynamics is introduced through time-dependent inflow boundary conditions that describe a jet flow according to Schlichting [1]. The purpose of this study is to explore the validity of the commonly used numerical methods (URANS and DES) for the current crosswind application. To this end, simplified vehicle geometries are utilized, for which the experimental results of Chadwick et al. [2] are used as reference data.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008.
Keywords [en]
Vehicle Aerodynamics, crosswind aerodynamics, crosswind stability, Detached-Eddy Simulation
National Category
Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics Vehicle Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-11322ISBN: 978-1-906400-05-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-11322DiVA, id: diva2:273710
Conference
7th MIRA International Vehicle Aerodynamics Conference, Coventry, 22-23 October, 2008.
Projects
ECO2 crosswind stability and unsteady aerodynamics
Note

QC 20101012

Available from: 2009-10-23 Created: 2009-10-23 Last updated: 2016-05-23Bibliographically approved
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1. Numerical Investigation of Unsteady Crosswind Aerodynamics for Ground Vehicles
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Numerical Investigation of Unsteady Crosswind Aerodynamics for Ground Vehicles
2009 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Ground vehicles are subjected to crosswind from various origins such as weather, topography of the ambient environment (land, forest, tunnels, high bushes...) or surrounding traffic. The trend of lowering the weight of vehicles imposes a stronger need for understanding the coupling between crosswind stability, the vehicle external shape and the dynamic properties. Means for reducing fuel consumption of ground vehicles can also conflict with the handling and dynamic characteristics of the vehicle. Streamlined design of vehicle shapes to lower the drag can be a good example of this dilemma. If care is not taken, the streamlined shape can lead to an increase in yaw moment under crosswind conditions which results in a poor handling.

The development of numerical methods provides efficient tools to investigate these complex phenomena that are difficult to reproduce experimentally. Time accurate and scale resolving methods, like Detached-Eddy Simulations (DES), are particularly of interest, since they allow a better description of unsteady flows than standard Reynolds Average Navier-Stokes (RANS) models. Moreover, due to the constant increase in computational resources, this type of simulations complies more and more with industrial interests and design cycles.

In this thesis, the possibilities offered by DES to simulate unsteady crosswind aerodynamics of simple vehicle models in an industrial framework are explored. A large part of the work is devoted to the grid design, which is especially crucial for truthful results from DES. Additional concerns in simulations of unsteady crosswind aerodynamics are highlighted, especially for the resolution of the wind-gust boundary layer profiles. Finally, the transient behaviour of the aerodynamic loads and the flow structures are analyzed for several types of vehicles. The results simulated with DES are promising and the overall agreement with the experimental data available is good, which illustrates a certain reliability in the simulations. In addition, the simulations show that the force coefficients exhibit highly transient behaviour under gusty conditions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2009. p. xi, 39
Series
Trita-AVE, ISSN 1651-7660 ; 2009:68
Keywords
Aerodynamics, Vehicle Aerodynamics, Unsteady Aerodynamics, Crosswind, Unsteady Crosswind Aerodynamics, Detached-Eddy Simulations, DES
National Category
Vehicle Engineering Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-11311 (URN)978-91-7415-446-7 (ISBN)
Presentation
2009-11-12, E52, Oscars Backe 14, 3tr, KTH-Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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ECO2 Crosswind Stability and Unsteady Aerodynamics for Ground Vehicles
Available from: 2009-10-23 Created: 2009-10-21 Last updated: 2010-10-12Bibliographically approved

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