Numerical Aerodynamic Optimization of a Low Fuel Consumption Car Body Shape

Paper #:
  • 2000-01-0492

Published:
  • 2000-03-06
Citation:
Lopes, A. and Carvalheira, P., "Numerical Aerodynamic Optimization of a Low Fuel Consumption Car Body Shape," SAE Technical Paper 2000-01-0492, 2000, https://doi.org/10.4271/2000-01-0492.
Pages:
9
Abstract:
The present paper describes the procedure employed and the results obtained in a study on the aerodynamic characteristics of an experimental car. The aim of the study was to optimize the aerodynamic performance of a prototype developed for the 15th Shell Eco-Marathon Contest 1999. The aerodynamic optimization was conducted via a numerical study. The code employed solves the Navier-Stokes equations in a boundary-fitted coordinate system, using the SIMPLEC procedure. Turbulence effects upon the mean flow field were modeled using a low-Reynolds number k-ε turbulence model. The analysis of both the pressure distribution and the values for the aerodynamic coefficients allowed the tuning of the car shape in terms of aerodynamic performance.
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