Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750612678, 9781483102078

Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles

1st Edition

From Fluid Mechanics to Vehicle Engineering

Editors: Wolf-Heinrich Hucho
eBook ISBN: 9781483102078
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st January 1987
Page Count: 576
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Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles details the aerodynamics of passenger cars, commercial vehicles, sports cars, and race cars; their external flow field; as well as their internal flow field. The book, after giving an introduction to automobile aerodynamics and some fundamentals of fluid mechanics, covers topics such as the performance and aerodynamics of different kinds of vehicles, as well as test techniques for their aerodynamics. The book also covers other concepts related to automobiles such as cooling systems and ventilations for vehicles. The text is recommended for mechanical engineers and phycisists in the automobile industry who would like to understand more about aerodynamics of motor vehicles and its importance on the field of road safety and automobile production.

Table of Contents


1 Introduction to Automobile Aerodynamics

1.1 Scope

1.2 Historical Development

1.3 Development Trends

1.4 Notation

2 Some Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics

2.1 Properties of Incompressible Fluids

2.2 Flow Phenomena Related to Vehicles

2.3 External Flow Problems

2.4 Internal Flow Problems

2.5 Relationships Between External and Internal Flow On Vehicles

2.6 Notation

3 Performance of Cars and Light Vans

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Resistance to Vehicle Motion

3.3 Performance

3.4 The Estimation of Fuel Consumption

3.5 Fuel Consumption and Performance

3.6 Outlook

3.7 Notation

4 Aerodynamic Drag of Passenger Cars

4.1 The Passenger Car As A Bluff Body

4.2 Flow Field Around A Passenger Car

4.3 Analysis of Aerodynamic Drag

4.4 Strategies For Aerodynamic Development of Passenger Cars

4.5 Drag of Passenger Cars in Production

4.6 Research in The Field of Vehicle Aerodynamics

4.7 Notation

5 Driving Stability In Side Winds

5.1 Introduction

5.2 The Origin of The Forces and Moments On A Vehicle

5.3 Real Side-Wind Problems

5.4 Vehicle Dynamics Under Side Wind

5.5 The Effect of Aerodynamic Forces On Lateral Deviation

5.6 Safety Limit

5.7 Outlook

5.8 Notation

6 Operation, Safety and Comfort

6.1 Definition of Themes

6.2 The Field of Flow Around A Vehicle

6.3 Forces Acting Upon Bodywork Components

6.4 Dirt Accumulation On the Vehicle

6.5 Wind Noise

6.6 Air Flow Around Individual Components

6.7 Future Prospects

6.8 Notation

7 High-Performance Vehicles

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Some Historical Milestones

7.3 The Influence of Aerodynamics On High-Performance Vehicles

7.4 Design Alternatives

7.5 Special Problems

7.6 Trends In Future High-Performance Vehicle Development

7.7 Notation

8 Commercial Vehicles

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Tractive Resistance and Fuel Consumption

8.3 Drag Reduction and Fuel Consumption

8.4 Aerodynamic Drag Coefficients of Different Commercial Vehicles

8.5 Reducing Aerodynamic Drag

8.6 Taking Advantage of Aerodynamic Effects

8.7 Vehicle Soiling

8.8 Notation

9 Engine Cooling System

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Cooling System Requirements

9.3 Elements of The Cooling System

9.4 Designing The Cooling System

9.5 Experimental Testing of The Cooling System

9.6 Evaluating The Cooling System

9.7 Notation

10 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning of Motor Vehicles

10.1 Climate

10.2 Physical Aspects of Climate

10.3 How Climate Can Be Influenced

10.4 Components of A Heating and Ventilation System

10.5 Example of A Production Heating System

10.6 Summary

10.7 Notation

11 Wind Tunnels For Automobile Aerodynamics

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Principles of Wind Tunnel Technology

11.3 Limitations of Simulation

11.4 Tests With Scale Models

11.5 Existing Automobile Wind Tunnels

11.6 Comparative Measurements Between European and North American Automobile Wind Tunnels

11.7 Final Comments and Prospects

11.8 Notation

12 Measurement and Test Techniques

12.1 Objectives

12.2 Measuring Equipment and Transducers

12.3 Wind Tunnel Testing Methods

12.4 Road Testing Methods

12.5 Notation

13 Numerical Methods For Computation of Flow Around Road Vehicles

13.1 Introduction

13.2 Nature of Flow Around Road Vehicles

13.3 Some Difficulties of Numerical Simulation of The Road Vehicle Flow Field

13.4 Relative Magnitude of the Forces In A Flow Field

13.5 Criteria For Consideration of Viscous and Compressibility Effects In A Flow Field

13.6 Two Approximations For the Fluid Air

13.7 Inviscid Flow Methods

13.8 Coupled Inviscid Flow - Boundary Layer Methods

13.9 Methods Based On Solution of Navier-Stokes Equations

13.10 Concluding Remarks

13.11 Notation


Subject Index

Author Index


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About the Editor

Wolf-Heinrich Hucho