A Numerical Analysis Of Transient Flow Past Road Vehicles Subjected To Pitching Oscillation

Tsubokura, Makoto and Cheng, See Yuan and Nakashima, Takuji and Nouzawa, Takahide and Okada, Yoshihiro (2011) A Numerical Analysis Of Transient Flow Past Road Vehicles Subjected To Pitching Oscillation. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 99 (5). pp. 511-522. ISSN 01676105

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Conventionally, the pitching instability of road vehicles has been controlled mechanically through the application of suspension systems. The present study demonstrates how unsteady aerodynamics can be exploited for such control by properly configuring vehicle body shapes. To discern the effect of unsteady aerodynamics on road vehicle stability, large eddy simulation has been conducted to simulate the flow past simplified vehicle models. Forced-sinusoidal-pitching oscillation was imposed on the models during the simulation to probe their dynamic responses. Numerical results were compared with wind tunnel measurements for validation, and good agreement is attained. Unsteady flow structures above the rear section of the vehicles were found to significantly affect their pitching stability. Depending on the vehicle body shape configurations, the induced aerodynamic force tended to either enhance or restrain the vehicles’ pitching instability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vehicle, Transient aerodynamics, Pitching, LES, Stability, Vortex
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering > Department of Thermal Fluids
Depositing User: Dr. See Yuan Cheng
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2013 07:43
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 14:48
URI: http://eprints.utem.edu.my/id/eprint/10291
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