MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 133, 2017BulTrans-2017 – 9th International Scientific Conference on Aeronautics, Automotive and Railway Engineering and Technologies
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|Published online||07 November 2017|
Experimental and numerical study of the flow field around a small car
1 ENSAM, Dynfluid, 151 bd de L’Hôpital, 75013 Paris, France
2 CNAM, Equipe Energétique, Turbomachines et Moteurs, Laboratoire Chimie Moléculaire, Génie des Procédés Chimiques et Energétique, CNAM, Saint Martin, 75003 Paris, France
3 Technical University – Sofia, Faculty of Transport, 8 Kliment Ohridski Blvd., 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
This paper presents the aerodynamic study of a small car, which participated in Shell Ecomarathon Europe competition in the Urban Concept Hydrogen class. The goal is to understand the flow field around the vehicle. First, the flow is studied numerically using computational aerodynamics. The numerical simulation is carried out by means of CFD Fluent in order to obtain the drag force experienced by the vehicle and also the flow field. Then the flow field around the car is studied in a wind tunnel by means of particle image velocimetry (PIV). The comparison of the flow fields obtained numerically and experimentally shows good correspondence. The obtained results are very helpful for future car development and permit to improve the drag and to obtain a good stability.
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