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Volume 172, 20183rd International Conference on Design, Analysis, Manufacturing and Simulation (ICDAMS 2018)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||12 June 2018|
Drag reduction in a class 8 truck - scaled down model
School of Mechanical Engineering, SASTRA Deemed University, Tirumalaisamudram, Thanjavur – 613401, Tamilnadu, India
2 Department of Aerospace Engineering, Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai - 600044, Tamilnadu, India
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Trucks are heavy load vehicles used mainly for commercial transport operations. There are several classes of heavy duty commercial vehicles classified based on the weight loaded. More than 50% of the engine output power in such trucks is utilized to overcome the drag. Drag force in automobiles is the resistance offered by air on vehicles at higher speeds. Class 8 trucks suffer higher drag when compared to other classes. In the present work, a numerical model is developed using a commercial code ANSYS FLUENT to predict the drag coefficient value. The effects of gap width and cab front radius with a constant fairing is analysed using the numerical model developed. A Class 8 model truck with minimal drag coefficient having constant fairing and optimized gap width between the trailer and cab is proposed.
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