International Journal of Automotive Engineering
Online ISSN : 2185-0992
Print ISSN : 2185-0984
ISSN-L : 2185-0992
Research Paper
Experimental Investigation on the Aerodynamics of Isolated Rotating Wheels and Evaluation of Wheel Rotation Models Using Unsteady CFD
Lukas HaagThomas BlachaThomas Indinger
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2017 Volume 8 Issue 1 Pages 7-14


Wheel aerodynamics of passenger cars has recently been under close investigation due to its influence on the aerodynamic forces on the vehicle. In modern wind-tunnels the wheel rotation can be resembled close to reality, while, in their CFD development process, car manufactures rely on simplified models for considering rotating wheels. In this paper, model-scale generic and production wheels are investigated experimentally, in respect of the influence of geometry, camber and a brake disc. The data is used to assess the accuracy of CFD simulations using open-source software and their applicability in a manufacturer’s CFD process.

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