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MTF235 - Road vehicle aerodynamic design
 
Owner: AUMAS
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: C
Department: 42 - APPLIED MECHANICS


Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0199 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   16 Dec 2006 am M,  Contact examiner,  29 Aug 2007 am M

In programs

TMASA MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - Automotive Engineering, Year 4 (elective)
TDESA INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ENGINEERING, Year 4 (elective)
AINDE MSc PROGRAM IN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ENGINEERING, Year 2 (elective)
AUMAS MSc PROGRAMME IN AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING, Year 1 (elective)
CEMAS MSc PROGRAMME IN COMPUTATIONAL AND EXPERIMENTAL TURBULENCE, Year 1 (elective)

Examiner:

Professor  Lennart Löfdahl



Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic and advanced courses in Fluid Mechanics

Aim

Road vehicle aerodynamic design provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject for students of engineering and design working in the automotive field. The course concentrate on illustrated explanations of the physical principles involved. Although the approach is largely non-mathematical, quantitative data are given, together with some basic formulae and examples of their use. Practical design implications are stated, illustrated by examples of current and historic vehicles.

Content

A description of the basic mechanisms of lift and drag production on road vehicles is given together with the principles of drag reduction and the generation of downforce. Aerodynamic design aspects of the external and internal flows of domestic cars, commercial vehicles and track racing cars are dealt with in detail. Unlike aircraft aerodynamics, the subject does not lend itself to traditional methods of mathematical analysis, but a short introduction to the application of computational fluid dynamics techniques is included. Wind tunnels and road testing methods are also discussed.

Literature

R. H. Barnard;
Road Vehicle Aerodynamic Design, Addison Wesley Longman Ltd.
(ISBN 0-582-24522-2 (pbk))
Complementing Material

Examination

During the course a wind tunnel experiment is conducted on force measurement of a 1/5 scale model.
A short written examination is given on the content of the course material.
A group project work is carried out and presented both as a poster.


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