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Initial Validation of Cross Wind Effects on a Static High-Sided Vehicle

NAFEMS International Journal of CFD Case Studies

Volume 7, January 2008

ISSN 1462-236X

Initial Validation of Cross Wind Effects on a Static High-Sided Vehicle

DM Hargreaves1 and HP Morvan2
The University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD
1School of Civil Engineering
2School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

Keywords: CFD, Drag, High-Sided, Lift, Wind and Yaw



Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has long been used by the automotive industry to optimise vehicle designs. Typically, simulations are performed with a vehicle moving into stationary air and the effect of the wind is ignored. This paper brings the wind effects to the fore and describes the set-up of a series of CFD simulations with a moving vehicle subject to a strong cross wind. The results from a series of CFD simulations of a static vehicle subject to a cross wind from a number of yaw angles are compared against both full scale and wind tunnel data. All simulations are transient and time-averaged values of drag, lift and overturning moments are presented. The positive and negative aspects of the modelling are discussed and a number of ideas for future work are presented.


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DM Hargreaves, HP Morvan, Initial Validation of Cross Wind Effects on a Static High-Sided Vehicle, NAFEMS International Journal of CFD Case Studies, Volume 7, 2008, Pages 17-31,

Document Details

AuthorsHargreaves. D Morvan. H
TypeJournal Article
Date 8th January 2008
OrganisationUniversity of Nottingham


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