Road vehicle’s cornering motion is known to be compound motion mainly of forward motion, side slip motion and yaw motion, but little is known about vehicle’s aerodynamics in this compound motion. It is thought that by clarifying and understanding vehicle’s aerodynamic characteristic in cornering motion, vehicle’s maneuvering stability during high speed driving could be aerodynamically improved. Therefore, in this study, aerodynamic characteristic during vehicle’s cornering motion, i.e. compound motion of forward motion, side slip motion and yaw motion, was investigated. Furthermore, evaluation method for aerodynamic force generated by the compound motion of forward motion, side slip motion and yaw motion was studied. CFD analysis of vehicle in dynamic meandering motion, forward motion with side slip motion and forward motion with yaw motion were conducted.
Small Injection Amount Fuel Spray Characteristics Injected by Hole-Type Nozzle for D.I. Diesel Engine
Abstract Spray characteristics under very small injection amount injected by the hole-type nozzle for a D.I. Diesel engine were investigated using the spray test rig consisting a high-pressure and high-temperature constant volume vessel with optical accesses and a common rail injection system. The Laser Absorption Scattering (LAS) technique was used to visualize the liquid and vapor phase distributions in the evaporating spray. In the very small injection amount condition of the evaporating and free (no wall impingement) spray, the both spray tip penetration and spray angle are larger than those of the non-evaporating free spray. This tendency contradicts the previous observation of the diesel spray with large injection amount and the quasi steady state momentum theory. In the case of the spray impinging on a 2-dimensional piston cavity wall, the spray tip penetration of the evaporating spray is larger than that of the non-evaporating spray.
Relationships between vehicle's high speed stability during a steering action and following aerodynamic coefficients have already been reported in the past: coefficients for time-averaged aerodynamic lift, yawing moment, side force and rolling moment. In terms of the relationships, however, we have occasionally experienced different high speed stability during steering input even with identical suspension property and almost the same aerodynamic coefficients. A vehicle during high speed cornering shows complex behavior due to unsteady air flow around the vehicle and unintentional steering input from a driver. So it is supposed that the behavior is too complex to be fully described only with those aerodynamic coefficients. Through on-road test  and CFD analysis [2,3,4], we have studied unsteady aerodynamic characteristics around a vehicle for pitching motion during straight-line high speed driving.
We investigate the pitching stability characteristics of sedan-type vehicles using large-eddy simulation (LES) technique. Pitching oscillation is a commonly encountered phenomenon when a vehicle is running on a road. Attributed to the change in a vehicle's position during pitching, the flow field around it is altered accordingly. This causes a change in aerodynamic forces and moments exerted on the vehicle. The resulting vehicle's response is complex and assumed to be unsteady, which is too complicated to be interpreted in a conventional wind tunnel or using a numerical method that relies on the steady state solution. Hence, we developed an LES method for solving unsteady aerodynamic forces and moments acting on a vehicle during pitching. The pitching motion of a vehicle during LES was produced by using the arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian technique. We compared two simplified vehicle models representing actual sedan-type vehicles with different pitching stability characteristics.