Numerical Simulation of Wiper System Aerodynamic Behavior 2001-01-0036
Valeo Wiper Systems (VWS) has invested in the CFD Fluent package since 1996. This paper reports the means implemented and the results obtained in 1997 during several validation campaigns for various configurations of wiper-blades placed on a flat glass. The calculation method is described, from the conversion of the CATIA CAD data to the calculation itself. Numerical results are close to experimental data, obtained from the aerodynamic scales especially built for a CFD validation purpose. The benefits due to the improvements of the CFD software Fluent and the workstations performances since 1997 are also estimated.