CFD Based Air-to-Boil Temperature Prediction for Sport Utility Vehicle Radiator 2006-01-3266
Front end cooling module which consists of condenser, intercooler, radiator and fan is an important part of vehicle design as it affects radiator thermal performance. The current study describes a CFD based method to predict air-to-boil (ATB) temperature of a sport utility vehicle radiator. The predicted ATB values were compared with experimental data obtained from outdoor cooling trials. The predicted and the experimental values agreed to within 3-5 °C for operating conditions ranging from low gear-low speed condition to high gear-high speed conditions. It is anticipated that such analyses will lead to reduction of design cycle time and prototyping costs.