The Two-Variable Boundary-Interference Correction Applied to Automotive Aerodynamic Data 2008-01-1204
This paper presents applications of the Two-Variable method for the correction of solid-wall boundary interference of both wind tunnel and CFD data for a simplified automobile model at zero yaw angle and to a flat-plate wing over a 90° angle range. The latter model has flowfields that vary from those of a streamlined body at 0° yaw to those of a bluff body at 90° yaw. The Two-Variable method utilizes measurements on the wind tunnel walls to estimate the interference velocity components induced by the solid boundaries. The correction of the forces and moments from these interference velocities are obtained by Hackett's force model. The paper compares this method to a simpler analytical method that is more practical to apply in closed-wall wind tunnels. It is shown that the effect of the wind tunnel walls or CFD domain boundaries can accurately removed by these techniques for model/domain area ratios of up to 0.15.