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2019-06-07

Developing a Theory for Active Grille Shutter Aerodynamics—Part 1: Base Theory 2019-01-5063

The aim is to develop a theory to describe the aerodynamic behavior of active grille shutters (AGS). The theory correlates the cooling air mass flow and drag of a vehicle with the angle and number of air flaps on the AGS. The relatively simple mathematical formulation of this theory provides an insight into the aerodynamic behavior and characteristic curve shape of AGS. It illustrates how the number of air flaps changes and influences the shape of the AGS characteristic curve. The theory is validated by experiments using wind tunnel measurements on real vehicles with AGS. The comparisons show good agreement between theory and experiment.

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