Computational Study of the Aerodynamic Behavior of a Three-Dimensional Car Configuration 890598
Three-dimensional flows around a car configuration, a Mazda RX-7, were computed by directly integrating the governing unsteady, incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. A well-established finite-difference procedure was utilized. The basic equations were formulated in a generalized coordinate system. A third-order upwind scheme was applied to discretize the equations, and the numerical solutions were acquired without using any explicit turbulence models. Elaborate numerical results were presented at a high Reynolds number, Re=106 (based on the body length). In order to investigate the influence of the cross wind, computations were carried out for two yaw angles, i.e., 0 degree and 30 degrees. Extensive flow visualizations, using state-of-the-art computer graphics, were performed; details of the three-dimensional flow structure were examined. Well-controlled wind tunnel experiments were also conducted. The present numerical results were found to be in broad agreement with the experimental measurements. The present numerical solutions successfully captured the essential features of the flow, especially for the case of a large yaw angle; large-scale flow separations were clearly discernible in the computed flow field.
Citation: Kawaguchi, K., Hashiguchi, M., Yamasaki, R., and Kuwahara, K., "Computational Study of the Aerodynamic Behavior of a Three-Dimensional Car Configuration," SAE Technical Paper 890598, 1989, https://doi.org/10.4271/890598. Download Citation