Guidelines for SUV Bodywork Design Focused on Aerodynamic Drag Reduction Using the Generic AeroSUV Model
SUV Aerodynamics has received increased attention as the stake this segments holds in the automotive market keeps growing year after year, as well as the direct impact it has on fuel economy. Understanding the key physics in order to accomplish both fuel efficient and aesthetic products is paramount, which indeed gave origin to a major initiative to enhance collaborative aerodynamic research across academia and industry, the DrivAer model. In addition to this sedan-based DrivAer model, a new dedicated SUV generic model, called AeroSUV (Zhang C. T., 2019), has been introduced this year, likewise intended to provide a common framework for aerodynamic research for both experimental and numerical simulation validation. The present work provides an area of common ground for SUV bodywork design focused on minimization of aerodynamic drag making use of the new AeroSUV model in its three available configurations, namely estate back, fastback and notchback.