Development of rapid simulation method for automotive aerodynamics

Kei Akasaka, Kenji Ono

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Abstract

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is now widely used as an essential tool in the development of automotive aerodynamics. However, the time required for repairing non-watertight geometries has recently become a serious problem in current CFD processes. Therefore, we developed an efficient simulation method that allows the flow around a non-watertight geometry to be computed on a Cartesian grid. This method can substantially reduce the turnaround time and effort required for CFD processes, because the repair work can be eliminated. The proposed method adopts an embedded boundary condition technique to capture arbitrary shapes more accurately on the background Cartesian grid. In addition, a local mesh refinement technique enables higher computational efficiency to be realized, and large-eddy simulation (LES) is used to reproduce high-Reynolds-number turbulent flow. Preliminary tests were performed on an engine bay configuration that had non-watertight geometries and a 1/5-scale model of an automobile configuration. As a result, the proposed method was confirmed to enable rapid grid generation and flow simulation around non-watertight geometries. Moreover, the computed results showed good agreement with experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting Collocated with 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, FEDSM2010
Pages2633-2639
Number of pages7
Volume1
EditionPARTS A, B AND C
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, FEDSM 2010 Collocated with 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Aug 1 2010Aug 5 2010

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OtherASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, FEDSM 2010 Collocated with 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period8/1/108/5/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Akasaka, K., & Ono, K. (2010). Development of rapid simulation method for automotive aerodynamics. In ASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting Collocated with 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, FEDSM2010 (PARTS A, B AND C ed., Vol. 1, pp. 2633-2639) https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM-ICNMM2010-30625