A computational analysis of flow and acoustics around a car wing mirror

Aidan Bowes, Reaz Hasan

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The automotive industry is continually aiming to develop the aerodynamics of car bodies. This may be for a variety of beneficial reasons such as to increase speed or fuel efficiency by reducing drag. However, recently there has been a greater amount of focus on wind noise produced while driving. Designers in this industry seek a combination of both simplicity of approach and overall effectiveness. This combined with the growing availability of commercial CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) packages is likely to lead to an increase in the use of RANS (Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes) based CFD methods. This is due to these methods often being simpler than other CFD methods, having lower time and computing requirements. In this investigation the effectiveness of turbulent flow and acoustic noise prediction using RANS based methods has been assessed for different wing mirror geometries. Three different RANS based models were used; standard k-ε, realizable k-ε and k-ω SST. The merits and limitations of these methods are then discussed, by comparing with both experimental and numerical results found in literature. In general, flow prediction is fairly comparable to more complex LES (Large Eddy Simulation) based methods; in particular the k-ω SST model. However acoustic noise prediction still leaves opportunities for more improvement using RANS based methods.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2015
EventWorld Congress on Engineering 2015 - Imperial College, London
Duration: 2 Jul 2015 → …


ConferenceWorld Congress on Engineering 2015
Period2/07/15 → …
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