Fluids, Volume 6, Issue 1 (January 2021) – 46 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): The front wing is the most influential aerodynamic component on an open-wheel race car, but its performance during the critical cornering condition is rarely explored, in part because it cannot be accurately simulated in a traditional wind tunnel where only fixed yaw is possible. However, the flexibility of computational fluid dynamics allows a true representation of this condition to be simulated. Hence, this study investigates the aerodynamics of a generic, three-element part–span–flap front wing in ground effect with comparisons made between true cornering, implemented by applying a global centre of rotation to the computational domain together with the apt boundary conditions, and straight-line and fixed yaw conditions. Overall, flow-field asymmetry was the main theme of the findings. View this paper.
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