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Computation of the Flow Around a Simplified Car Using the Rescaled v2–f Model

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Rémi Manceau

University of Poitiers, Futuroscope Chasseneuil Cedex, France

Paper No. FEDSM2003-45584, pp. 1071-1076; 6 pages
  • ASME/JSME 2003 4th Joint Fluids Summer Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: Fora, Parts A, B, C, and D
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, July 6–10, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3696-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3673-8
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


The Ahmed body is a simplified car used in automotive industry to investigate the influence of the flow structure on the drag. When the angle of the hatchback approaches 30°, the wake of the body experiences a transition from a quasi-2-D to a fully 3-D structure, which is at the origin of a drag crisis. Many turbulence models have been tested for the case at 25° and none of them was able to reproduce correctly the complex flow structure. The paper aims at investigating the performances of a recently developed near-wall eddy-viscosity model, the rescaled v2 –f model, which is derived from the well known v2 –f model. It is shown that the model does not perform better than models of the same class. Indeed, the predicted wake is nearly 2-D, massively separated, which is characteristic of the low-drag configuration: the transition of the wake to a fully 3-D, highly dissipative structure is not reproduced.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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