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Old   April 27, 2012, 05:30
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Hi CFX specialists,

I am simulating an external flow over a vehicle using CFX.

Is there any possibility in extracting the resulting forces at the wheels?

I have tried functions like
force()_x@wheel
but you will only receive the resulting forces created on the wheel surface and summed up into the pressure point.

Does anybody have an idea?

Due to the overdetermined situation (4 wheels) this issue can't be solved by calculations. It can only be roughly approximated.

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but you will only receive the resulting forces created on the wheel surface and summed up into the pressure point.
I do not know what this sentence means.

If you are saying the force is for the 4 wheels rather than individual wheels - if you have a mesh primitive for each wheel you can get the force per wheel there, otherwise you will need to edit your mesh so each wheel is a different boundary. Both of these methods will give you the force on each wheel.
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Old   April 29, 2012, 04:20
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Hey ghorrocks,

thanks for your reply!

well what I mean is the resulting force distribution of the negative lift force on the whole body. This lift results in down forces at each of the four wheels at the contact area to the road.

Having separated components for the wheels I will receive only the force created by the wheel geometry and not the whole body. Having asymmetric aerodynamics on the vehicle (left/right side) I will need to figure out the created side forces at the wheels as well.

I once read something like:
"torqueX()@location"
But I am not sure how to use it cause I have four wheels in my model and differing down forces at each side.

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Old   April 29, 2012, 06:52
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My previous post said what your options are - use mesh primitives if they exist, otherwise you will need to define a different boundary pathc for each wall.

Then it is a trivial matter to get the forces and moments of each tyre individually.
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