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robinfisichella March 2, 2010 09:29

Human Powered Vehicle Study
 
Hi, I am currently conducting an investigation into the aerodynamics of a human powered vehicle such as seen here http://www.speed101.com/photos.htm

My aim is too closely match a published figure for a certain HPV of Cd=0.045

I am having some issues currently, my console is giving me limited tubulent viscoscity problems.

Could someone please suggest if any of my input conditions seem off?

Star CCM+

Sparat Allmaras Model
Velocity=32.25 (0 yaw)
Turb viscosity ratio=5
or
Turb intensity=0.01 (value as seen, this means 1% right?)
Length scale 20m (half the domain height)
velocity scale = 0.4m/s

Im using a trimmer mesh, the object is close to the ground, no rotating wheels. I am using a wind tunnel type domain with slip walls as the far field boundaries.

Cheers

gocarts March 2, 2010 10:50

Turbulent Intensity and Turbulent Length Scale
 
If you are going to use the turbulent intensity and turbulent length scale option then I'd guess (I'm not a Star CMM+ user) that:

Matching absolute drag values from experiments is a tough call, just ask the drag workshop: http://aaac.larc.nasa.gov/tsab/cfdlarc/aiaa-dpw/

In my opinion CFD is better suited to computing drag for different designs and using the relative difference (from a baseline) in value to make design decisions.

Hope this helps

robinfisichella March 2, 2010 10:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by gocarts (Post 248138)
If you are going to use the turbulent intensity and turbulent length scale option then I'd guess (I'm not a Star CMM+ user) that:

Matching absolute drag values from experiments is a tough call, just ask the drag workshop: http://aaac.larc.nasa.gov/tsab/cfdlarc/aiaa-dpw/

In my opinion CFD is better suited to computing drag for different designs and using the relative difference (from a baseline) in value to make design decisions.

Hope this helps

Thanks that re-assures me on a few things.


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