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Ahmed body

Hereafter, we compute the flow about the classical Ahmed body [1]. In this case, we compare the numerical results obtained with OpenFOAM, against the experimental results obtained in references [2, 3]. The simulations were conducted for a slant angle of 25 degrees and a velocity of 40 m/s.



 Experimental valueOpenFOAM valuePercent Difference (%)
\( c_d \) 0.305 0.2986 2.09


warning  The experimental values were extracted from plots illustrated in references [2,3].
We can not guarantee the accuracy or precision of this information.


Note 1: the meshes were generated using a third-party application.

Note 2: the results were obtained using the k-omega 2006 turbulence model.




[1] Some Salient Features of the Time-Averaged Ground Vehicle Wake, SAE-Paper 840300, 1984.

[2] Aerodynamic Performance of Vehicles in Platoons: The Influence of Backlight Angles. SAE Technical Paper 2007-01-1547, 2007.

[3] On the Aerodynamic Performance of Automotive Vehicle Platoons Featuring Pre and Post-Critical Leading Forms. R. Pagliarella, PhD Thesis. RMIT University.


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