DOI: 10.3390/fluids8120322 ISSN: 2311-5521

An Exploratory Wind Tunnel Study of Air Jet Wheel Spoilers

Jeff Howell, Daniel Butcher, Martin Passmore
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

Wheels and wheelhouses are a significant source of aerodynamic drag on passenger cars. The use of air jets, in the form of an air curtain, to smooth the airflow around front wheel housings on cars has become common practice, as it produces a small drag benefit. This paper reports an initial small-scale wind tunnel study of an air jet employed as an effective wheel spoiler to reduce the drag produced by the front wheels and wheel housings of passenger cars. For this investigation, the air jet was created using an external compressed-air supply and was applied to a highly simplified car body shape. The data presented suggest that the air jet has some potential as a drag-reduction device.

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