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VSAERO

swMATH ID: 7645
Software Authors: Stark Aerospace, Inc; Thuwis, Glenn A.A.; de Breuker, Roeland; Abdalla, Mostafa M.; Gürdal, Zafer
Description: Aeroelastic tailoring using lamination parameters The aim of the present work is to passively reduce the induced drag of the rear wing of a Formula One car at high velocity through aeroelastic tailoring. The angle-of-attack of the rear wing is fixed and is determined by the required downforce needed to get around a turn. As a result, at higher velocity, the amount of downforce and related induced drag increases. The maximum speed on a straight part is thus reduced due to the increase in induced drag. A fibre reinforced composite torsion box with extension-shear coupled upper and lower skins is used leading to bending-torsion coupling. Three-dimensional static aeroelastic analysis is performed loosely coupling the Finite Element code Nastran and the Computational Fluid Dynamics panel code VSAERO using ModelCenter. A wing representative of Formula One rear wings is optimised for minimum induced drag using a response surface methodology. Results indicate that a substantial induced drag reduction is achievable while maintaining the desired downforce during low speed turns.
Homepage: https://www.ami.aero/software-computing/amis-computational-fluid-dynamics-tools/vsaero/
Keywords: aeroelastic tailoring; lamination parameters; drag reduction; automotive; { t NASTRAN}; { t VSAERO}
Related Software: DistMesh; ModelCenter; SIMPACK; NASTRAN
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1 Fluid mechanics (76-XX)

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