Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Research

Vehicle Aerodynamics Research Group

The vehicle aerodynamics research group is one of the largest such University based research groups in the world. Research activity encompasses both experimental and computational approaches building strongly on the broader Loughborough capabilities in applied aerodynamics.

The activities include experimental and computational studies applying a very broad range of techniques including planar and tomographic PIV, pressure, balance and DES/LES to a range of vehicle geometries including reference and generic test cases and real vehicles. The group has access to high quality wind tunnels and instrumentation, HPC and commercial and in-house CFD codes. A particular strength of the group is the complementary use of experimental and computational methods.

Broad areas of interest include:

  • Drag reduction, (optimisation, wheel drag unsteady contributions)
  • Flow control, using active methods to modifying the wake balance and reduce drag
  • Wake topology, wake dynamics, Bi-stability
  • Real world aerodynamics, including the influence of the environment and other vehicles on vehicle drag and its optimisation
  • Crosswind and straight line stability and the influence on real world conditions on the aero-acoustic performance
  • Multi-phase flow applied to the measurement and modelling of surface water and dispersed phase surface contamination

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