[Lecture] Future Aerodynamic Drag Savings: from where will they come?
Update Time:2021-02-15 15:15:27

Speaker: Professor Firoz Alam (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia)
Time: February 19, 2021, 11:00am
Site: Tencent Meeting ID: 880224428
Inviter: Professor Wang Yiping (wangyiping@whut.edu.cn)

Achieving aerodynamic reduction and high cooling performance in road vehicles are challenging as they are closely linked to fuel savings and emission reduction. In this talk, the potential aerodynamic drag reductions and cooling performance improvement that can be achieved by detailed design of components which are not influenced by stylistic constraints, will be elaborated. The discussion will be focused on the vehicle underside; reductions in the (high drag) cooling losses associated with cooling flows, particularly through the radiator; internal shaping and volumes of wheel arches. The potential drag reductions and improvement of cooling effectiveness that could arise by running vehicles in very close convoys (also known as platoons) will also be highlighted.

Dr Firoz Alam is a Professor in the School of Engineering at RMIT University in Australia. His research interest includes aircraft, road vehicle, train, etc. Prof Alam has over 250 publications. Currently he is serving as Editor in Chief and editorial board member for over half a dozen international scientific journals. Prof Alam is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and APEC Engineer. He is an active member of several other professional societies and associations including American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) USA, Royal Society of Victoria, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), etc. He has supervised over 20 PhD research students to completion.

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