Third M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics June 14–17, 2005  

Design optimization of an engine air intake

N. Hoyle*, N.W. Bressloff,  A.J. Keane
University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

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A novel geometry modeling technique is defined for the optimization of pressure recovery through a two-dimensional subsonic diffuser based on that of an F1 race car airbox. The airbox design procedure involves considering the expansion of the air entering the airbox coupled with a bend through 90°, both of which are discussed separately before uniting the two in a final optimization study. The geometry modeling technique discussed allows for potentially radical designs with high pressure recoveries.

Keywords:  Diffuser; Computational fluid dynamics (CFD); Geometry Modeling; Shape optimization

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