A one-sixteenth scale model of a new sports car is tested in a wind tunnel. The prototype car is 4.37
A one-sixteenth scale model of a new sports car is tested in a wind tunnel. The prototype car is 4.37 m long, 1.30 m tall, and 1.69 m wide. During the tests, the moving ground belt speed is adjusted so as to always match the speed of the air moving through the test section. Aerodynamic drag force FD is measured as a function of wind tunnel speed; the experimental results are listed in Table P7–83. Plot drag coefficient CD as a function of the Reynolds number Re, where the area used for calculation of CD is the frontal area of the model car (assume A = width × height), and the length scale used for calculation of Re is car width W. Have we achieved dynamic similarity? Have we achieved Reynolds number independence in our wind tunnel test? Estimate the aerodynamic drag force on the prototype car traveling on the highway at 31.3 m/s (70 mi/h). Assume that both the wind tunnel air and the air flowing over the prototype car are at 25°C and atmospheric pressure.
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