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Determine the aerodynamic characteristics of the MQspeed HPV aero-fairing
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 17:17 authored by Geoffrey Kitchen
In 2013 a group of students began work on designing & building a Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) to challenge for the world speed record, with competition being conducted annually in Battle Mountain, Nevada, USA. At this stage the preliminary designs for the aerodynamic fairing have been developed with the aid of Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling and the base frame & shell plug have been constructed. Due to the theoretical nature of the CFD modelling, there is a need to validate the data to ensure the correct characteristics are being used. This thesis project was established to provide that validation by constructing a reconfigurable model for testing in the Macquarie University wind tunnel. Testing will be conducted using Force & Torque measurements and also by logging air pressure measurements at key positions along the fairing's length. Particle Image Velocimetry readings will also be undertaken, given the availability of time and equipment. After the project is completed, The CFD data will be validated and the continuing theoretical modelling can continue with confidence in the data produced.