Improved Aerodynamic Analysis

Volvo buses travel about 250 to 350 km in
a trip and usually are of sleeper coach mode. The
exterior styling, drag force reduction and
aerodynamically efficient design for reduced fuel
consumption are the three essential factors for a
successful operation in the competitive world. The
bus body building companies prioritizes the
exterior looks of the bus and ignores the
aerodynamic aspect. Scientific design of sleepers
for increased comfort of the passengers is seldom
seen. The overall aim of this project was to
redesign a Volvo bus with enhanced exterior
styling, reduced aerodynamic performance and
comfort. Fluent, a commercial CFD code was used
to evaluate the aerodynamic performance.
Principles of product design were used to analyze
the styling and comfort.

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Thu, 14/04/2011 - 01:20