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Old 06-12-2013, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Vortex strake device; reducing aerodynamic drag

I first posted this in the Unicorn Corral because I thought that was were debatable topics were supposed to go. Turns out I was wrong about that somehow, so to gain a wider audience and hopefully discover with other's help the proof that these work as patented, I now re-post it here.

Vortex strake device and method for reducing the aerodynamic drag of ground vehicles Patent Number US7255387 B2
Patent US7255387 - Vortex strake device and method for reducing the aerodynamic drag of ground ... - Google Patents

If I were to think of this as a rain diverter on a roof, such as found over an entry-way I'd say yes, it works.

However we are talking air pressures and vortexes which have a life far from and beyond the moving body.

What say yee?

I found this quote in the forum.
Originally Posted by Gone4 View Post
It's possible to used vanned diffusers to reorganize the flow without introducing turbulence.................
Fences and strakes are used on aircraft, so there might be something to this patent in my opinion.

We also see similar (but not exactly the same) features on more and more racing cars, and they are being regulated by the rules because they work, right?

1. What tests have these devices passed?

2. Where are they being used?

I await your research, and I'll do a little as well when I can get to it.

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