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Old 03-12-2009, 01:56 PM   #194 (permalink)
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I don't know how much the state of the art for CFD has changed in the last 11 years (I imagine a lot), but Hucho was a strong proponent of hands-on wind tunnel development/testing in his 1998 book.

I wonder if it is still true that "automobile aerodynamics is still dominated by empiricism, shape optimization in particular".

Don't know enough about CFD to say.
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