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Old 06-28-2019, 05:10 PM   #51 (permalink)
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... I think the ideal thing would be to extend the moving belt out ahead of the car.
That's true. I wonder why they don't do that? Probably expense, I would bet. Maybe they can use the tunnel for more versatile types of testing if the Belt doesn't extend over the entire floor?

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Right, and vacuuming it off has the effect of lowering the air pressure under the front of the car. Combining the vacuum slot and the moving belt, this could artificially give downforce on the front of the car.
I was just thinking about this more--over the stationary floor, the velocity at the floor/boundary layer interface is 0, so all the kinetic energy of the airstream there is being converted to pressure. That could make the pressure under the front of the car overly positive if not corrected, and suctioning it off could address that.
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I was just thinking about this more--over the stationary floor, the velocity at the floor/boundary layer interface is 0, so all the kinetic energy of the airstream there is being converted to pressure. That could make the pressure under the front of the car overly positive if not corrected, and suctioning it off could address that.
The air immediately adjacent to the floor boundary is always at zero velocity,whether in a calm,or moving air mass.The difference would be whether or not a boundary layer was present,either laminar,or turbulent.For the size of a full-scale model,it would always be a turbulent boundary layer.
With a stationary-floor tunnel,without suction,you'd not only have a turbulent boundary layer forming and growing on the underside of the model,you'd also have one present and growing under the model on the floor.This creates 'Wall-Effect',choking off the inviscid free flow,accelerating it to an artificial high velocity and lower static pressure.This wouldn't happen in the real world.It is for this reason that you'd want to vacuum that layer away.Or provide a curved wall/ceiling to compensate for the blockage effects of the model in the test section.DARKO and A2 use this.

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