In order to understand completely the topics related to the course,
a good background in terms of: Fluid-dynamics, Technical Termodynamics
and Flow Machinery is requested.
The course of teaching is structured in two different units. In the first one the student has the possibility
to improve his knowledge about internal combustion engines. In the second part, topics related to vehicle
aerodynamics are analyzed in detail.
Internal Combustion Engines: Thermodynamic Cycles, mixture replacement for two
and four stroke engines, variable phase systems, ram effect, turbocharging,
carburator-injection systems for Otto engines, fuel supply and combustion for
Diesel engines, emissions, hybrid power units.
Vehicle Aerodynamics: fluid dynamics equations, flow regimes, aerodynamic forces, potential flow, similarity. Road testing, wind tunnel testing, numerical simulation (panel method, finite volumes method, introduction to turbulence modeling). Examples and CFD applications.
Ground effect, spoilers and wings, thin airfoils theory. Aerodynamics of a complete car.
G. Ferrari: Internal Combustion Engines - Esculapio
J.B. Heywood: Internal Combustion Engine Foundamentals - McGraw-Hill International
F.M. White, “Fluid Mechanics” - McGraw-Hill Education. (reference for the fluid dynamics basics)
W. Hucho, “Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles” - 3rd Ed. Capitoli: 13 - 4th Ed. - Sae Intl. Chapters: 1,2,4
J. Katz, “Automotive Aerodynamics” - John Wiley & Sons Inc. Chapters: 7
J. Katz, “Race Car Aerodynamics” - Bentley Pub. Chapters: 1,2,3
R.H. Barnard, “Road Vehicle Aerodynamic Design” - Mechaero Publishing. Chapters: 1,2,4,11
S. McBeath, “Competition car Aerodynamics” – Veloce Ed. Chapters: 3
J. Anderson, “Fundamentals of Aerodynamics” - McGraw-Hill Education. Chapters: 3,4 (potential flows)
E. L. Houghton, P. W. Carpenter, S. Collicott, D. Valentine, “Aerodynamics for Engineering Students” - Butterworth-Heinemann. Chapters: 3
E. Benzing “Ali - Wings” – Giorgio Nada Editore.
Teaching material given by the lecturer
The teaching activities are composed by lessons and
tutorials; all the resources needed for different
activities during the course are provided by the teacher
The final examination is composed by a written
test only. In particular applications and questions on all course aspects