by Goro Tamai
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The Leading Edge summarizes the aerodynamic design and construction issues of solar cars and ultralight land vehicles. Author Goro Tamai draws on his own experience in designing solar cars at MIT to produce a book for the ground-up streamlined land-vehicle designer or constructor, as well as for the solar/electric/ultralight vehicle enthusiast. As with any engineering problem, the "best" body shape for solar cars, HPVs, or Electrathoners is not the body of absolute lowest drag. The vehicle system, in-cluding the driver, chassis, and energy/drive system must work in concert to produce the maximum output. The Leading Edge will help designers quantify the trade-offs, and make logical decisions.
● Useful Relationships
● List of Symbols
● Introduction: A Short History of Streamlined Land Vehicles
● General Aerodynamic Concepts
Significance of Aerodynamic Drag
Aerodynamic Drag Components
Trade-off Between Aerodynamic Drag and Vehicle Mass
● Basic Fluid Mechanics
Some Fluid Fundamentals
The Boundary Layer
● Aerodynamic Forces on Bodies
Drag of Flat Plates and Bodies of Finite Thickness
● Vehicle-level Aerodynamic Details
Drag of the Wheel System
Trailing-edge Thickness of the Main Body
Gaps and Seams
Effect of Surface Roughness on Skin Friction
● Aerodynamic Drag of the Entire Vehicle
Construction of a Simple Aerodynamic Drag Model
Practical Aspects of Body Design
Testing and Development
● Real World Examples
Successful Bodies and Their Development
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