The Impact of Active Aerodynamics on Motorcycles Using Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations
Motorcycles are mostly utilized by commuters whose requirements are cheap and affordable transportation from point A to point B. Motorcycles also provide means to tour various places and have a leisure time for the majority of motorcyclists. Unfortunately, with pros also come cons such as accidents which are disabling or life-taking. According to motorcycle crash statistics produced every year, the majority of motorcycle crashes are caused due to facing unexpected obstacles in the path causing collisions due to insufficient braking time. Thus, this thesis serves as a mean to overcome this issue and provide a technological solution to the world of motorcyclists.
The thesis initially covers the introduction to the history of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Simulations. Consequently, the modeling aspects of the motorcycle and the active aerodynamics concepts are studied and explained in detail in conjunction with the usage of PTC Creo 3.0. The subsequent chapters explain the Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations setup, processing and post processing of the results utilizing ANSYS Workbench and its modules Design Modeller, Mesh, FLUENT and Post Process. Finally, the rapid prototyping using Stratasys UPrint 3D Printing and wind tunnel validation aspects of the project are discussed leading to key conclusions and discussions.
This thesis is aimed to be an innovation to help protect motorcyclists from fatalities and also stands as a means to demonstrate engineering capabilities in producing real-world solutions through low-cost and viable simulation sciences.
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Science, Engineering and Technology
Sripathi, A. (2017). The Impact of Active Aerodynamics on Motorcycles Using Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/721/
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
Automotive Engineering Commons, Biomechanics and Biotransport Commons, Other Engineering Science and Materials Commons