Rear wing / rear diffusor coupling

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Post Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:20 pm

Pat Symonds of Renault and the OWG has stated that the reasoning behind raising the rear wing is to decouple the effects of the diffusor and the rear wing.

Can someone post a drawing to show how it currently works in the 2008 configuration? I am not necessarily interested in the 2009 spec drawing that shows how it is decoupled, I just want to understand how they are currently using them together.


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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 12:46 am


1 px = 1cm
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 2:17 pm


Not sure if this is any help or anything, but its a nice visual aid of whats going on.
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:24 pm

I'm not sure I understand what decoupling means. Do they want to set the lowest wing with a bigger gap to the upper edge of the diffusor exit? And what is that going to do? Less turbulence I guess.
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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:33 pm

Picture the low pressure area beneath the wing being near the exit/top of the diffuser and then the air inside the diffuser will try and rush to fill the low pressure area beneath the wing.

Decoupling refers to removing this interaction between them. So then they will work independently of one another (or at very least, more independently).
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Post Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:40 am

The diffuser is an air accelerator. It has an intake, nozzle and outlet. The rear underbody is the location that produces the majority of downforce on a lot of cars. In essence the function is pretty simple, bring air in, accelerate it (reduce its pressure) and then merge it back into the air stream behind the car. In practice it can be really complicated.

If you lower the base pressure at the rear of the car where flow merges back in, you can have a huge effect on how well the whole system works. The low pressure generated by the wing is a gradient, the further away from the wings bottom surface you get, the less it effects the pressure of the air around it. The fluid is constantly trying to reach equilibrium.

Placing a wing lower and further aft can work in harmony with a diffuser and magnify its effect. Rules that require wings to be forward of the furthest aft point on the car are to contain this. You can play with a second wing lower to the deck or end plates that hang past the rear of the car, all these things are to lower the base pressure at the diffuser outlet. Hope that helps.
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