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evelrod (Automotive) (OP)
29 Feb 12 16:46
This clip is purely entertaining for aero nuts.  I liked it.

thruthefence (Aerospace)
29 Feb 12 21:24
Is the ducted air going to have enough energy left in it to "provide downforce" after all those twists & turns?
evelrod (Automotive) (OP)
1 Mar 12 13:44
An awful lot of money is spent on this sort of thing to NOT be effective.  I'm with you on the down force part...Maybe it is intended to alter the boundary layer in some form that I'm not smart enough to see.

thruthefence (Aerospace)
1 Mar 12 15:10
It wasn't clear to me if the system is actually being used by a team. I wonder if they are trying to promote the technology to someone?

You would think that is an active F1 contender IS actually using this, they wouldn't advertize it?
moon161 (Mechanical)
3 Mar 12 14:57
Mercedes uses it. I'm sure it's boundary layer control of the airflow. That switching duct looks just like a fluidic amplifier.
moon161 (Mechanical)
3 Mar 12 16:08
It's not a rulebender, that's why they're comfortable talking about it. Ferrari was reputed to have used an aeroelastic wing that flattened out to reduce the Cl at high speed (going straight) to reduce downforce & induced drag. This was ruled verboten (variable geometry).
berkshire (Aeronautics)
3 Mar 12 21:59
It looks a little bit like the blow hole system used on some sailplanes to eliminate the short bubble in the cusp of some laminar flow wings.

The good engineer does not need to memorize every formula; he just needs to know where he can find them when he needs them.  Old professor

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