Cooling Airflow System Modeling in CFD Using Assumption of Stationary Flow
Paper in proceedings, 2011
Today CFD is an important tool for engineers in the automotive industry who model and simulate fluid flow. For the complex field of Under hood Thermal Management, CFD has become a very important tool to engineer the cooling airflow process in the engine bay of vehicles.
To model the cooling airflow process accurately in CFD, it is of utmost importance to model all components in the cooling airflow path accurately. These components are the heat exchangers, fan and engine bay blockage effect.
This paper presents CFD simulations together with correlating measurements of a cooling airflow system placed in a test rig. The system contains a heavy duty truck louvered fin radiator core, fan shroud, fan ring and fan. Behind the cooling module and fan a 1D engine silhouette is placed to mimic the blockage done by a truck engine behind the fan. Furthermore a simple hood is mounted over the module to mimic the air guiding done by the hood in an engine bay.
The measurements monitor pressure and flow over the system. Supporting this examination is a set of 48 velocity probes in the radiator that measures the local velocity. The simulations of this system are correlated to measurements.
Furthermore to support these simulations, specific simulations and measurements are conducted using the radiator only and the fan only. This is done to see how well each separate component is predicted in CFD and correlated back to measurements.
This work is the continuation of work presented in  and identified in this paper is that one can simulate the cooling airflow system rather well with steady state CFD. However, fan modeling is sensitive and specific care has to be taken in order for these simulations to be accurate.