Organised the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE), public roads are today shared by a variety of shapes and sizes of passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorbikes and bicycles, the efficiencies and performance of which are sensitive to aerodynamic characteristics.
These characteristics influence energy use, emissions, refinement and handling which are increasingly important to customers. These demands, together with the necessity to comply with stringent worldwide legislation, emphasise the need for aerodynamics to be a fundamental element of design and packaging.
Also including an exhibition, the theme of the 2016 Vehicle Aerodynamics Conference is 'Aerodynamics by Design', placing at its core the ethos that favourable characteristics are achieved when good aerodynamic design is a forethought. For further information and to register, visit www.imeche.org/aerodynamics.
The Keynote confirmed for the event is: Peter Stevens, Principle Designer, Peter Stevens Design LLP and international lecturer. Topics to be covered:
• Drag reduction through design
• Flow control concepts and technologies
• Concept design, styling and packaging of aerodynamic features
• Understanding fundamental flow regimes and structures
• Aerodynamic influences on cooling flows and thermal efficiency
• Surface water flows and dirt contamination
• Wind tunnels and CFD: capabilities and developments
• Understanding and simulation of real-world environments
• Handling and stability
• On-road measurement and testing
• Improvements in test techniques and instrumentation
• Review papers of technological developments
• Aerodynamic development stories of new vehicles
• Technologies of high-performance and competition vehicles
The renowned ECARA Award will also be presented at this year's conference.