Aerodynamic investigation of three-dimensional wings in ground effect for aero-levitation electric vehicle

Young June Moon, Hyeon Joon Oh, Jung H. Seo

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Aerodynamic characteristics of three-dimensional wings in ground effect for Aero-levitation Electric Vehicle (AEV) are numerically investigated for various ground clearances and wing spans at the chord-length based Reynolds number of 2×106. Numerical results show that a sizeable three-dimensional flow separation occurs with formation of an arch vortex at the junction of main and vertical wings, and also that this is conjectured a primary cause for the high lift-to-drag (L/D) reduction rate of the main wing, when the wing span is decreased. Improvements on L/D ratios of the wings with small spans are pursued by breaking the coherence of superimposed adverse pressure gradients at the wing junction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-494
Number of pages10
JournalAerospace Science and Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Sep 1



  • Aero-levitation electric vehicle
  • CFD analysis
  • Junction flow separation
  • Wing in ground effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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