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17 Nov 2013

The climatic conditions of FP3 in Austin lent itself to the visual formation of the vortices present on Formula One cars.  Interestingly these vortices are normally only present on the Rear Wing where the Top Flap joins with the Endplate and the two pressures collide.  Teams utilize endplate louvres to minimize this as it's negative effect is the destruction of the Wing's natural flow and an increase in drag. 

On several occasions in Austin however we were treated to slo-mo replays focused between the front wheel and sidepod.  This allows us to see that a vortex is also generated from the Front Wing which is ultimately targeted at the Sidepod's airflow conditioner and designed to impede the airflow from the front wheel/tyre impinging on the front of the sidepod/floor (especially during yaw).

The video is of course copyright Formula One Management


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Whilst I'm trying to keep atop of the blog you may have noticed of late that there is less content appearing. For those of you that haven't realised, most of my work has now been moved over to where I'm working with Giorgio Piola.

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