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12 Feb 2014

The loss of the beam wing is significant to the teams as not only did it provide structural integrity for the rest of the rear wing but also aided in the flow structures created by the diffuser and upper rear wing elements. 

Williams have attacked this by placing a lower beam wing at 150mm above the reference plane, the height we usually find the floor, thus robbing a small amount of diffuser expansion as the floor sits slightly lower to suit. This does mean that the Diffuser's angle of attack has likely had to be made more aggressive to fully extract it's implementation but one will counter balance the other. Furthermore the team have recessed the Gurney trim around 10mm, as it usually extrudes vertically at the diffusers edge, this increases the small low pressure zone behind the Gurney leading to more counter rotating flow, aiding in diffuser performance.


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.

As some of you may have found out already I'm also working with the Missed Apex crew on their podcast from time-to-time, either doing race reviews or dedicated 'Tech Time' shows.

I've embedded the latest version of the podcast below and will update this a frequently as I appear. However, please head over to Itunes if you want it to appear in your player when episodes are available. The show is great to work on and has a great lineup of 'regulars' but has also enticed some bigger names recently too, with Will Buxton and Bradley Philpot on shows during the summer break.

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