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Homework Help: Separate Drag cofficient to 2 coefficient

  1. May 7, 2012 #1
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    I've been given the mission to find out the drag coefficient for the Ahmed Body. The drag coefficient itself it too hard to measure. The problem for me is to find a way to separate the drag coefficient to Pressure Drag coefficient and Skin friction coefficient.

    My question is: How can I with the help of different instruments measure Pressure Drag c. and the Skin Friction Drag separately??

    Thanks for answers


    F = C * ρ * A * v^2

    F = Drag force
    C = Drag coefficient
    A = Area projectet in the flow-direction
    v = velocity of fluid
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  3. May 8, 2012 #2


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    The drag equation is F = 1/2(C)(ρ)(A)v^2 (you left off the one-half).

    I would think it would be very difficult to separate the pressure and skin friction drags. I believe in calculating various automobile drag coefficients, which include both effects, that often an equivalent drag-area coefficient (C*A) term is used, where A is more than just the projected frontal area. But I/m unsure.
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