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I read somewhere having a body surface like a golf ball reduces aerodynamic drag. Is anybody working on train car designs like that?

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by epochepoque on Fri Jul 1st, 2011 at 11:23:09 AM EST
I mentioned it at the end of the China wants 380 km/h trains diary. That was three years ago, but I'm not aware of further research after what I wrote about there.



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by DoDo on Fri Jul 1st, 2011 at 11:41:51 AM EST
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Part of the problem with trains is that they are close to the ground. If you want to reduce drag on a land vehicle, you need to get it up a ways. Something like this, based on work of Jaray and Klemperer in 1920:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Jaray

by asdf on Sun Jul 10th, 2011 at 12:14:00 AM EST
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A belated reply: for trains, raising the bottom brings little benefits. Trains are too long and their underside has too many aerodynamically disturbing elements (bogies, inter-car transitions, brake equipment etc.) for a boundary layer flow below them; instead, there is a turbulent annular flow. What can be done is reducing the turbulence, and that is done the opposite way: with skirts and covers bringing the bottom closer to the rail. I find Chinese research saw much potential in this (although their percentage compőarisons are meaningless without specifying what are compared).

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by DoDo on Wed Jul 13th, 2011 at 10:13:01 AM EST
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