Today we want to explain what Canards / Sidewings / Sideflaps (also Side Skirt Splitter etc.) and where they are used in vehicle tuning. They are also called triangular wings, which are attached to the front spoiler of a car to modify the aerodynamic properties of the car. The majority of the tuners installed the Canards / Sidewings / Sideflaps but because of the sporty look and less because of the possibly better aerodynamics.
How do Canards / Side Wings / Side Flaps work?
Canards help to produce downforce in two different ways. First, the canard directs the impulse of oncoming air, pushing the canard down. This is only moderate, since the speed near the skin of the car is significantly slower due to the boundary layer effect than in the free stream. They are too small to produce large output forces. Instead, they are used to optimize the handling before the race. In addition, Canards, along with Sidewings and Sideflaps, create strong whirls that move along the sides of the car and act as a barrier. If the canards are properly positioned, these strong swirls will act to prevent high pressure air around the vehicle from entering the low pressure underbody area, thereby maintaining more downforce.
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If air could penetrate the bottom, the pressure would inevitably rise and decrease the downforce. Therefore, these strong vortices act as a virtual curtain or dam that prevents higher pressure air from entering the underbody area at the sides of the vehicle. Unfortunately, canards are not very efficient because the strong whirls and the position of the canards create considerable resistance. They are more useful for fine tuning the aerodynamic balance. The canards provide additional low downforce at the front of the vehicle after installation, adjusting the balance of traction and improving the driving characteristics of the vehicle. Often, front bumper canards are configured with sidewings and sideflaps. The airflow is prone to turbulence as it separates from the surface of the car in this region. This turbulent air causes air resistance and reduces the effectiveness of a rear wing. They help to reduce drag and improve the effectiveness of the rear wing by delaying airflow and reducing turbulence.
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In addition, canards generate strong swirls that move along the sides of the car and act as a barrier previously discussed, but only if properly positioned. This maintains low pressure under the vehicle and maximizes downforce. However, care must be taken that the leading edge eddies do not interfere with the operation of the rear wing or other aerodynamic devices. Eddies arise when the pressure differences are generated at the wing tip. If you get high pressure above the wing, the pressure below and near the ambient pressure is pushed to the side of the end plate. When these three streams come together, the higher pressure flow naturally moves to the low pressure areas.
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This creates a wobble movement and creates a spiral flow structure. The use of eddies serves to shape and change the flow in other areas of the car. Eddies are extremely high-energy structures. But there is a lot of resistance with them. These wing tip vortices rise up and out from the rear wing tips and eventually flatten out behind the car as their energy dissipates in the free flow around the car. The greater the pressure difference, the larger the vortex, and this is generally better in humid conditions because the water in the air is concentrated in the vortex and becomes visible as a vapor path. Incidentally, the cheapest way to install the small components are so-called Wheel arch corners, Since these are flexible, they can be installed as a reverse variant as a canard.
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