WIND TUNNEL TESTING METHODS & RESULTS.

Tue, Feb 25, 14

SAME DRAG with LESS SIDE FORCE than the best 80+mm deep ‘big brand’ wheels! …HADRON IS HERE! Following months of aerodynamic optimisation work in CFD and the extremely positive results achieved (see ‘Update 7’ http://archive.swissside.com/735), it was time to put the final Hadron designs to the test in the wind tunnel. The entire development methodology where a weighting system driving both the drag as well as side-force performance measures, across the entire cross-wind angle range, was put to the ultimate test. …And the Hadron performed amazingly well, proving to outperform what is regarded to be the world’s leading aero wheel...

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February 3, 2014 SWISS SIDE HADRON AERO PROJECT UPDATE 7 CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) OPTIMISATION RESULTS.

Mon, Feb 03, 14

In our ‘Update 4’ (http://archive.swissside.com/596), we explained our CFD optimisation approach using the latest methods from Formula 1. This has been possible thanks to the insider knowledge brought to the team by Swiss Side co-founder Jean-Paul Ballard, with over 13 years of experience working in Formula 1 in the field of Aerodynamics. Now the results are in! …   GEOMETRY AND MESH: Each of the Hadron wheel geometries to be tested are output from our parametric CAD model and meshed using snappyHexMesh (part of OpenFOAM). The CFD mesh is prepared using the best possible resolution for the requirements, which in...

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STRUCTURAL DESIGN & ANALYSIS.

Thu, Jan 16, 14

One of the core parts of the Hadron wheel development process is the structural design and optimisation of the wheel assembly. As always, our goal at Swiss Side for the Hadron is to engineer an absolute top-level wheel set in its category and to bring it to the market at a price 40% below that of the leading brands. With the Swiss Side team’s wealth of experience from Formula 1 and the sports product design sectors, together with clever engineering choices, this has, once again, been made possible. In this update, we detail the methods used and the engineered choices...

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Computational Fluid Dynamics Optimisation Based On Formula 1 Methods

Tue, Dec 17, 13

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Aerodynamic simulation in a computer. One of the major developments of the Hadron Aero wheel concept is a detailed aerodynamics optimisation study. Swiss Side’s goal is clear. To design an absolute top level performing aerodynamic wheel set in its category but as always, to bring it to the market at a price 40% less than the “Big Brands”. The first steps in this process are to simulate, understand and optimise the wheel profile shape using CFD. Wind tunnel tests will follow this. Jean-Paul Ballard, co-founder of Swiss Side, explains the reasons, pros, cons and tricks behind...

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