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MIT Solves 100-year-old Engineering Problem
September 25, 2008
As a car accelerates down a hill, then slows to follow a hairpin turn, the airflow around it cannot keep up and detaches from the vehicle. This aerodynamic separation creates drag that slows the car. The same phenomenon affects airplanes, boats and submarines. Now, in work that could lead to controlling the effect with potential impacts on fuel efficiency and more, MIT scientists report new work for predicting where that aerodynamic separation will occur.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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