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SAE International Book Explores Use of Aerodynamics in Car, Trucks and Trains


SAE International offers the book, “Theory and Applications of Aerodynamics for Ground Vehicles,” which provides an introduction to ground vehicle aerodynamics and methodically guides the reader through the various aspects of the subject.

Authored by T. Yomi Obidi, the book is excellent for those needing specific information or a refresher on the subject, can they easily find the material of interest. There is a particular emphasis on various vehicle types (passenger cars, trucks, trains, motorcycles, race cars, etc.). However, the book is focused on cars and trucks, which are the most common vehicles in the speed range in which the study of ground vehicle aerodynamics is beneficial.

In addition “Theory and Applications of Aerodynamics for Ground Vehicles” offers readers a fundamental understanding of the topic, which will help them design vehicles that have improved aerodynamics; this will lead to better fuel efficiency, improved performance, and increased passenger comfort. The author’s basic approach to the presentation of the material is complemented with review and application questions, exercises, and suggested projects at the end of most of the chapters, helping the reader apply the information presented, either in the classroom or for self-study.

Chapters examine:

·         Drag

·         Noise and vehicle soiling

·         Wind tunnels and road/track testing

·         Numerical methods

·         Vehicle stability and control

·         Vehicle sectional design

·         Large vehicles: trucks, trailers, buses, trains

·         Severe service and off-road vehicles

·         Race cars and convertibles

·         Motorcycles

·         Concept vehicles

Book Details:

- Published By: SAE International
- Pages: 260
- Binding: Hardbound
- Product Code: R-392
- ISBN: 978-0-7680-2111-0

List price for the book is $129.95; SAE International members save up to 20 percent off the list price.

If you would like to order this book, or to simply find out more about it, please visit: To request an electronic review copy of the book, email  Please forward these published reviews to Shawn Andreassi at or to the SAE International’s World Headquarters, which is on 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale, PA, 15096-0001.

SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 138,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

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