Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Committee Member

Samir Moujaes

Number of Pages



A great deal of research has been performed on the aerodynamic characteristics of race cars competing in the major racing series through out the world. Because of the competitive nature of motorsports, this research is usually not published until after it is obsolete. The teams operating at the minor league levels of the sport do not have the funding resources of the major series to perform aerodynamic research; In an effort to provide some information for teams competing in the minor league Formula Mazda race car class, this study was conducted. The Star-CD computation fluid dynamics code was used to perform a laminar simulation on the front and rear wings of a Formula Mazda with different angles of attack and Gurney flap heights. Results are presented graphically showing pressure and velocity distributions.


Car; Cfd; Characteristics; Formula; Mazda; Race; Sections; Study; Wings

Controlled Subject

Mechanical engineering; Automobiles--Design and construction

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2.67 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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