trailer aerodynamics

Overcoming the ‘gap': A big obstacle still remains in truck-trailer aerodynamics

While bumper-mounted air dams, wheel coverings and trailer side skirts and tails have improved airflow underneath and around tractor-trailers dramatically, the trailer gap remains a stubborn aerodynamic challenge for engineers.

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Owner-operators have potential to get the most out of aero devices, SmartTruck says

SmartTruck's Mitch Greenberg says owner-operators could stand to gain most effectively the benefits from its UnderTray aerodynamic system. The company detailed its rigorous testing methods this week at proving grounds in S.C.

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DOE pushing technologies to boost fuel efficiency

The Department of Energy is promoting development and use of alternative fuels and powertrain technologies.

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Solus showcases new aerodynamic devices

Solus has a range of new aerodynamic devices for commercial trailers on display at TMC's Spring Meeting in Tampa, Fla., this week. Among the products showcased is the Solus Split Skirt and Wheel Cavity Covers, both part of the company's Air Conqueror line of aerodynamic fairings. Solus says its Wheel Cavity Covers are the only EPA-certified wheel cover product on the market proven to enhance tractor-trailer fuel economy by up to 1.3 percent, according to approved ...

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ATDynamics introduces roll door TrailerTail design

ATDynamics says its new RollTail, rear-mounted aerodynamic fairing is the first commercially available tail fairing specifically designed for trailers with roll doors. Previous TrailerTail designs have been for swing-door design trailers. The new RollTail is a DOT-compliant, spring-actuated fairing that can be installed by two technicians in as little as 45 minutes. The unit requires no driver interaction when backing into a loading dock as the unit retracts and deploys automatically when the vehicle pulls away. The company ...

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Trailer aerodynamics package

The Next Generation trailer aerodynamics system avoids sideskirts and reduces drag by managing airflow underneath and above the trailer. The system is compliant with the California Air Resources Board’s greenhouse gas regulations and is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Program. The system is made of polyethylene plastic designed to withstand road debris, chemicals, ice and other abrasions. SMARTTRUCK, www.smarttruckbrands.com, (864) 990-0781

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LogBook

IdleAire pulls the plug, truckers urge hours flexibility, intermodal transport gained market share against trucks, EPA revises its 2010 engine emission guidance and more are issues covered.

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