Aerodynamics

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August 26, 2015

Replacing Rivets with Adhesives Yields Smoother Sides That Could Save Fuel

Lord Corp., which makes bonding adhesives, has done research that indicates eliminating rivets from a trailer’s walls might cut aerodynamic drag by about 1%.

August 21, 2015

Starship Rig Shooting for Top MPG

By the early ’80s some fleets were using roof-mounted air fairings on their road tractors to reduce drag. That got the attention of owner-operator Bob Sliwa, who figured a lot more could be done.

August 3, 2015

Hirschbach's Fuel-Saving Strategies

Hirschbach Motor Lines, an 850-truck-and-growing refrigerated fleet based in East Dubuque, Ill., seeks “to become the most fuel-efficient fleet in the trucking business while providing best-in-class service to our customers,” says President Brad Pinchuk. Read full story here.

July 30, 2015

AeroFlap Accommodates Wide-Base Tires

Fleet Engineers has released the AF-19, a 19-inch wide version of the AeroFlap mud flap which is sized to accommodate wide-base tires.

July 24, 2015

4 Ways Hirschbach Saves Fuel

At Hirschbach Motor Lines, an 850-truck-and-growing refrigerated fleet based in East Dubuque, Ill., the goal is “to become the most fuel-efficient fleet in the trucking business while providing best-in-class service to our customers."

July 12, 2015

Daimler's SuperTruck Revealed

With a 115% freight efficiency improvement and 12.2 mpg, the DTNA team had to pull out all the stops to turn its goals into realities.

July 12, 2015

Breaking the 11 MPG Barrier

For Michael Niss, reaching 11 mpg is not just a dream. It is quickly becoming a reality through his project company, Breaking 11.

July 7, 2015

SmartTruck Extends Warranty for Aerodynamic Components

SmartTruck Systems announced that it has extended the warranty period on the company’s precision aerodynamic system components for long-haul trucking.

June 18, 2015

Hearing Set in Stemco-ATDynamics Complaint vs. Ridge’s Green Tail Device

Lawsuit claims Green Tail violates five patents held by ATDynamics for its TrailerTail rear aero faring.

June 1, 2015

Are Trailers More Aerodynamically Important than Tractors?

ATDynamics, now part of Stemco, says 75% of wind drag at highway speeds comes from the trailer.

May 28, 2015

The Challenge of Standardizing Aerodynamic Testing

Aero device manufacturers now have a choice of test methods to prove the effectiveness of their devices. Are consumers any better off?

May 13, 2015

Bob Sliwa’s 3rd Aero Project Has Shell’s Backing

The StarShip tractor-trailer will get mpg that's "better than anyone else," but the former owner-operator, whose work with aerodynamics goes back to the 80s, is not announcing a target number.

April 28, 2015

EkoStinger: A Different Way to Beat the Wind

Unlike most skirts that are stationary, the stinger moves with the tandem as it’s slid fore and aft, so it smooths air flow no matter where the tandem is set, said the system’s inventor.

March 26, 2015

V-Flap II is An Aerodynamic Mud Flap

Mudguard Technologies announced the V-Flap II aerodynamic mud flap, the second generation of the company’s V-Flap product.

March 17, 2015

The Slippery Slope of Aerodynamic Testing

Is SmartWay verification enough to calculate the return on investing in add-on aerodynamic devices?

March 12, 2015

SmartWay Elite Level Even More Efficient, Says EPA

What does the new "Elite" level of fuel-saving devices offered by the EPA SmartWay program mean? Senior Editor Tom Berg explores the topic in his Trailer Talk blog.

March 3, 2015

Edge Fairings Gain SmartWay Elite Status

The Tail resembles the Trailer Tail from ATDynamics, but seems unique in that its panels automatically deploy when the rig reaches about 45 mph, then fold up as it slows down.

February 12, 2015

Stemco Buys ATDynamics, Integrates Product Lines

ATD's trailer aero devices will complement Stemco's tire-inflation products, executives say.

February 12, 2015

Eco-flaps Splash Guards Feature Aerodynamic Design

Andersen Flaps is expanding its Eco-flaps splash guard line with the addition of 27- and 36-inch long sized splash guards designed for minimal drag.

January 29, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Western Star 5700XE Walk Around

Equipment Editor Jim Park does a walk around of the Western Star 5700XE checking out some of the innovative features inside and out in the latest Ultimate Test Drive video. Check out Part 1 here

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