Aerodynamics

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March 12, 2014

Supercenter Fleet Super at Collaboration

Meijer’s David Hoover finds working with suppliers and dedicated fleets makes innovation easier.

March 12, 2014

Innovation In The Details

When Bill Bliem became vice president of maintenance at NFI five years ago, his first priority was to get maintenance costs under control.

March 10, 2014

TrailerTails Gain Acceptance, Should Total 200,000 by 2017, ATDynamics Says

TMC, NASHVILLE -- ATDynamics says North American fleets are on track to order 50,000 TrailerTail aerodynamic devices this year, and there’ll be 200,000 on the road by 2017. More than 350 fleets have deployed the aerodynamic devices in the last three years, including numerous Top 100 for-hire and private fleets.

March 6, 2014

XTRA Lease Adds New Corrosion-Fighting Trailers in 2014

XTRA Lease has ordered approximately 5,000 new trailers for 2014, most of which will be built with corrosion-fighting galvanized steel components. The company is adding a mix of dry vans, liftgated vans and reefers equipped with new fuel-saving Thermo King Precedent reefer units.

March 6, 2014

Transtex Introduces Edge Trailer Skirts

Transtex Composite announced the immediate availability of its new Edge trailer skirts. Edge trailer skirts come with an unconditional 15-­year warranty.

December 20, 2013

Kenworth T680 52-inch Mid-Roof Sleeper Available with Optional Upper Bunk

Kenworth has enhanced its 52-inch mid-roof sleeper offering with the addition of an optional upper bunk and aerodynamic roof fairing for the Kenworth T680.

December 10, 2013

SmartTruck's UT6 System Explained

The full UT-6-plus system from SmartTruck has four separate components that work in harmony to sculpt the air flow under, over and around the trailer. The heart of the system, the UT-1 under-tray device looks simple enough, but there's more going on down here than meets the eye. Smart Truck's chief scientist, Mike Henderson, explains how it works.

December 9, 2013

Visions of Future Trucks

In our December issue, we talked to truck makers about what we can expect on commercial trucks in the next five to 10 years. For this photo gallery we compiled real concept trucks and those just on paper.

November 11, 2013

HDT's Top 50 Green Fleets

Green strategies vary greatly depending on the operation. For one company, natural gas might make sense. For another, green might mean solar-powered warehouses. For others, it’s all about fuel-efficient specs and driver training.

November 10, 2013

C.R. England Adds ATDynamics TrailerTails

C.R. England Inc. announced that it will adopt ATDynamics' semi-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology.

November 8, 2013

Aero Add-ons Put to the Test

The Performance Innovation Transport Group recently tested trailer side skirts and undercarriage air deflectors.

October 23, 2013

SmartTruck Refutes Recent Test Results

UPDATED -- Officials with SmartTruck fired back at testing results announced a month ago showing trailer undercarriage air deflectors result in fuel savings far less than some manufacturers are claiming, releasing its own third-party research at the American Trucking Associations' annual convention.

October 8, 2013

A Tale of Two Fuel Tests

What conclusion is the reader supposed to come to when two sets of properly conducted and documented fuel economy tests yield significantly different results? It would be easy to dismiss one of the tests as inaccurate, but that would still not answer the question, which one is wrong? What if both of them are right? A recent news article published such test results and yielded a significant discrepancy. A week-long deep-dive into fuel economy testing and real-world fleet results reveals that we s

October 3, 2013

A Change in Aerodynamics

Most of the low-hanging aerodynamic fruit has already been plucked from the engineering tree. Truck makers and their design teams are now actively exploring options they would have ignored a decade ago. It's all about the cost of fuel.

The big shift to slope-nosed aero trucks began nearly 20 years ago, and since then engineers and designers have been refining the design. Today we see tweaks and twists yielding just the tiniest of gains, yet they are all steps in the right direction. What follows is a pictorial review of some of the changes we've seen in recent years -- some dramatic, some very subtle, but all aimed at killing fewer bugs.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

September 27, 2013

Study: Fuel Consumption of New Trucks Can Be Reduced by More

Fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles could be reduced by more than a third by 2025, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, if the next phase of greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards pushes improvements in areas such as trailer aerodynamics and waste-heat energy recovery.

September 4, 2013

ATDynamics TrailerTails Now an Option on Wabash National Trailers

Wabash National Corp. will offer ATDynamics TrailerTails as an option on select semi-trailer dry van and refrigerated van models.

August 28, 2013

SmartTruck Introduces Road Team for Owner-Operators

SmartTruck is launching a free new program for owner-operators using its aerodynamic UnderTray Systems. The company has introduced the first members of the Road Team: Daniel and Jayme Snow, owners of Snow Farms Trucking; Denny Boatman, owner of Denny Boatman Trucking, and Michael Wallace a Landstar BCO.

August 27, 2013

ATDynamics to Export Transportation Technology to Mexico

ATDynamics has partnered with the Mexican firm Andromeda Business Solutions S.A. de C.V. to distribute ATDynamics’ TrailerTail technology in Mexico – one of several international introductions for TrailerTail technology in 2013.

August 22, 2013

Roof Fairing Enhances Fuel Economy for the Freightliner Cascadia

Freightliner Trucks announced a new factory-installed roof fairing is now available as standard on Freightliner Cascadia Evolution 72-inch mid-roof XT models and as an option on Freightliner Cascadia 72-inch mid-roof XT trucks.

July 21, 2013

Roehl to Equip 500 New Wabash Trailers with ATDynamics TrailerTails

Roehl Transport will expand its investment in fuel saving TrailerTail aerodynamics technology by installing 500 TrailerTails on all new trailers purchased from Wabash National in 2013.

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