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Regulations Will Widen Use of Aero Devices, Wabco Says
Regulations Will Widen Use of Aero Devices, Wabco Says

March 5, 2017
Starting Jan. 1 of next year – fewer than nine months from now – all new 53-foot box-type trailers will come with trailer skirts, like ‘em or not. Tom Berg...

FlowBelow Shows Aero Device for Trailer Wheels
FlowBelow Shows Aero Device for Trailer Wheels

February 27, 2017
Wheel covers and fairings smooth the complex air flow around trailer wheels and suspension. They complement other trailer aerodynamic devices. Tom Berg...

Trailer Aerodynamics Not Overly Popular, Study Shows
Trailer Aerodynamics Not Overly Popular, Study Shows

September 12, 2016
It appears that it took a government decree to push operators into it, and it will take another set of rules to force further adoption of drag-reduction...

Force Field Could Form 'Electric Boat Tail' to Cut Turbulence
Force Field Could Form 'Electric Boat Tail' to Cut Turbulence

July 22, 2016
Plasma, the stuff of lightning and the Northern Lights, can be harnessed to alter the flow of air over trucks.

Trailer Aero Devices Help Save 1 mpg, Manager Says
Trailer Aero Devices Help Save 1 mpg, Manager Says

May 24, 2016
“All you have to do is ride a motorcycle behind the trailers to notice the difference” between aero and bare trailers, says John Drake, a Harley-Davidson...

Trailer Maker Says EPA ‘Overstepped’ on GHG/Fuel Economy Proposal
Trailer Maker Says EPA ‘Overstepped’ on GHG/Fuel Economy Proposal

February 18, 2016
EPA wants more fuel-saving devices on trailers under proposed greenhouse-gas-reductoin rules. But one trailer maker says they won't provide as much benefits...

Some Aero Details Not So Obvious
Some Aero Details Not So Obvious

November 11, 2015
SmartTruck has posted a YouTube video depicting how its UnderTray and other devices work. One item alters air behavior at the "ICC bumper."

Fairings Over Tractor's Tandem Save Fuel for Tanker Fleet
Fairings Over Tractor's Tandem Save Fuel for Tanker Fleet

September 9, 2015
Stainless steel tanker trailers look smooth enough to easily slip through the air, but they have characteristics that cause drag. One fleet has turned to an...

Replacing Rivets with Adhesives Yields Smoother Sides That Could Save Fuel
Replacing Rivets with Adhesives Yields Smoother Sides That Could Save Fuel

August 26, 2015
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%.

Are Trailers More Aerodynamically Important than Tractors?
Are Trailers More Aerodynamically Important than Tractors?

June 1, 2015
ATDynamics, now part of Stemco, says 75% of wind drag at highway speeds comes from the trailer.

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