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, Volume 114, Issue 7–8, pp 58–64 | Cite as

Consumption Reduction of Commercial Vehicle Combinations by Using Aerodynamic Principles

  • Thomas Indinger
  • Antoine Devesa
Research Aerodynamics
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In terms of aerodynamics of commercial vehicles, there is tremendous hitherto untapped potential for optimisation that still remains to be seized in the future. In the FAT research project “Energy-efficient Tractor-trailer: Consumption Reduction at Commercial Vehicle Combinations by Using Aerodynamic Principles” FluiDyna GmbH pinpoints some of these opportunities on the basis of numerical and experimental investigations. However, fully exploiting the potential would require adjustment of some current European directives on commercial vehicle design.

1 Scope of Work

Increasingly scarce oil resources and growing transport volumes of commercial vehicles have an impact on the development of new generations of commercial vehicles. Tomorrow’s trucks need to become more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly and economic. While it is true that aerodynamics continuously improved in recent decades, there are still a lot of opportunities that remain untapped at present. One of the main reasons...

Notes

Thanks

The research project “Energy-efficient Tractor-trailer: Consumption Reduction at Commercial Vehicle Combinations by Using Aerodynamic Principles” was sponsored by the German research community “Forschungsvereinigung Automobiltechnik e. V.” (FAT). The investigations were accompanied by the sub-working group “Commercial Vehicles Aerodynamics” of the working group 9 (AK 9) of FAT. The authors thank these working groups and the FAT for their commitment.

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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Indinger
    • 1
  • Antoine Devesa
    • 1
  1. 1.FluiDyna GmbH in GarchingMunichGermany

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