The Ridge Corporation announced Wednesday it has selected aerodynamic leader ARC Inc., to apply its advanced CFD “computational fluid dynamic” capability to identify the next generation of drag reduction devices.
ARC, an Indiana company, is a specialized research facility with expertise in wind tunnel, CFD, and scale model development worldwide to provide aerodynamic solutions for their racing, OEM and component suppliers. ARC prides itself on being a tier one supplier to multiple OEM’s throughout the transportation industry, the company says.
Ridge’s President Gary Grandominico says “ARC’s track record of substantiated Aero R&D gives high confidence to an engineered aero solution that Ridge can utilize in new product development.”
Ridge says it has logged hundreds of hours of wind tunnel work at ARC and is excited to apply new CFD capabilities at ARC to provide real world solutions.
“Our goal is to produce resilient, low-complexity, cost-effective devices that improve fuel saving over currently available technologies,” says Ray McDonald, Ridge’s vice president of engineering.
“ARC is happy to showcase our transient adjoint technology inside the commercial vehicle sector for the first time. This unique technology may evolve the most efficient drag reduction designs to the truck/trailer industry to date,” adds ARC Chairman Adrian Reynard.