SmartTruck has launched a new fairing designed to manipulate and manage the disruptive airflow created in the gap between cab and trailer, or between two tandem trailers.
Stephen S. Ingham, Jr., SmartTruck CEO, says LeadEdge Top Fairing creates lift to reduce drag, providing a 2 percent improvement as a stand-alone, and an incremental improvement in fuel economy when combined with aerodynamic systems addressing drag in other parts of the trailer.
The LeadEdge Fairing was designed and optimized using sophisticated Computational Fluid Dynamics. Predicted performance metrics were subsequently validated through rigorous coast down testing. Live tandem fleet testing is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Ingham also says SmartTruck will consolidate its trailer efficiency solutions portfolio to make it easier for customers to choose and purchase the products that are right for their needs. Effective Monday, the company will sell and distribute its EPA SmartWay Verified and C.A.R.B. Compliant aero systems in three branded configurations:
- The former UT1 will now be named “Classic Aero System”
- The UT6+ will now be named “Premier Aero System”
- TopKit will now be named “TopKit Aero System”