ComVec 2016: US expert to reveal trailer drag solutions


US efficiency expert to speak at ComVec 2016 about the benefits of trailer rear drag aerodynamic devices

 

Cokey Ellerbe.

US truck fleet owners waste $2-3 billion each year due to lost fuel efficiency caused by aerodynamic drag; recovering that lost cost and adding it back into the bottom line is surprisingly simple, according to one expert who will address the 2016 ComVec heavy vehicle engineering conference in July.

In his presentation, Stemco Innovative Tire and Mileage Solutions' US east national account manager of Aerodynamic Devices Cokey Ellerbe will discuss use of trailer rear drag aerodynamic devices in the US, what impact they’ve had and why fleets in Australia could benefit from their adoption.

It is estimated that trailer drag accounts for 75 per cent of the aerodynamic drag on a modern tractor trailer. The more aerodynamic the vehicle, the less fuel it uses, which leads to reduced operating cost and more cash flow.

By equipping heavy-duty vehicles with aerodynamic devices, fleet owners can also improve vehicle stability and make their equipment safer for drivers to operate.

"There is a fundamental disconnect between van trailer design and aerodynamic efficiency," he says.

"As a result, US fleet owners waste $2-3 billion each year due to lost fuel efficiency caused by aerodynamic drag.

"Recovering that lost cost and adding it back into the bottom line is surprisingly simple.

"Australian fleet owners need to understand how this disconnect affects them in order to overcome it and improve their operating budgets."

Ellerbe will be among a strong line up of 25 national and international guest speakers to address ComVec, including leading policy advocates from relevant government departments affecting the heavy-vehicle industry.

To be hosted on July 19-20 at the Melbourne Park Convention Centre by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA), the two-day conference will be jam packed with industry relevant sessions on:

  • The latest design changes and the newest truck models on the market
  • Changes to the VSB6 code of practice for heavy-vehicle modifications
  • The effects of suspension design on vehicle stability and tracking
  • Engineering applications for adhesives
  • Design features that affect vehicle performance
  • Electronic brake systems (EBS) and their benefits to operators
  • Key changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual
  • The multi-combination brake compatibility guide
  • Changing LED lighting technology
  • The latest information on new oil technology
  • Advances in aerodynamic semi-trailer systems.

The event is especially relevant to trailer manufacturers, body builders, vehicle and equipment modifiers, specialised vehicle manufacturers, equipment suppliers and installers, PBS consulting engineers, and fleet owners and managers.

To download the full program and booking form visit www.comvec.com.au. Book before June 10 to be eligible for early bird rates.

 

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