This theme will focus on research and applications to optimise the efficiency of long haul vehicles, their management and the logistics infrastructure within which they operate.
In this theme we investigate:
Rolling resistance reduction
Ultra lightweight trailer design
Close collaboration will ensure that research outcomes will be transferred to achieve a true multi-disciplinary approach. A particular strength of this project is that partners can provide valuable input on the impact each element has on the others, for example the effect of aerodynamic shaping on practical aspects (loading/unloading, logistics etc) so that drag benefits can be assessed together with their effect on operations. In the final two years of the project the key findings from the projects will be incorporated in a full scale demonstration vehicle, based on the Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium’s existing test vehicles [www.cvdc.org], allowing a verification of the predicted fuel savings in a realistic environment.
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