REDUCING U.S. IMPORT OIL DEPENDENCE BY ONE BILLION GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL PER YEAR

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$198,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1590
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Continuum Dynamics Inc.
P.o. Box 3073, Princeton, NJ, 08540
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Alan J. Bilanin
President
() -
Business Contact:
DR. ALAN J. BILANIN
PRESIDENT
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
UNITED STATES SEMI-TRAILER VANS EXPEND OVER 10,000,000,000 GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL PER YEAR MOVING AIR AROUND THE VEHICLES. THIS NEEDLESS WASTE OF FUEL INCREASES OUR IMPORT OIL DEPENDENCY, AS WELL AS ADDS NEEDLESS DIESEL EXHAUST CARCINOGENS INTO OUR ATMOSPHERE. RECENTLY, CONGRESS HAS ENACTED LEGISLATION WHICH PERMITS TRACTOR/SEMI-TRAILER LENGTH LIMITS TO BE EXCEEDED IF THE PURPOSE IS TO IMPROVE FUEL EFFICIENCY OF THE VEHICLE. THE FOLLOWING PROPOSAL REQUESTS SUPPORT TO DEMONSTRATE THAT A RATHER SIMPLE DEVICE AFFIXED TO THE BACK OF A SEMI-TRAILER VAN BODY CAN REDUCE THE AERODYNAMIC DRAG OF THE VEHICLE BY 10%, AND RESULT IN A NATIONWIDE YEARLY SAVINGS OF DIESEL FUEL IN EXCESS OF 1,000,000,000 GALLONS. THE POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATION OF THIS RESEARCH WILL DEVELOP AND MARKET AN INEXPENSIVE, EASILY DEPLOYED AND RUGGED DEVICE TO BE RETROFITTED TO THE UNITED STATES VAN FLEET, AND THEREBY REALIZE THE ABOVE FUEL SAVINGS.

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