IMPROVED MEANS OF TRAILER BASE DRAG REDUCTION

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$224,762.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
11758
Agency Tracking Number:
11758
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Po Box 3073, Princeton, NJ, 08543
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Alan J Bilanin
Senior
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
UNITED STATES SEMI-TRAILER VANS EXPEND OVER 10 BILLION 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, CONGRESSHAS ENACTED LEGISLATION WHICH PERMITS TRACTOR/SEMI-TRAILER LENGTH LIMITS TO BE EXCEEDED IF THE PURPOSE IS TO IMPROVE FUEL EFFICIENCY OF THE VEHICLE. A PREVIOUS NSF SBIR GRANT TO CONTINUUM DYNAMICS, INC. DEVELOPED A SIMPLE DEVICE WHICH WHEN ATTACHED TO THE BACK OF A TRACTOR TRAILER TRUCK, REDUCED THE AERODYNAMIC DRAG OF THE VEHICLE BY 10%. WHILE THIS DRAG REDUCTION WOULD REPRESENT A FUEL SAVINGS TO THE NATION OF OVER ONE BILLION GALLONS OF FUEL EACH YEAR IF THISDEVICE WERE RETROFITTED TO THE EXISTING VAN FLEET, DRAG REDUCTIONS OF MORE THAN TWICE WHAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN OBTAINED ARE IN FACT POSSIBLE. THIS PROPOSAL SEEKS TO TEST AND DEMONSTRATE DEVICES WHICH APPROACH 20% OR MORE DRAG REDUCTION WHICH ARE STILL EASILY DEPLOYED AND RETROFIT TO THE EXISTING FLEET.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

Agency Micro-sites


SBA logo

Department of Agriculture logo

Department of Commerce logo

Department of Defense logo

Department of Education logo

Department of Energy logo

Department of Health and Human Services logo

Department of Homeland Security logo

Department of Transportation logo

Enviromental Protection Agency logo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration logo

National Science Foundation logo
US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government