WIND TUNNEL DEVELOPMENT OF THE DRAG FOILER--A SYSTEM FOR REDUCING TRACTOR-TRAILER AERODYNAMIC DRAG

Dragfoiler II, an effective and practical add-on aerodynamic drag reducing system for tractor-trailers, has been developed. Wind tunnel tests with 1/16- and 1/7-scale tractor-trailer models were used to determine empirical design guidelines for the Dragfoiler II's side elevation and planform shapes. Optimum designs for various combinations of tractor roof height and length, trailer height, and tractor-to-trailer gap length gave zero-yaw drag reductions between 30 and 35%. At a yaw angle of 10 deg, the percentage drag reductions were about half those at 0 deg. Off-design performance and the effects of trailer side-edge geometry were investigated.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at a meeting held August 11-14, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Mason Jr, W T
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00128892
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 750705 Preprint
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 4 1976 12:00AM