AUSTIN, Texas — FlowBelow Aero, a manufacturer of tractor-mounted aerodynamic products has introduced two new technologies to complement the company’s flagship fuel-saving Tractor AeroKit device.
The tractor-mounted AeroFender is a patented aerodynamic replacement for standard (non-aerodynamic) quarter fenders.
The device is installed in front of the forward-most drive wheels of single-axle and tandem-axle tractors and helps to direct airflow past the tractor drive wheels.
The AeroFender may be used by itself, but a higher total fuel savings can be realized when used in combination with wheel covers, center tandem fairings, and rear tandem fairings on the tractor, according to Josh Butler, CEO and Founder of FlowBelow Aero.
The intended results for the AeroFender are both safety and efficiency benefits in terms of reduced drag and reduced splash and spray.
The AeroFender is expected to be available for purchase late this year.
FlowBelow is also introducing its Trailer AeroKit system, which is the first aerodynamic product of its kind that is mounted directly to the trailer suspension.
The Trailer AeroKit utilizes wheel covers in combination with patented fairings in front, between, and behind the wheels, Butler said.
The wheel covers and fairings work together as a system to address the complex airflow around the trailer wheels and suspension. The system is designed to complement other trailer mounted aerodynamic devices such as trailer skirts and tails and offers additive fuel savings depending on the combination of devices deployed.
The Trailer AeroKit also is expected to be available later this year.
“FlowBelow’s engineering and product expertise is in managing the airflow around the underbody and the wheels of the vehicle,” Butler said. “By expanding our line of products to the trailer, we will be able to build on the proven performance of the Tractor AeroKit and offer even more significant fuel-savings opportunities for fleets. The new Trailer AeroKit will be the first complete system to addresses the aerodynamic drag around the entire rear-wheel area of the trailer while still maintaining easy accessibility to the wheels.”
FlowBelow is a Texas-based aerodynamics company founded by mechanical and aerospace engineers. Its product development process includes advanced computational fluid dynamics modeling and extensive interaction with fleet mechanics and drivers to ensure the products provide utility, efficiency, and profitability for fleets.
The company’s flagship product, the Tractor AeroKit, was launched in 2013 and is now used by major fleets such as Swift, MVT, Hirschbach, Nussbaum and others.
The system is available as a data book option or standard equipment through all Freightliner and Kenworth dealers nationwide.
For more information visit www.flowbelow.com.