SAE 2014 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress

Technical Session Schedule

Wednesday, October 8

Vehicle Aerodynamics
(Session Code: CVA100)

Room 55/57  4:00 p.m.

Aerodynamic drag reduction has been identified as a primary technology for increasing fuel economy and thus improving the economic health of the trucking industry as well as the environmental health of the US. The acceptance of aerodynamics as a major player in trucking efficiency has increased significantly over the past decade and this trend is expected to continue. Position papers on the current status and future role of aerodynamic technology on vehicle and vehicle component design are desired. Proposed papers should focus on the science and engineering challenges including atmospheric effects, trailer aerodynamics, tire and wheel aerodynamics and safety.

Organizers - Kevin Horrigan, Exa Corporation; Richard Wood, Solus-Solutions and Technologies; Rick Mihelic, Peterbilt
Chairpersons - Richard Wood, Solus-Solutions and Technologies

Time Paper No. Title
4:00 p.m. 2014-01-2438
Effect of Platooning on Fuel Consumption of Class 8 Vehicles Over a Range of Speeds, Following Distances, and Mass
Michael P. Lammert, Adam Duran, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Jeremy Diez, Kevin Burton, Intertek; Alex Nicholson, Link Engineering Company
4:30 p.m. ORAL ONLY
The Unsteady Wake Structure of a Boat-Tail-Equipped Heavy Vehicle and its Influence on the Dynamic Response of a Following Passenger Vehicle
Brian R. McAuliffe, Annick D'Auteuil, National Research Council Canada; Leanna Belluz, Marc Belzile, Transport Canada
5:00 p.m. 2014-01-2436
Aerodynamic Impact of Tractor-Trailer in Drafting Configuration
Jeff Smith, Rick Mihelic, Peterbilt; Brandon Gifford, Matthew Ellis, Exa Corporation
Simulation and Aerodynamic Optimization of Flow Over a Pickup Truck Model (Written Only -- No Oral Presentation)
Haoting Wang, Tieping Lin, Xiayi Yuan, Qi Zhang, GAC Engineering

The papers in this session are available in SAE Technical Paper Collection, COLL-TP-00456, and also individually. To purchase visit

Planned by Commercial Vehicle Aerodynamics Committee / Commercial Vehicle Activity