Browse Publications Technical Papers 2004-01-1306
2004-03-08

Impact of Advanced Aerodynamic Technology on Transportation Energy Consumption 2004-01-1306

An assessment of the role of fluid dynamic resistance and/or aerodynamic drag and the relationship to energy use in the United States is presented. Existing data indicates that 16% of the total energy consumed in the United States is used to overcome aerodynamic drag in transportation systems. Application of existing pressure drag reduction technologies to all ground vehicles within the United States will reduce yearly energy costs by 20 billion dollars.

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