1ST PLACE WINNER – AUTOMOTIVE/TRANSPORTATION CATEGORY
2017 SAE/NASA Techbriefs Media CREATE THE FUTURE Design Contest
A REVOLUTION IN UNDER HOOD AERO-THERMODYNAMICS FOR THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY
One of the greatest efficiency upgrades without touching the engine or cab aerodynamics
What is the technology?
The Heavy Duty Aftermarket Super Truck is a modular retrofit platform for new transportation technology. The first core module is the Enviro-Cool Air Management System that directly increases ram air for engine compartment cooling that then exits through the patented electric fan system and hood. The benefits are reduced fuel consumption up to 10%, increased available horsepower and significantly lower engine compartment temperature.
How does the technology reduce fuel consumption?
The Air Management System improves fuel economy by a replacing the OEM fan assembly with a lighter weight and lower horsepower electric fan system, redirecting hot dead-headed air to outside the hood. This improves the coefficient of drag, increases available horsepower and dramatically reduces under hood temperature and fan noise.
How is the technology implemented?
The AMS is a complete retrofit package. The OEM fan, fan clutch, shroud, and belts are removed and replaced with dual electric high-performance fans and plenum mounted on the radiator. The new system is a custom drop-in fit. A new molded full-width cowl induction hood and air duct are attached to direct the hot air outside. The package is designed to be installed in a mod shop or an OEM assembly line.
What transportation challenge is the technology addressing?
The AMS system addresses the transportation industry’s heat management challenges and general lack of under hood aero-thermodynamic innovation. Over 50% of all engine failures are due to cooling system issues. Solving this creates an enormous savings on maintenance, cost of ownership and fuel.
From a design perspective, what is special about the technology?
From a design perspective the Air Management System is unique in that it is one of the single greatest OEM and aftermarket improvements without touching the engine or cab aerodynamics and that it is a relatively simple modular retrofit.
What’s next regarding the development of the Super Truck system?
The Heavy Duty Aftermarket Super Truck Platform opens the door for advanced yet affordable disruptive technology that will revolutionize the industry by improving power, reducing the carbon footprint, cost of ownership and significantly increasing load revenues. With the AMS developed, we are now working on a second and third modular upgrade. The second is a Class 8 Hybrid Electric System and the third is an advanced Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT) that will be lighter weight, require no clutching or hydraulics and will have fewer parts.