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AirChanneler Device installed, directly connecting the high pressure off the top of trailer into the centrally located low pressure area on rear doors disrupts the vortices associated with drag.

*Interview with Inventor and Patent Holder of the Air Channeler System for Trucks

By Lance Winslow

Let's face it every trucking company, distributor, army, or agency which has to move fuel, cargo, freight, people, or essentials from one place to another definitely needs fuel efficient transportation. And if you know much about aerodynamics once you get around 50 mph your co-efficient of drag curve goes hyperbolic. You need to have an aerodynamic truck and an aerodynamic trailer.But how can you design such a system without costing you space capacity or hampering your ease of use on the truck trailer?

Not long ago, I had a discussion with Douglas Fairburn a supply chain innovator, inventor, and patent holder (US 6,561,575 B2 and US 6,692,066 B2) of the Air Channeler System, which redirects the air-pressure from the front of the trailer taking it through the trailer and distributing it out the back of the trailer where the slip-stream is chaotic and turbulent.

When discussion this with Douglas Fairburn he stated; "I designed an aerodynamic method of reducing the drag on tractors and trailers using ram air natural or passive base-bleed."

Fairburn suggests that "It's all about reducing drag! Base-bleeding by natural ventilation uses the kinetic energy of the high pressure or wind resistance on the front or sides of a vehicle by directly connecting it to the low pressure area centrally located on the aft or rear of the vehicle via air channeling devices or venting tubes," he goes on to state that; "Wind resistance and drag is reduced simultaneously as high pressure naturally seeks to equalize a low pressure region and as barometric pressure adjusts at the intake and outlet ends of the air channeling device, a global equalization of pressure around the surrounding surfaces of the vehicle is recognized."

He tells me that by reducing the drag and wind at the same time it also improves handling, not to mention the significant gains in fuel mileage. He stated that; "Base-bleeding by natural ventilation saves energy any time it is in motion as it requires no power sources, moving parts, preventive maintenance, driver intervention and does not interfere with loading dock or driving operations."

I am the author of "Truck Technologies of the Future" and I agree with exactly what Douglas speaks of, in fact I dedicated an entire chapter to aerodynamics [if you look up my book online see page 118] to the topic of fuel economy.

Meanwhile, let me leave the reader with these thoughts too: AirChanneler Concept is viable in many industries and subsectors, not just trucking - for instance;

  • Motorhomes
  • Yachts
  • Dirigibles
  • Littoral Ships
  • Structures to divert high winds
  • UAVs
  • Light Aircraft
  • Autos
  • Buses
  • Hurricane architecture

Lance Winslow is the Founder of the Online Think Tank, a diverse group of achievers, experts, innovators, entrepreneurs, thinkers, futurists, academics, dreamers, leaders, and general all around brilliant minds. Lance Winslow hopes you've enjoyed today's discussion and topic. Have an important subject to discuss, contact Lance Winslow.

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