PART symposium on Aerodynamic Heavy Duty Vehicles

Thursday the 10th of May PART organized a symposium on the topic of Heavy Duty Vehicles Aerodynamic. With speakers from universities, truck manufacturers and carriers the symposium gave an insight in new technologies regarding aerodynamics which lead to large fuel and CO2 emissions on heavy duty vehicles.

Over 50 people where present when Michel van Tooren openend the day. Thorsten Frank (Daimler/Mercedes-Benz) was the first presentor and elaborated on the aerodynamic development of the new Actros. Date Rentema (DAF Trucks) focussed on how DAF is dealing with the complex aerodynamics around trucks. Per Elofsson (SCANIA) illustrated the latest aerodynamic developments of their tractor, while Linus Hjelm  (VOLVO) presented their work on active flow control at the rear-end of trailers.


During lunch Ralf Täuber (TNT ERN) illustrated their successful experience with aerodynamic drag reduction devices on their trailers during operational activities. Gandert Van Raemdonck (TU Delft) kicked-off the second part of the day with is elaborated research on trailer aerodynamics. Ken Visser (Clarkson University) presented his recent work on active flow control which was also a topic of the talk of Navid Nayeri (TU Berlin). Barry Koren (University of Leiden) closed the day with his lecture on shape optimization methods.


After this intensive day one can conclude that minimizing aerodynamic drag is of key importance to maximize the fuel efficiency of heavy duty vehicles and that the complete vehicle combination, including the trailer should be considered. Additionally, the aerodynamic benefits that can be obtained at the trailer are much larger compared with further optimizations of the tractor which have already a very good aerodynamic drag level.

On behalf of the organisation we would like to thank all speakers and visitors for their input. We look forward to organising more events in the future.


PART (Platform for Aerodynamic Road Transport) is a knowledge platform in which scientists, road transport equipment manufacturers and shippers and carriers work together on a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the road transport sector by 2020. By organizing this workshop, it presents the latest developments, trends and innovations in this knowledge field.