Aerodynamic and Flexible Trucks for Next Generation of Long Distance Road Transport (AEROFLEX)
Research Project

The transport sector contributes to about 25% of total CO2 emissions in the EU and is the only sector where the trend is still increasing. Taking into account the growing demand on the road transport system and the ambitious targets of the EC’s Transport White Paper, it is paramount to increase the efficiency of freight transport.
The vision of the AEROFLEX project is to support vehicle manufacturers and the logistics industry to achieve the coming challenges for road transport. The overall objective of the AEROFLEX project is to develop and demonstrate new technologies, concepts and architectures for complete vehicles with optimised aerodynamics, powertrains and safety systems as well as flexible and adaptable loading units with advanced interconnectedness contributing to the vision of a “physical internet”. The optimal matching of novel vehicle concepts and infrastructures is highly important, requiring the definition of smart infrastructure access policies for the next generation of trucks, load carriers and road infrastructure.


The specific technical objectives, main innovations and targeted key results are:
1. Characterise the European freight transport market (map, quantify and predict), the drivers, the constraints, the trends, and the mode and vehicle choice criteria
2. Develop new concepts and technologies for trucks with reduced drag, which are safer, comfortable, configurable and cost effective and ensure satisfaction of intermodal customer needs under varying transport tasks and conditions.
3. Demonstrate potential truck aerodynamics and energy management improvements with associated impact assessments of the new vehicle concepts, technologies and features developed in the AEROFLEX project.
4. Drafting of coherent recommendations for revising standards and legislative frameworks in order to allow the new aerodynamic and flexible vehicle concepts on the road.
To achieve an overall 18-33% efficiency improvement in road transport / long haulage by 2025+.

Participants

Robert Thomson (contact)

Biträdande professor vid Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Vehicle Safety

Collaborations

Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF)

Orbassano, Italy

Creo Dynamics

Linkoping, Sweden

DAF Trucks NV

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur

Munchen, Germany

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Köln, Germany

Han University of Applied Sciences

Arnhem, Netherlands

Hannover Medical School (MHH)

Hannover, Germany

Idiada Automotive Technology

Tarragona, Spain

International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR)

Bryssel, Belgium

Iveco S.p.A.

Torino, Italy

MAN Truck and Bus

Munich, Germany

Michelin

Clermont-Ferrand, France

National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

Delft, Netherlands

Scania CV AB

Södertälje, Sweden

Schmitz Cargobull AG

Horstmar, Germany

Tirsan Treyler AS

Sakarya, Turkey

Transport and Mobility Leuven (TML)

Leuven, Belgium

Uniresearch

Delft, Netherlands

Van Eck Group

Beesd, Netherlands

Volvo Group

Gothenburg, Sweden

Wabco

Bryssel, Belgium

Funding

European Commission (Horizon 2020)

Funding Chalmers participation during 2017–2021 with 3,437,972.00 SEK

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Transport

Areas of Advance

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Latest update

2018-04-11