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'Teardrop' trailers thrown into doubt by MIRA study
THE FUEL-EFFICIENCY gains of a so-called 'teardrop' trailer are no better than those of a 4.1m-high trailer, says one trailer manufacturer.
The research, by automotive institute MIRA on behalf of Lawrence David, tested a variety of trailer styles and designs by using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling techniques and found that compared with a standard 4.5m trailer with optimised cab deflector, a teardrop trailer saved 5.1% almost the same as a 4.1m trailer. The teardrop trailer will impact on fuel, but it also impacts on load volume," says Lawrence David technical director Brian Timpson. "Clearly, if you can't use the space in the teardrop, which can be difficult to fill operationally, then you are better off with a standard 4.1m curtainsider and just avoid the problems of low bridges.
"Operators have to consider what benefits these new trailer types bring."
• For more on the MIRA research, turn to page 42.