ExpoCam Has Just Begun!

It’s the first day of ExpoCam at Place Bonaventure in Montreal, and we can’t wait to see you. Don’t forget to pass by Booth #4909. While you’re there take the time to speak with our Director of Sales, Jason Poupart, and participate in our draw to win a free skirt set! All you have to do is leave us your business card. See you soon!

Aerodynamics And You: Coast Down Testing

For the last two weeks we have been keeping you informed of the most popular methods of aerodynamic testing. Keep in mind that at high speeds, aerodynamic drag is to blame for approximately 25% of your truck’s fuel losses! Coast Down testing is another aerodynamic testing method used to measure aerodynamic drag. Read below to learn more!

Coast down testing is used to calculate the resistance caused by drag that a vehicle in motion encounters. Drag pushes the vehicle in the opposite direction of its motion, thus creating resistance. In order to combat such resistance, the vehicle’s engine must work harder. So, by reducing drag, a truck’s engine requires less power to push forward, which in turn requires less fuel. The test is conducted on a flat stretch of road while the vehicle is decelerating. Many factors must be taken into account before starting a coast down test. These include the mileage of the vehicle, ambient temperatures, wind, barometric pressure, and much more. Once the vehicle reaches a speed of almost 75mph, it is put to neutral and is allowed to coast until it stops.

Happy Easter!

From our family to yours, we wish you and your loved ones a Happy Easter filled with joy, happiness and peace.

Aerodynamics And You: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Last week we mentioned the importance of aerodynamic solutions for your fleet. Recall that at high speeds, aerodynamic drag is to blame for approximately 25% of your truck’s fuel losses!

Computational Fluid Dynamics, or CFD, are another popular aerodynamic testing tool. CFD are mathematical computer simulations of the mechanical behavior of a fluid, in this case air, and how it flows around a vehicle. Testing involves a 3D model of the latter, and finite element simulation, or in other words simulation of how air flows around the 3D model. One important advantage of CFD is that is allows us to test a system without having to create a physical model. It can be used as a virtual lab. Furthermore, CFD is a powerful visualization tool. It creates a visual representation of air and how it flows, whereas air cannot be seen in the real world.  Once multiple simulations have been completed, the next step is to validate the results by attempting to replicate them in a real-world situation or in a wind tunnel. This method can be used during new product development in order to test and optimize a new concept.

Stay tuned for next week’s informational post on aerodynamic testing!

Aerodynamics And You: Wind Tunnels

Why are aerodynamics important to your fleet? Well consider this: at high speeds, aerodynamic drag is to blame for approximately 25% of your truck’s fuel losses! Through aerodynamic testing and aerodynamic solutions, such as the Transtex Trailer Skirts, we aim to reduce that 25% fuel loss as much as possible.

Wind tunnels are one of the leading tools used for aerodynamic testing. More specifically, they are used to gather drag reduction measurements. Finding new aerodynamic solutions is crucial to reducing the 25% fuel losses caused by drag. This is where wind tunnel testing comes in handy; it proves in a quantifiable way the drag reduction abilities of aerodynamic products such as the Transtex single skirt kit. Combined with moving ground technology, wind tunnels allow testers to control the environment in which the model is observed, letting mimic real-world factors such as wind speed, and wind direction.  Although wind tunnel testing can be conducted on full scale trucks and trailers, it is most common to use a scale model replica of the vehicles. This is due to sizing issues and unavailability of a moving ground large enough for a full scale truck and trailer. Some may worry about the accuracy of results gathered from scale models, but research has proven that reasonable results are still attained with the smaller replicas.

Stay tuned for next week’s informational post on aerodynamic testing!

Transtex Volunteered At Moisson Laval!

Transtex volunteered in the kitchens of Moisson Laval last week! Our employees helped Chef Roberto prepare various dishes such as burritos, fruit salads, muffins and more! Moisson Laval is an amazing organization that provides food assistance to those in need. Their programs range from emergency food services, healthy lunch programs for schools, Christmas baskets, and much more. What a great way to support the Laval community.

Check Out Ben McKee’s FleetPride Branded Remote Controlled Car!

TMC came and went, but we haven’t forgotten our Transtex Superspeedway Winner! Ben McKee are you ready to drive your FleetPride decaled remote controlled car? We bet you’re excited, because you’ll be getting your prize shortly, and we want pictures of you racing it around! Again, congratulations on winning the Transtex Superspeedway challenge Ben.