New PSI venture bringing plasma actuator technology to aerodynamics market

US company Pressure Systems International (PSI) has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with aerodynamics specialist, Plasma Stream Technologies.

According to PSI, Plasma Stream has developed a new type of ‘active flow control system’ that uses plasma actuator technology to reduce aerodynamic drag on semi-trucks and trailers and lead to fuel savings. 

“The active flow control system, which manipulates airflow around the vehicle, offers aerodynamic benefits without the added weight and maintenance issues associated with bolt-on aero devices,” explained PSI CEO, Tim Musgrave.

“The system is deployed automatically and has the flexibility to be used with roll-up doors, as well as swing doors, unlike other conventional boat-tail designs.”

According to Musgrave, US fleets are increasingly focused on improving the aerodynamics of their vehicles to reduce total cost of ownership, but also to meet upcoming GHG (Greenhouse Gas) Phase 2 standards.

The proposed North American standards covering trailers beginning in model year 2018 encourage the adoption of green technologies that reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions.

“PSI believes that Plasma Stream technology can offer a real advantage for fleets, just like automatic tire inflation,” Musgrave said.

“Reducing fuel consumption benefits the environment as well as our customers’ bottom line, so our investment in Plasma Stream is in sync with our commitment to the market of providing product that delivers a highly desirable ROI.”

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