Utility unveils new aerodynamic device

US business, Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, has introduced its patented Utility Aerodynamic Tail (UAT).

When paired with low rolling resistant tires and configured on a Utility dry van or reefer, the combination of the UAT and Side Skirt are reportedly designed to reduce fuel use and aerodynamic drag.

The UAT was engineered and tested to meet strict Utility operational requirements. Utility is the only trailer manufacturer that makes all of their own CARB (California Air Resources Board) and Canadian EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) compliant aerodynamic devices.

“We always think about how we can make our trailers more fuel efficient,” said Utility Vice President – Engineering & Product Development, Jeffrey Bennett.

“That is why we have pursued aerodynamic technologies which will further improve trailer performance. Our Utility Aerodynamic Tail was put through rigorous testing including a Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis.

“Utility’s Aerodynamic Tail was developed to be user-friendly, maintenance friendly and the best overall value of similar products in the market,” he said.

Weighing only 25 pounds (11.3kg) and compatible on dry vans and refrigerated trailers with rear swing doors, the UAT made with UV-protected thermoplastic composite and comprises two full height side fairings and one full width roof fairing.

The side fairings are connected to the rear swing doors. Using standard opening procedures for the rear swing doors, the UAT automatically deploys when the doors are closed and folds back when the doors are open with no additional driver involvement necessary. The roof fairing does not interfere with lock rods or rear light areas and meets all DOT Photometric requirements.

According to Utility, its aerodynamic devices undergo rigorous real-world tests to ensure strength and durability and stand up to everyday wear and tear. The side skirt and low resistant tires come standard on both dry vans and reefers. Both of Utility’s side skirt and tail are factory-installed.

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