When collecting surface pressure data, the disturbances on the airflow around the pressure tap must be minimal. ARC has developed an external pressure tap design that is low profile, easy to place and secure on a full-scale vehicle and allows accurate reading of surface pressures. The taps can be purchased in bulk.
Contact ARC via e-mail or phone at 317-291-8600 to purchase ARC’s pressure taps for your testing needs.
ARC does not compete against its clients with product in the market place. However, when there is a development area that nobody is developing, ARC will sometimes step in and find a solution. For several years, many have looked at commercial vehicle wheels and came up with “add-on” parts with limited success. Some of these attached parts would come off during normal operations. Taking a different approach, ARC decided to examine the entire wheel. After testing several of the wheels on the market and cataloging which wheels caused the least amount of overall vehicle drag, ARC developed an aerodynamic wheel to be the most fuel efficient in the industry.
With commercial fuel economy now being an incremental game, ARC wheels measured a 0.75% fuel economy improvement over the best existing wheel and on average gave a 2% fuel economy improvement over the average industry wheels.
The design of the ARC wheels is available for licensing. If you have an interest in the potential licensing of this product:Contact ARC via e-mail or phone at 317-291-8600.
ARC does not compete against its clients with product in the marketplace. However, when there is a development area that nobody is developing, ARC will sometimes step in and find a solution. As the market is being penetrated with trailer skirts reaching the critical 5% fuel economy figure, the regulations will soon force the market to look beyond skirts. Currently, boat tails offer the next significant fuel savings. However, many in the industry have been slow to adopt boat tails for various reasons and have asked for a step in between. Based on this request, ARC has developed a “Wake Convergence Device.”
This device is a slim-lined design that attaches to the sides and top of a trailer at the rear. Very little material goes behind the trailer. The current design is for a “swing door” configuration and allows for the doors to be full open for backing into loading areas. With the WCD, there is no additional effort on a driver's part. Because our design is small and easy to install, damaged parts replacement is cost effective.
When the WCD is installed with a skirt, it offers a 3% - 4% improvement to fuel economy. Without a skirt, it offers 2.5% - 3% fuel economy improvement.
The design of the ARC wake convergence device is available for licensing. If you have an interest in the potential licensing of this product:
Contact ARC via e-mail or phone at 317-291-8600.