The standard Fuelcone was developed in the RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) wind tunnel in the 1980’s and is still the most aerodynamic body mounted aerodynamic device in the world. Yes, Australian designed and manufactured and yet another example of an ‘Aussie’ being the best! Of particular interest is the roots of Fuelcone’s designs; Acknowledging that “Nosecone®” works, RMIT went about developing a cone type device that was more aerodynamically effective the Nosecone® – “Fuelcone” is the result.
The main reasons for the improved performance are:
- Increased radius to leading edges at side and top of the Fuelcone. (nb. This feature is also included in Fuelcone extenders, ensuring that all exposed edges at the front of a van body or trailer are the most aerodynamically efficient).
- Flat base ensuring the design of products does not deflect airflow down behind the truck cabs. (nb. At the time of testing this was an important consideration, but now that truck cabs designs have improved aerodynamically it has become even more critical as the airflow is now more likely to follow the cab roof lines.)
Fuelcone is all about maximum performance and it mounts down the sides of the front corners of a van body or trailer. Therefore having a overall width of 2500mm fuelcone may not fit straight onto some curtain-sided or narrower bodies, and as it is 550mm deep for rigid applications in particular consideration to clearances and design is recommended.