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Aerodynamic drag reduction apparatus for wheeled vehicles in ground effect

United States Patent

December 13, 2005
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An apparatus for reducing the aerodynamic drag of a wheeled vehicle in a flowstream, the vehicle having a vehicle body and a wheel assembly supporting the vehicle body. The apparatus includes a baffle assembly adapted to be positioned upstream of the wheel assembly for deflecting airflow away from the wheel assembly so as to reduce the incident pressure on the wheel assembly.
Ortega; Jason M. (Pacifica, CA), Salari; Kambiz (Livermore, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland, CA)
10/ 786,531
February 24, 2004
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.