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Sustainable Timber Transport: Economic Aspects of Aerodynamic Reconfiguration
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Applied Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Applied Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics & Quality Management. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8554-0687
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Applied Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5526-2399
2018 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 10, no 6, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a need to reduce fuel consumption, and thereby reduce CO2-emissions in all parts of the transport sector. It is also well known that aerodynamic resistance affects the fuel consumption in a major way. By improving the aerodynamics of the vehicles, the fuel consumption will also decrease. A special type of transportation is that of timber, which is performed by specialized trucks with few alternative uses. This paper follows up on earlier papers concerning Swedish timber trucks where aerodynamic improvements for timber trucks were tested. By mapping the entire fleet of timber trucks in Sweden and investigating reduced fuel consumption of 2–10%, financial calculations were performed on how these improvements would affect the transport costs. Certain parameters are investigated, such as investment cost, extra changeover time and weight of installments. By combining these results with the mapping of the fleet, it can be seen under which circumstances these improvements would be sustainable. The results show that it is possible through aerodynamics to lower the transportation costs and make an investment plausible, with changeover time being the most important parameter. They also show that certain criteria for a reduced transportation cost already exist within the vehicle fleet today.

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MDPI, 2018. Vol. 10, no 6, p. 1-18
Keywords [en]
timber trucks; fuel consumption; aerodynamic design; financial consequences
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Business Administration Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics Transport Systems and Logistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150163DOI: 10.3390/su10061965ISI: 000436570100277Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85048336587OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-150163DiVA, id: diva2:1238836
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Funding agencies: Energimyndigheten (the Swedish Energy Agency)

Available from: 2018-08-14 Created: 2018-08-14 Last updated: 2018-09-21Bibliographically approved

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