Automotive and Transport Design MA
I'm Santiago Celeghin from Venice, Italy. For my final major project I am studying the possibility to design a truck that can change shape, adapting and optimising to different aerodinamic situations. I analysed a platooning situation as well as a solo situation, due to the high advantages this innovation will give to the industry. Trucks travel for longer distances and with a more constant average speed which has an impact on the drag reduction that can be achieved and on fuel/energy savings. I’m designing the truck for 2050, where autonomous trucks will be completely driverless on highways and cars will also run fully autonomous. I’ll specifically be looking into the best and most aerodynamic shape for trucks to run in convoys and the best, aerodynamic shape for solo trucks. Also, I will design a trailer that can optimise it’s shape depending on the load amount and shape it's carrying.