Resilient aerodynamic trailer skirts

  • US 7,748,772 B2
  • Filed: 05/07/2009
  • Issued: 07/06/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/29/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A resilient aerodynamic skirt adapted to be substantially longitudinally mounted to a trailer, the resilient aerodynamic skirt comprising a skirt panel defining a front portion and a rear portion, the front portion being adapted to be laterally proximally mounted toward a forward portion of the trailer and the rear portion being adapted to be laterally distally mounted in respect with the forward portion toward a rear portion of the trailer, the skirt panel defining a curved portion between the front portion and the rear portion when mounted on the trailer in an aerodynamic configuration, the skirt panel being adapted to bend away from the aerodynamic configuration when contacting a foreign object and to recover its aerodynamic configuration thereafter, wherein the resilient aerodynamic skirt comprises a resilient strut securing the skirt panel to the trailer, the resilient strut being adapted to bend when the skirt panel bends away from the aerodynamic configuration.

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