Concentric variable flow oil and water pumps in US Supertruck

Variable flow oil pumps developed by Concentric AB are making a significant contribution to the US-funded “Supertruck” program which is developing a new generation of fuel-efficient heavy-duty trucks.

Concentric variable flow oil and water pumps in US Supertruck

Variable flow oil pumps developed by Concentric AB are making a significant contribution to the US-funded “Supertruck” program which is developing a new generation of fuel-efficient heavy-duty trucks.

In January 2010, US Department of Energy launched a four-year program with the objective of developing technologies to improve over-the-road fuel consumption of a Class 8 truck by 50%. Three cost-shared projects were awarded to Cummins, Navistar and Daimler Trucks North America, while Volvo Group joined the program some 18 months later. Program costs are estimated at $270 million in total, made up of DOE grants and matched funding from the manufacturers.

The “Supertruck” programme, as it has become known, encompasses aerodynamics, weight and rolling resistance, advanced transmissions and electronic controls for optimization as well as engine improvements. Three years on, not only has the 50% improvement been shown to be within reach but many of the technologies are expected to be production-viable for the next generation of trucks.

The engine building block for this objective translated into an improvement of around 20%. Interestingly, in the same period, a target brake thermal efficiency of 55% has now become the market benchmark for future heavy-duty diesels in Europe as well as North America.

To quote a recent Cummins press release, research to this end has focused on “numerous changes in the combustion system as well as advances to reduce internal friction and so-called “parasitic power” – excess power the engine needs to run such things as lube and coolant pumps and air compressors.”

Concentric, a specialist in the design and manufacture of lube and cooling pumps for commercial diesels, has been developing its variable flow technology for 10 years now and in the last three years has been working with most of the participants in the DOE program and their European counterparts. The company has been able to demonstrate various levels of technology to address all drive cycle options, whether by improved efficiency of conventional pumps, or by single-stage hydraulic through to electronically-controlled infinitely variable pumps offering the maximum potential for power savings.

David Woolley, President and CEO of Concentric AB commented: “We are extremely proud to be involved so widely across the Supertruck program and of the contribution that our technology has been able to make. Our products have clearly demonstrated the real potential for parasitic power saving. Moreover, as the industry has become aligned in pursuit of the fully-mapped lube and cooling strategies that these technologies enable, Concentric's products been validated to a level of durability expected by the heavy truck market. They are indeed ready for the trucks of tomorrow!”

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Issued on behalf of: Concentric AB, 3 The Archway, Radford Road, Alvechurch, Birmingham B48 7LD, UK. Tel: +44 (0)845 3700 848. Fax: +44 (0)845 3700 849.   Website: www.concentric ab.com E-mail: info.gbal@concentricab.com

By David Sommerlad, Grafton House, North Hills, Brill, Bucks.HP18 9TH. UK. Tel: +44 (0)1844 238352. E-mail: david@dspr.co.uk

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A recent version of Concentric's variable flow oil pump

About Concentric

Concentric is an innovator in flow control and fluid power, supplying proprietary systems and components for trucks, buses and industrial vehicles, worldwide. The company encompasses two technology/product areas, hydraulics and pumps for diesel engines. The hydraulics range is supplied under the Haldex brand name and the pumps are branded Concentric.

With over 1,000 employees and yearly sales of approximately 2.2 billion Swedish Kronor, Concentric AB is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange   (www.concentricAB.com).

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Concentric AB is the former Hydraulics Division of Haldex AB and from June 16 2011 a separate listed company.Concentric is one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers. Our flow dynamics gives customers advanced technology oil pumps, water pumps, fuel pumps and hydraulic systems. We aim to increase fuel economy, reduce emissions and improve engine control through our technical solutions and precision engineering. Concentric’s global manufacturing presence includes factories in Sweden, Germany, the UK, the USA, Argentina, India and China, backed by central support and development functions. This means we sell locally to our global customers. The business fuses Concentric’s strengths as a pumps maker with longstanding expertise in hydraulic products. Our customers make trucks, construction equipment, agricultural machinery and general industrial applications.

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