The team are First Year Engineering Students at NUI Galway. DRS.ie stands for Drag Reduction Systems. The team have invented a drag reduction device which can reduce the drag between a truck and its container load so significantly that it will reduce fuel consumption of the truck by 8%.
This balloon type devise is attached to the back of a truck and has two side air inlets. These air inlets allow the balloon to inflate, filling the drag producing gap between the truck and the container, when it is moving at speed but also allow it to deflate when it is stationary or travelling at slow speeds. The importance of the deflating of the device is that the product doesn’t get damaged when the truck is making tight manoeuvres.