Sep 15, 2020

Physical Internet Webinar: AEROFLEX – Aerodynamic and Flexible Trucks for Next Generation of Long Distance Road Transport

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

15 September 14.00 – 16.00 CET


  • Welcome and rules of the webinar
  • Overview and status project
  • Highlights, innovations, demonstration and assessment. Impact and requirements
    • Potential benefits and limitations of technology solutions: Aerodynamics, hybrid distributed powertrain, front end design and vehicle architecture.
    • Modular architectures for efficient logistics operations.
    • Transport assesment tool. How I can make road freight transport efficient in my supply chain?
    • Smart and intelligent access regulations to transport infrastructure. How to drive efficiency and new technology adoption.
  • Next steps, outlook

The AEROFLEX project will develop and demonstrate new technologies, concepts and architectures for complete vehicles with optimised aerodynamics, powertrains and safety systems as well as flexible and adaptable loading units with advanced interconnectedness contributing to the vision of a “physical internet”. The optimal matching of novel vehicle concepts and infrastructures is highly important, requiring the definition of smart infrastructure access policies for the next generation of trucks, load carriers and road infrastructure.

The overall efficiency target is broken down as follows:

  • 4-5% energy saving by separate platforms;
  • 4-6% energy saving by using loading space more effectively;
  • 5-12% energy efficiency improvement from the integration of more flexible, advanced powertrains;
  • 5-10% reduction in energy consumption through improved truck aerodynamics;
  • standardised interfaces and the resulting sharing of components leading to higher economies of scale;
  • front end designs to ensure survivability in crashes up to 50 km/h for occupants and vulnerable road users.


Ben Kraaijenhagen (
BeCat, Ben Consultancy in automotive and transport

Grown up with trucks and transport of freight and in business since mid-1982.
More than 35 years of expertise in the mobility and logistics industry in many countries worldwide. Has an in-depth expertise in trend analysis, the creation of scenarios, product stewardship, mobility and logistics and public funding programs. Developed research and innovation roadmaps including project ideas to develop new concepts and new technologies meeting the challenges of the coming decades. He held many workshops and interviews with focus groups to discuss and mirror future challenges, needs, and requirements. He is engaged in many platforms and associations, e.g. ALICE, ERTRAC, IFRTT, Metropolregion Munich, EUCAR, ACEA, and EIT KIC to shape the future of a sustainable and competitive Europe. Since October 2017, he is leading the project AEROFLEX, AEROdynamic and FLEXible trucks for the next generation of long-haul freight trucks in Europe. 23 partners out of 7 European countries and Turkey. A project funded by Horizon 2020 and supported by a Sounding Board counting 58 members from industry, logistics, research institutes, associations, authorities, and policymakers. Early 2018 he got involved in the EIT Urban Mobility Community, a consortium of 48 partners, being cities, academia, and Industry, working towards liveable urban spaces for our European cities and beyond. Currently he acts as the interim Director Innovations. His vision is sustainable mobility for freight and people, being efficient and affordable with a minimal negative impact on the environment, health, safety, and society. To achieve this, he is convinced that we need a paradigm shift in our thinking and ways of doing business. He is more than happy to support the academia, industry, and communities to face these challenges and turn them into real projects.


Dr. Per Elofsson (

Per Elofsson graduated 1998 from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm with a Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics following an M.Sc. in Vehicle Engineering. From 1998-2003 he worked at Volvo Car Corporation in Gothenburg as an Aerodynamicist and Attribute Leader for. In 2003 he joined Scania in Södertälje, where he now works as Senior Technical Manager, Aerodynamics.

In AEROFLEX he is the leader for Work package 3, Aerodynamic features for the complete vehicle, with the main objective to develop efficient aerodynamic measures for longer vehicles and to quantify their performance.


Giuseppe Cordua, (
Iveco – CNH Industrial

Giuseppe Cordua is a senior passive safety specialist with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He spent his 20 years job activity oriented on automotive and industrial sectors. He focused his experience in research and development being involved in several virtual and physical validation campaigns on passenger cars and commercial vehicles. He join IVECO, a brand of CNH Industrial, since 2005 with different roles; currently he covers the role of passive safety simulation technology manager at CNH Industrial following transversally all the global product lines. In AEROFLEX project he is co-leading the WP5 together with Alessio Sarcoli.


Magnus Olbäck, (
Volvo Group

Magnus Olbäck leads work package 4 team regarding Smart Loading Units “SML’s” in the Aeroflex project. The work includes collaboration with most of the other work package leaders, but especially with WP1 (Map and quantify load in EU and potential for configurable truck), WP3 (Aerodynamic Features for the Complete Vehicle) and WP6 (Demonstration, validation and analyses of feasibility).

Our main focus during the project has been to establish relevant use cases, KPI’s and to conceptualize these and to find new innovations connected to these. Our findings lead us to three different scenarios which we will elaborate on. One for a milk run, one for multimodal transportation and the last one to optimize loaded goods of pallets. These customer use cases, some in close collaboration with other EU-projects such as Cluster 2.0 will given the result also be assessed by TNO and IDIADA in WP6.


Ton Bertens  (
Van Eck Trailers

 Manager  Research and Development, project leader  new developments.A s manager R&D, Ton is responsible to develop new transport solutions. New , special developed, transport solutions always generate   ROI for the customer. This assignment  is fully done by the R&D department. The new solutions are defined, designed  and prototypes build by R&D. In bigger projects Van Eck has played a major role in, not only inventing new  ideas but also realize and test them.


Henning Wittig (

H. Wittig studied Electrical Engineering (Automation and Control) at Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany.

Since November 2007, he has been a Research Associate with the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (IVI),Dresden, Germany. His research activities are in the area of modelling and simulation of energy storage systems and system integration of (hybrid) electric powertrains


Paul Mentink (

Working as medior research scientist powertrains at the Powertrains department at TNO (Netherlands) and my role in the AEROFLEX project is Technical Lead. Our main project activities are: 1) Support development of distributed powertrains by Vehicle-in-the-Loop testing  (WP2), 2) support IDIADA in the analysis of the fuel consumption and drag measurement data (WP6), 3) conducting the final technical assessment for the different use-case with/without AEROFLEX innovations (WP6) and 4) finally contributing the Book-of-Recommendation (WP7).


Gertjan Koornneef ( )

Ir. Gertjan Koornneef (M) has a BSc degree in Automotive Engineering and a MSc degree in Technology Management. The first 11 years of his career Gertjan worked as diesel engine test and development engineer at DAF Trucks N.V. in Eindhoven. Gertjan joined TNO in 2007 as project manager and started leading the Powertrain Test Centre and Electrified Vehicle team. After that, he decided to lead projects related to alternative energy carriers for transport in the governmental domain instead of automotive domain. Currently Gertjan is senior project manager in the Powertrains department, leading projects in the area of efficient long-haul transport and electric busses and heavy distribution trucks. He is leading both national and European projects, B2B and mixed funding research projects.

In the AEROFLEX project, Gertjan is project manager for TNO and deputy work package leader in the WP6 “demonstration and impact assessment”. One of the key responsibilities of TNO is to develop an impact assessment framework, closely linked to both test results and realistic end customer use cases. Using this framework, the evaluation of results versus project goals and the impact assessment of the developed vehicle configurations and innovations will be carried out early 2021. The assessment will focus on transport efficiency, CO2 savings and cost-benefit. With in-house developed modeling tools, TNO is able to closely mimic the missions carried out by logistic service providers and transport companies, such that results will be recognizable and usable for a big group of stakeholders.


Andreas Lischke (

Andreas is working as research associate at the department commercial transport of DLR – German Aerospace Centre, Institute of Transport Research. He is the head of group innovation and transport systems in freight. He is an expert in alternative fuels and drive trains for commercial vehicles with the scope of user requirements e.g. range, payload, cost parameters. Andreas is the WP leader of ‘Map and quantify load in EU and potential for configurable truck’ and is supported by TML, MAN and VOLVO.


Marta Tobar (
IDIADA Automotive Technologies S.A

Marta Tobar is the R&D Responsible of the Homologation Commercial Vehicle Department. She is an Industrial engineer who joined IDIADA in 2013. As R&D responsible of the Homologation Commercial vehicles department, she has participated in European and National projects related to autonomous driving (ENSEMBLE, HEADSTART, ARCADE and SHOW) and fuel saving development and emissions such as LNG Blue Corridors, COLHD and AEROFLEX. She is the project Coordinator of H2020 PIONEERS project which aims to reduce fatalities and severity of injuries for Powered Two Wheelers. In addition, she has been the Project Manager of the TENDER “Bodies and trailers – development of CO2 emissions determination procedure” and currently is the PM for the TENDER “Support preparation of legislation on trailers certification” both related to VECTO.


Karel Kural (
HAN University of Applied Sciences

Karel Kural received the M.Sc. degree from Czech Technical University in Prague, and Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. He is a Senior Research Lead at Engineering & Automotive Academy, HAN University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. His current research field is sustainable road freight transport, vehicle dynamics and control of vehicle combinations, and the driver support systems. He is author of a number of successful research project proposals in both national and international level. In AEROFLEX Project he is responsible for the assessment of vehicle dynamics performance and mainly the work on intelligent access policy.

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Activities performed in the frame of SENSE “Accelerating the Path Towards the Physical Internet”. The SENSE project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 769967.

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