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2011-07-08
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General Motors, Ford, and BMW test thermoelectric devices that recapture energy lost in car exhaust.
2011-03-11
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Automobiles traditionally have been assembled using either unitized or body-on-frame construction. Uni-Chassis from Theodore & Associates provides an alternative by connecting stressed front and rear powertrain/suspension structures to a rigid backbone, eliminating the frame. The proof-of-concept chassis will be displayed for the first time at the SAE 2011 World Congress in Detroit.
2014-09-16
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Steel, aluminum, and plastics are vying for additional assignments as automakers look for ways to lightweight vehicles to meet the U.S. government's 2025-mandated 54.5-mpg fleet average.
2014-03-13
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Out of the nearly 1500 technical papers being presented this year at the SAE 2014 World Congress & Exhibition, about 200 of them will focus on materials, and from a wide range of angles. In all, there will be 38 technical sessions with an emphasis on materials.
2012-12-19
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Daimler's decision to halt use of the new refrigerant on safety concerns leads to a product defense by joint-venture suppliers Honeywell and DuPont, citing SAE studies and their own tests. Although GM is the only U.S. maker with R-1234yf cars, Ford also backs the refrigerant's use.
2012-05-16
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Increasing manufacturing scale is critical in getting lithium-ion battery costs down; it will not be nearly enough to reach the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium target of $150/kW·h by 2020.
2014-10-20
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Automakers are racing to cut the cost of lightweight materials that help boost fuel efficiency. In this week's SAE Eye on Engineering, Senior Editor Lindsay Brooke looks at the U.S. and German automakers' push for low-cost carbon fiber.
2012-09-24
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Ford is using hydroformed steel tubes, in DP1000 alloy, for the B-pillar and A-pillar roof rail in the new Fusion sedan. Engineers say the benefits are numerous vs. using hot-stamped, welded sheet.
2014-11-18
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"Craft shop" approach of low-volume, all-aluminum, high-end makes is too restrictive for America's best-selling vehicle. SEMA Show training classes by I-CAR demonstrate special techniques necessary and the learning curve for mainstream body shop technicians.
2014-12-23
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Plastic composite parts outnumber bio-based material vehicle applications, but "green" projects are making inroads by overcoming various hurdles.
2016-01-05
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Corning's new glazing material delivers more than five times the strength, pound for pound, of conventional auto glass while offering significant mass reduction and improved optics.
2013-07-19
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One example is a two-part prototype hood developed by Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) that has a low-mass SMC outer face and a strong carbon-fiber-reinforced SMC inner panel.
2015-12-04
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A lightweight composite material shaped by a unique assembly technique forms a grille opening reinforcement designed specifically for the high-performance 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang.
2014-06-17
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Industry experts at Hyundai and Ford address the opportunities and challenges involved with moving toward composite-intensive vehicles. The Ford Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle project, a collaboration with the U.S. DOE and Vehma International, illustrates the automaker's efforts to move toward lighter-weight materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum, and advanced high-strength steels.
2014-11-13
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A Ford safety application took the grand prize at the 2014 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Innovation Awards gala on November 12 in Livonia, MI.
2014-01-08
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With the world's first pickup featuring an all-aluminum body and cargo box and full LED lighting, Ford leapfrogs its domestic and Japanese competition in the highly profitable full-size truck segment. The structures feature 5xxx- and 6xxx-series alloy sheet, the latter with a T4 temper.
2009-07-08
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An innovative multistep molding process leads to a lower-cost but upscale look for inner door panels and on the dashboard of the 2010 Ford Taurus. Even viewed close-up, or by running fingers over the "stitches," it appears to be real needle-and-thread work.
2013-01-25
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The Taurus/Explorer front-drive platform with all-wheel drive and V6 engines has replaced the iconic police car: the rear-drive Crown Victoria with 4.6-L V8. Sedan and utility vehicle versions are offered, with many police-specific changes, although powertrains are virtually the same as civilian models.
2009-09-14
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Recent government grants should help the U.S. build a lithium-ion production infrastructure, but it will not happen without a lot of design effort.
2014-03-24
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A sophomore nabbed the top spot in a steel wheels competition focused on eye-appealing, lightweight-structure concept renderings from Lawrence Technological University design students. The 2014 competition required student designers to use the engineering results from the Steel Market Development Institute’s Lightweight Steel Wheel Project.
2015-01-15
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The GT will be produced as a production street car and will also serve as a new GT-class racecar platform for Ford's 2016 return to the 24 Hours of LeMans. The automaker also debuted new editions of the Raptor high-performance pickup and an R version of the recently introduced Shelby Mustang GT350.
2009-11-04
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2010 Taurus SHO doors feature spray polyurethane skins that mimic hand-wrapped leather down to the surface, stitching, and draping details.
2012-02-13
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For the industry to truly leverage high-volume production in order to lower battery costs, it needs to reduce the proliferation of different battery cell types and configurations. Don't expect that to happen any time soon.
2013-08-30
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Ford engineers and university research partners are exploring adsorption-based thermal batteries that could provide power for HVAC systems and lessen the load on battery packs, allowing electric vehicles to travel farther.
2016-05-24
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Mazda's new flagship SUV sheds significant weight with a high-strength steel intensive body structure, while introducing a new turbocharged 4-cylinder and improved interior.
2013-07-10
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Engineers and other specialists at Ford of Europe’s Aachen, Germany, Advanced Technology Center are concentrating on what materials and powertrains will be needed—and which will be feasible—for the vehicles of the 2020s and 2030s.
2010-02-17
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The patented Plasma Transfer Wire Arc process has been widely used in aerospace turbines. It offers significant mass savings.
2009-07-14
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A new seating system debuting in the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan is eco-complimentary, lightweight, and helps to cool the vehicle's hybrid battery.
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