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2016-01-06
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The $1 billion venture, funded for five years, will focus on autonomous vehicle technologies, artificial intelligence, materials science, robotics, and more.
2012-09-20
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After years in lithium-ion battery development—and fed up over material costs that remain punishingly high—Subash Dhar decided the original automotive battery chemistry still has big potential for hybrid vehicles.
2011-01-10
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Argonne National Laboratory licensed a patented layered/layered composite cathode material to GM and Korean battery supplier LG Chem for development of next-generation Li-ion battery cells for electrified vehicles. The technology can extend a battery’s energy density by a factor of two.
2015-04-01
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GM's all-new premium flagship sedan is about 200 lb (91 kg) lighter than the BMW 5 Series but offers the interior volume of the short-wheelbase 7 Series, thanks to what is arguably the industry’s most aggressive combination of lightweight materials, forming technologies, and new joining methods in a non-exotic sedan.
2011-04-13
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Dr. Prakash Sathe was named an SAE Fellow, and Dr. Nadir Yilmaz earned the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, in ceremonies during the 2011 World Congress.
2011-12-08
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General Motors patented the ferritic-nitro carburizing (FNC) process and will apply it to 80% of its U.S. production brake rotors by 2016. Shiny, hard-wearing rotors are the result.
2012-11-13
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General Motors' new all-polyolefin, soft-skin, contour-stitched full instrument panel (IP) system in the 2013 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia captured both the Body Interior award and the prestigious Grand Award at the 2012 SPE awards gala Nov. 7. But four of the nine SPE award finalists were Ford products.
2016-07-26
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As President and CEO of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, Dr. Baron and his research teams are engaged with technology issues across a broad front, but even a brief conversation with him reveals his deep passion for plants, advanced processes and materials. Get him talking about Lightweighting and he won’t stop.
2016-07-17
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The material—hot deformed neodymium—is being used first in a new permanent-magnet traction motor powering Honda’s 2017 Freed Sport Hybrid compact minivan. Significantly, the material is not a “heavy” rare-earth metal, one that requires “doping” with dysprosium or terium rare earths to achieve high heat-resistance characteristics.
2012-01-09
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The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact sport sedan is claimed to be the most mass-efficient car in its class, thanks to GM's new lightweight Alpha body structure.
2017-07-14
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Designed in Japan with exterior surfacing finalized at Honda’s California studio, the 2018 Accord is up to 176 lb (89 kg) lighter than the outgoing model, depending on trim level. Key technical features include two new turbocharged gasoline engines, the first use of a 10-speed automatic transaxle (Honda’s own 10AT) in front-drive sedan, and the return to the low-cowl/thin pillar body architecture.
2017-02-07
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Still riding on a separate hydroformed-steel ladder frame (itself redesigned and CAE-optimized for greater strength and lower mass), the new eight-passenger SUV sheds up to 300 lb (136 kg) compared with the incumbent model. The mass reduction enabled Ford engineers to move to a powertrain format using only the 3.5-L turbocharged V6 with auto stop-start and 10R80 10-speed automatic.
2010-07-19
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By committing to a carbon-fiber body for its 2013 MegaCity electric vehicle, BMW is driving design, process, and materials technologies that will help push the strong, lightweight composite closer to the automotive mainstream, according to an expert in lightweight material applications.
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.
2011-11-15
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The cathode is the "energy-carrying heart" of the lithium-ion battery, according to Umicore's Tom Van Billinghen, and rethinking its materials and design is key to helping to reduce Li-ion battery costs.
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.
2008-03-31
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While traditional paint still dominates automotive-exterior coatings, paint film is steadily replacing it on those surfaces that must deliver high wear resistance. Made by Soliant and competitors including Avery-Denison, Decoma, and Mayco-Schulman, paint film is an ultra-thin painted elastic film that is bonded to plastic parts (in a variety of substrate types) during their molding.
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.
2013-02-13
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Developed in-house, GM's use of shape-memory alloy (SMA) wire replaces a motorized actuator and saves about 1.1 lb. The automaker has identified up to 200 motorized movable parts on a typical vehicle that could be replaced by SMAs, leading to significant mass savings.
2012-03-12
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Q&A with Carla Bailo, Senior VP of Research & Development for Nissan Americas, which has a booming book of business in new vehicle development and fuel-cell core research, among other work.
2011-11-17
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“We expect increases in raw material prices—there will be no relaxation in the future,” warned Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart, a partner with strategy consultants Roland Berger.
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.
2012-09-24
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The process centers on a new electrode-tip design. It will enable GM’s global body shops to spot-weld virtually any combination of aluminum sheet, extrusions, and castings at higher production rates than are currently used in automotive aluminum-structures manufacturing.
2011-11-15
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SHANGHAI, CHINA—Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15, 2011—“Me-chem-tronics” is the convergence of mechanical, chemical, and electrical/electronics engineering skills that are defining automotive product development jobs now and in the future, due to new vehicle designs, powertrains, and materials.
2011-11-17
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The global auto industry uses more than 80% of the world’s dysprosium, the total annual production of which is about 1000 t (1100 ton)—“and it’s all mined in Szechuan, China,” said SAE International E-Motors Symposium speaker Jack Lifton, Founding Principal of Technology Metals Research.
2012-06-04
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The Hybrid Liner is comprised of a conventional cast-iron sleeve that is coated on the exterior surface with an aluminum material, using a proprietary Federal-Mogul process.
2013-01-14
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The C7, which enters production in 3Q13, boasts an all-new aluminum chassis/passenger cell structure that is 57% stiffer in torsion and 99 lb (45 kg) lighter than the previous C6 steel-and-aluminum structure.
2008-03-31
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The Society of Plastics Engineers’ 37th annual Automotive Innovation Awards are the Oscars of the automotive plastics business. The competition for 2007 was “especially intense,” noted program chair Brian Gosser, Automotive Business Manager for Samsung Chemical USA. As in years past, AEI was honored to participate on the Blue-Ribbon judging panel.
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.
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