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2017-09-19
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Materion Corp.'s real world testing of new piston ring technology to help reduce downsized engines' emissions enters new phase.
2008-08-12
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Where there’s a wheel, there could be a way toward a quick and relatively easy reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
2010-12-06
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Nexteer Automotive has developed a lightweight, flexible plastic coupling as an alternative to steel for electric power steering (EPS) systems.
2016-10-31
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Despite rumors of an acquisition by Apple, McLaren is racing ahead on £1B in self-funded R&D and an ambitious plan to develop an electric supercar worthy of the name.
2012-06-18
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Dr. Olaf Köhler, Head of Audi Lightweight Design, said of the new A3: “At Audi, reducing weight is a mindset and a core competence. We look at every gram, and the new car is 80 kg lighter than its predecessor. It was a huge challenge.” The company gave AEI access to its design and quality development inner sanctum (usually a no-go area for the media) at Ingolstadt to reveal what the company is doing to reach its new compact car targets.
2009-06-01
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Automotive companies that want to create technology demonstrators to showcase their capabilities usually base them on four wheels and either a high-performance (or highly fuel efficient) powertrain. But John Bailey, Managing Director of racecar electronics’ specialist Beru F1 Systems, decided to use only two wheels.
2008-06-30
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Operating helicopters in very difficult climatic conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan can result in the need to replace rotor blades after only 400 flying hours’ time because sand, grit, and gravel have such a severe abrasive effect. To improve the operating life span of the BERP III blades fitted to AgustaWestland Lynx helicopters, the type operated in both countries by British Forces, 3M has developed a protective polyurethane coating.
2014-09-23
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Mercedes-Benz is replacing aluminum pistons with a new generation of high-strength steel in some of its car diesel engines.
2008-09-03
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BERU f1systems has opened a new composites facility that will offer motorsport companies a high-temperature, high-pressure autoclave to develop advanced, complex, and high-quality prototype and production composite components.
2011-04-19
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Johnson Controls' lightweight rear-seat system joins the two materials using new adhesive bonding technology.
2012-01-30
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University of Stuttgart Institute researches new processes for laser cutting of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRPs).
2008-04-24
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Packaging heat-sensitive components in an underhood environment can be a challenge for design engineers. Specialist coating company Zircotec has just conducted what it terms “independent testing by one of the U.K.’s leading test and development centers” to confirm that the use of advanced flame-sprayed ceramic coatings can reduce heat transfer by up to 26.7%.
2010-01-06
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Working with PSA Peugeot Citroën, engineered plastic foams specialist JSP has revealed a solution that not only improves crash test performance but also saves weight. Using ARPRO expanded polypropylene (EPP) for the rear-seat structure of Citroën’s new-generation C3 has provided a 2.2-kg (4.9-lb) savings.
2017-04-17
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Audi reveals details of the structural technology of its upcoming A8 as Audi and Porsche Chairmen pledge closer co-operation.
2015-04-10
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A new tool to precisely simulate the thermal processes in Lanxess’s weight-saving Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite was announced by the company at the recent Plastics in Automotive Engineering conference at Mannheim, Germany.
2011-12-20
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The patent-protected technology features a twin-wire arc-sprayed coating that produces a “perfectly smooth” cylinder barrel, cutting friction losses by up to 50% on the V6 diesel while helping to reduce engine mass.
2017-08-22
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At the 2017 IAA, Federal-Mogul Powertrain plans to reveal HTC and TIM solutions to keep engine valves cooler via significant heat transfer.
2011-01-19
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Trelleborg uses water injection technology for its hybrid brake pedal, cutting weight by between 30% and 50% compared to a conventional metal pedal.
2008-10-24
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Claims of "firsts" come thick and fast in the auto industry, and now there is a new one for series production cars: a weight-saving oil-pan module made from a thermoplastic polymer—"for the first time in automotive history," according to DuPont. Mercedes-Benz is fitting the polymer oil pan to its new 2.2-L diesel engine.
2009-08-20
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Bayer MaterialScience is confident that the automotive market for polycarbonate glazing is set to grow rapidly. Applications include panoramic and lamella roofs and fixed side windows, but these are likely to expand and look set to include rear windshields.
2008-11-26
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Reducing noise and saving weight are often conflicting elements when engineering a new car, but JSP has developed a new form of its ARPRO sound-absorption material claimed to enable noise-reduction levels up to 10 times that of regular ARPRO.
2009-12-03
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The auto industry’s weight-saving campaign is set to move into a new phase at Bayer MaterialScience. Already one of the world’s leading producers of carbon nanotubes, Bayer is confident that it is ideally positioned to help the auto industry meet ever more stringent environmental and energy legislation.
2015-07-23
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Based in Frankfurt, Pierre Juan manages sales and technical teams across 19 countries as the Global Automotive Vice President at Styrolution. The company describes itself as the leading global styrenics supplier. He discusses the future of plastics in the automotive industry, including opportunities and challenges.
2009-05-08
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With Europe's regulations on vehicle recycling tightening in 2015, suppliers are playing a key role. Since efficient recycling of nonmetallic parts will be necessary, JSP commissioned an independent life-cycle assessment of its ARPRO expanded polypropylene.
2014-11-03
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PSA Peugeot Citroën worked with chemical company BASF and Swiss company Rehau on the development of the Citroën Cactus’s UV-stable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) exterior detailing.
2009-03-11
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A thermal barrier ceramic coating used on a Honda Civic racecar has allowed the T.J.H. Motorsport team to realize the true capacity of its gas tank, helpi­ng it achieve a best-ever sixth place in the recent Britcar 24-h race. Using Zircotec’s exhaust coating enabled the car to take on an extra 16 L (4.2 gal) of fuel per stop in the Britcar event.
2012-04-18
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Automotive seat specialist Johnson Controls is entering into what it plans to be a long-term cooperation agreement with the German Fraunhofer Research Institution for Polymeric Materials and Composites (PYCO).
2008-07-08
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Nissan Motor Manufacturing in Europe is replacing some metal underhood components with high-performance polymers. It is using DuPont’s Minlon and Zytel products for the rocker cover and front cover of its 2.5-L turbodiesel engine.
2012-12-21
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The message at the core of a report conducted for Lanxess is that OEMs and tire companies need to combine R&D targets with specialized synthetic rubber manufacturers. Improved grades such as styrene-butadiene rubber (SSBR) will be central to plans for lower-rolling-resistance tires moving forward.
2012-07-16
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The U.K. specialist's Nanodrive low-friction synthetic lubricants containing nanoparticles could make the crossover from track to road car applications with fuel-saving potential.
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