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2008-10-18
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Euro NCAP is to tighten its testing procedure for 2009.
2008-09-04
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Production of Delphi’s Direct Acting Diesel Common Rail (DADCR) system has started, following a five-year development program in France, Luxembourg, and the UK. The system incorporates direct-acting piezo injectors—claimed by the company as a "world first" that can operate at pressures up to 2000 bar (29 ksi) and will help meet Euro 6 emissions standards.
2008-10-31
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Designing a city car that meets a spread of criteria from frugality to safety, and low emissions to practicality, has spawned many theoretical and some practical solutions over the past two decades in Europe, notably the smart from Daimler.
2008-04-11
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At the center of the powertrain technology warfare that rages across most of the automotive industry, technology provider Ricardo continues to optimize the gasoline and diesel engine and the hybridization of both. The company is also assessing some novel solutions, and is considering the impact of legislation on global markets and emerging consumer tastes to identify a range of technologies that it needs to develop and have ready.
2008-06-19
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Cleaning paint fixtures is an important but often time-consuming aspect of the vehicle manufacturing process. KMT Robotic Solutions has launched a robotic cleaning system to remove excess paint on trolleys that transport parts to and from the paint shop, with the goal of reducing the possibility of fire when trolleys are in paint ovens.
2008-04-11
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Sound-reproduction specialist and Jaguar supplier Bowers & Wilkins has developed a new rear-of-speaker spiral diffuser designed to improve sound-system performance in cars and trucks. The first production system will be used in Jaguar's XF.
2008-06-05
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BMW continues to plan further developments of its Mini brand and has announced that a sports activity vehicle (SAV) version will be built by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria.
2008-06-19
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The Antarctic is as off-highway as off-highway gets. The coldest, driest, and windiest continent on Earth, 98% of its area is covered in ice to an average thickness of 1.6 km (1 mi). With limited maintenance facilities in Antarctica and the nearest workshop thousands of miles away, it is essential that maintenance requirements be kept to a minimum.
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.
2008-06-30
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The need to develop alternative fuels for all transport systems is becoming increasingly important, and Airbus is taking part in the French CALIN (Carburant Alternatifs et Systèmes d’Injection Innovants) research project. Launched in July 2007, it is scheduled to continue for another 20 months. In CALIN, Airbus is working with major research institutions including ONERA, IFP, and CNRS, and with industry partner Safran.
2008-07-09
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At the annual Bibendum Challenge, the Logan Renault eco² concept covered a 172.2-km test route in China on 4.69 L of diesel fuel for an average consumption of 2.72 L/100 km, complemented by carbon dioxide emissions of 71 g/km.
2008-04-09
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Maserati has long held a special place within the rarefied world of high-performance premium brands. The company’s latest model, the four-seat GranTurismo (GT) now entering production, continues that position.
2008-06-30
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Smart sensors have a very significant role in aerospace, particularly when they can quickly detect potentially serious damage to a structure. Their increasing sophistication and reliability is expected to contribute to huge savings in maintenance, servicing, and support costs, all of which are central to the successful operation of aircraft that may have service lives that span decades.
2008-06-30
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Commercial aircraft livery is an important part of marketing as well as providing protection for the structure of an aircraft. Akzo Nobel Aerospace Coatings (ANAC) has established a new facility to provide guided color expertise to livery and help operators create airline liveries more quickly.
2008-06-30
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Very large aircraft do not necessarily have to impose high noise levels on the environment, a fact that has been demonstrated by the Airbus A380’s appearance at international air shows and during its world tours. Now, Airbus is claiming its A380 as the quietest long-range aircraft in service. The aircraft has received external noise levels validation from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. FAA.
2008-06-30
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Alenia Aeronautica had the first flight of its new-generation Sky-Y UAV in 2007. A particularly important aspect of its development program concerns verification of the use of the engine and of its carbon-fiber structure. It is Alenia’s first in the MALE (medium-altitude, long-endurance) category to be conceived, designed, and built in less than a year.
2008-06-10
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As pressure mounts on OEMs and suppliers to develop more practical and longer range electric vehicles, Volkswagen has announced that it is to work with Sanyo on high-performance energy-storage systems.
2008-06-10
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The pace of research into low-carbon technology is growing, with significant financial inputs by governments. In the U.K., sixteen low-carbon vehicle-development projects are being funded by the Government's Technology Strategy Board.
2008-06-09
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Work by the Innovatial project, which is supported by the European Commission through the Sixth Framework Program for Research and Development, involves 24 high-profile European partners in the automotive and aerospace sectors focused on developing innovative processes and materials for components such as diesel injection.
2008-06-10
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PSA’s R&D Director, Pascal Henault, talks about super-efficient new powertrains in development, and the challenge of an OEM doing niche vehicles.
2008-06-09
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“World firsts” are rife in the automotive industry and BMW M has come up with another, claiming the accolade for its new seven-speed double-clutch gearbox (M DCT) with Drivelogic control.
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%.
2008-08-06
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Testing is not just about proving or improving vehicle mechanical integrity and capability. It is also about saving money for OEMs and suppliers. A significant example of that is the outcome of the initial program for SUV crash testing using a newly designed “dipping sled” system at the Millbrook research and development facility in the U.K.
2008-05-13
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The partnership with Naim Audio has resulted in what the duo claims is the world’s most powerful in-car production amplifier, at 1100 W, combined with a “state-of-the-art” speaker system.
2008-06-30
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Cleaning up the skies by developing a broad span of new green technologies is a massive, challenging, and fascinating opportunity for the aerospace industry. But that is the aim of the Clean Sky European joint technology initiative (JTI), which gets under way this year and is set to become one of the European industry’s largest projects ever.
2008-06-30
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If mandatory safety systems fail, they can cause significant disruption to an airline with subsequent repair costs, loss of revenue, and possibly loss of customer confidence. To avoid this, maintenance generally has to be rigorous—but there are exceptions and STG Aerospace’s SafTGlo photoluminescent (PL) floorpath marking system is one of them.
2008-06-30
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Bosch Rexroth is supplying the hydraulic systems to operate the 16 platforms required for two wing jigs for the Airbus A400M multi-role military transport. The aircraft’s wing boxes are 23 m long and 4 m wide, and each has a mass of 3 t. They are believed to be the largest carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic composite wings ever made.
2008-06-30
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The design and development of more fuel-efficient and lower-emissions aircraft that can still meet commercial criteria, offer longer range, and provide more in-flight services including wireless Internet, video, and telephony services is an enduring requirement for airliner programs. To help achieve this, a new software application to support the design and validation of fiber-optic cable harnesses has been announced by Trace Technologies.
2008-08-06
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PSA Peugeot Citroën is starting to develop a new family of 1.0-L three-cylinder petrol engines with relatively high specific power output of about 50 to 75 kW (67 to 101 hp) and the potential to achieve carbon dioxide emissions below 100 g/km without the need for additional technology.
2008-06-30
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Meeting safety requirements in all aspects of aerospace production and engineering demands high levels of expertise. Now, specialist technology company 3M has developed what it believes to be the world’s first two-part structural epoxy adhesive to meet aerospace fire, smoke, and toxicity (FST) standards (when tested stand-alone) without the need for additional treatments or surface coatings.
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