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2008-03-31
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The UltraView roof for the new Cadillac CTS (pictured), designed by Cadillac and Webasto Roof Systems, is one of the largest of its kind in a sedan—almost 70% of the car’s roof is glass that allows in natural sunlight for both front- and rear-seat passengers.
2008-03-31
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AlSiC (aluminum silicon carbide) is a metal matrix composite from CPS that is suited for base plates material for insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) used in high-power traction, power control, hybrid-electric vehicle power systems, and fly-by-wire applications.
2010-04-20
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Ceradyne Inc., in conjunction with Turner Strategic Technologies LLC, has been awarded a contract for the supply and installation of protective armor for the command station of nine new 35-m (115-ft) patrol vessels being manufactured for the Iraqi Navy by Swiftships.
2009-12-10
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Honeywell is building a technology center in Gurgaon, India, to expand its global research capabilities in refining, petrochemical, and other technologies to better serve customers in the region. The company will invest $34 million to establish the 400,000-ft² center at an existing Honeywell-owned property.
2008-06-18
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Visteon and 3M team up to produce a demonstration concept showing what is possible today and tomorrow in vehicle interiors.
2008-03-31
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Silastic 100% fluoro liquid silicone rubber (F-LSR) from Dow Corning is a fully fluorinated two-part injection moldable elastomer designed to meet increasingly stringent automotive engine temperature, fuel, and oil-resistance specifications while improving environmental sustainability during manufacturing.
2008-06-30
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It is not uncommon for engineers to develop a new compound for maintenance or manufacturing purposes, but then find that they cannot control processes well enough to produce large enough batches to make it cost-effective. That was the case recently when the U.S. Air Force (USAF) developed a replacement material for tape around access panels on the B-2 bomber.
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.
2011-02-05
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Federal-Mogul's latest evolution of pistons, cylinder liners, and bearings are stronger and more durable than ever, making the new designs capable of handling the increased cylinder pressures and thermal loads produced by highly boosted heavy-duty diesel engines.
2008-06-30
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The family of Parylene conformal coatings (N, C, and D) has been used as a rugged, reliable protection solution for a wide range of aerospace applications for more than 35 years. However, while these standard formulations still meet the coating requirements of most applications, some of the leading-edge technology in aerospace devices often need a little more.
2008-08-07
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Jeep's stylish diesel-electric concept features simplified fabrication and assembly and no wiring, making it easy to recycle.
2008-05-09
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Body panels on two different sports cars make a flashy styling statement for non-metal materials. Plasan provides the carbon-fiber panels for the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, while Meridian supplies the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10's SMC hood.
2008-04-25
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The first modern automotive accessory drive belt to operate without a tensioning device is making its debut on the 5.3-L V8 in the 2008 Hummer H3. The ribbed belt is sufficiently “stretchy” to be installed without permanent deformation, yet can maintain the required tension for as long as a conventional belt with a tensioner, while transferring the power required to operate the compressor.
2008-06-19
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KMT Robotic Solutions says its new RoboTrim RT-1002 robotic routing system provides reduced cycle times for trimming thermoformed, injection molded, and rotationally molded parts. Using TrimPro and CamPro CADCAM software, users can create programs offline, build virtual work cells, and simulate and optimize the cycle times of existing cells without building a prototype or bringing the system out of the production line.
2008-06-09
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Yet another application is poised to switch from metal to plastic. Mann+Hummel unveiled a plastic oilpan at April’s SAE World Congress, saying the technology is already designed into a model year 2009 North American vehicle.
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.
2008-06-19
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The designers of a diesel-electric locomotive that Vossloh Locomotives debuted in 2007 reduced the chassis weight by 25% by using high-strength steels. The result is a locomotive that the company says provides better transport economics, more evenly distributed axle loads with lower wear of the rails, and better protection for the driver, due to improved deformation properties in the event of a crash.
2008-06-19
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Composites have replaced metals in a wide range of applications, realizing considerable weight savings as well as associated cost and performance improvements. One factor that can limit the use of composites is their thermal or electrical conductivity properties. In particular, composites based on unidirectional tapes or 2-D laminates are often not suitable in areas where heat is generated.
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%.
2008-06-19
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Inprox Technology and NASA’s Glenn Research Center are developing silicon carbide (SiC)-based position sensors for potential uses in future turbine engine controls, ground-vehicle engine applications, and space flight. SiC electronics are capable of operating at temperatures as extreme as 600°C (1112°F).
2008-06-19
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The trend in the marketplace for molded silicone rubber parts clearly favors the increased use of injectable liquid silicone rubber (LSR) due to its ease of processability, design versatility, excellent quality, and lower system costs. A new class of highly fluorinated LSRs provides added fuel, oil, and solvent resistance for the most demanding mobility applications.
2008-04-25
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Key to the ultimate success of plug-in hybrids, as well as other hybrids and all-electric vehicles, is the battery technology, with lithium-ion batteries garnering much attention from automakers and suppliers, including lesser-known companies working with nanomaterials to enhance performance. One such company is Altair Nanotechnologies, which has developed a nano-lithium titanate (nLTO) spinel material for batteries.
2008-04-25
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Nanostellar uses Rational Catalyst Design, which combines computational nanoscience and advanced synthetic chemistry, to overcome the limitations of materials currently being used in emissions-control technologies. The company determined that the addition of gold to the platinum/palladium alloy used in more recent diesel catalytic converters is beneficial in terms of cost and performance.
2008-04-25
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For the past 30 years, aluminum content per vehicle has grown every year. "I think [in the future] we'll see increased aluminum content in structural chassis parts -- everything from engine cradles to A-pillars, B-pillars, full spaceframes, etc.," said Alcoa's Kevin Kramer. A technology the company is confident will make further inroads is its proprietary Alcoa Vacuum Die Casting.
2008-06-30
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The world’s largest titanium producer, VSMPO-Avisma, has ordered four three-spindle MAG Cincinnati Ti (titanium) profilers for its plant in Verkhnaya Salda, Russia. The three-spindle machines will be used to produce several parts, including large landing gear components, for Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
2008-06-30
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Lockheed Martin is drawing upon its experience in the practical use of advanced metals to make a number of significant improvements to the manufacturability and supportability of its three most important aircraft: the C-130J, F-22, and F-35.
2008-06-19
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With a surface composed of tightly packed nanostructures that resemble tiny nails, thus the term “nanonails,” University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers and their colleagues from Bell Laboratories have created a material that can repel almost any liquid. But with a jolt of electricity, the liquid on the surface slips past the heads of the nanonails and spreads out between their shanks, wetting the surface completely.
2008-06-19
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Arnco’s QuikGel lightweight self-sealing polyurethane liner protects from punctures up to 0.3125 in (8 mm) diameter.
2008-06-19
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The Minuteman ELT Series from Wilson Instruments provides semi and fully automatic versions for Knoop, Vickers, and Rockwell hardness testing.
2008-07-08
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Transportation is a key market for aluminum, consuming nearly a third of aluminum used in manufactured goods. The auto industry has a very good record for recovering material for recycling, retrieving roughly 90% when vehicles end their lifetimes.
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