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2016-04-12
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2016-04-12
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2016-04-12
Event
The Mobility History Committee has as its mission to link the lessons of the past to the present and, with such an understanding, to support the platform for future developments. We are inviting the submission of papers (for oral presentation and/or publication) on the people or technologies which have had particular influence on the direction of automotive development, and which will therefore have special relevance and interest for today's SAE-engineering community.
2016-04-12
Event
2016-04-05
Technical Paper
2016-01-0175
Edward G. Groff
Spark-ignition direct-injection technology existed since about 1930 for the primary purpose to give multifuel capability over what the compression-ignited diesel engine could provide. In subsequent decades development of multifuel engines continued both as higher-compression-ratio “spark-ignited diesel” and moderate-compression-ratio stratified-charge engines. Global events in the 1960-1970’s, namely the oil embargo, oil-supply crises, and the passage of the U.S. Clean Air Act intensified interest in such engines. The military and large commercial fleet operators were particularly focused on efficiency and multifuel capability over concerns for fuel supplies. Automobile manufacturers were focused on gasoline-fueled efficiency and the potential to reduce engine-out legislated NOx emissions with the stratified-charged combustion systems.
2016-04-05
Technical Paper
2016-01-0177
Edward G. Groff
During the late 1980's and early 1990's the two-stroke-cycle engine was an extremely popular and highly publicized automotive powertrain technology globally. Active development programs existed at many OEMs during that period, including GM, where the author was involved, and production seemed eminent. Autoweek stated on the cover of its March 12, 1990 issue, "Revolution for the millennium or Wankel of the '90s?" This paper covers the new technologies that led to the generation of so much excitement in the industry and press, the advantages and disadvantages of the engine concept, R&D tools developed at that time that are still in use today, and various engine concepts pursued in the industry. The story is not only interesting from engineering and technology perspectives but illustrates how innovations in certain subsystems become enablers to revive a system technology by eliminating issues that prevented it from making it to production in the past.
2016-04-05
Technical Paper
2016-01-0176
Joseph M. Colucci
This paper summarizes the history and most significant accomplishments of the GMR-GMR&D Fuels and Lubricants Department from its predecessor organization starting about 100 years ago to its demise during a reorganization in the late 1990s. It covers: • Combustion research to improve engine efficiency and reduce emissions, • Development of chemical, bench, engine, and vehicle tests to improve fuel and lubricant quality, • Development of technology to reduce vehicle emissions, • Research to understand and reduce air pollution, and • Evaluation of alternative fuels and lubricants. In total, the above activities helped not only GM and the worldwide auto industry, but also society. They improved the operation of vehicles and the quality of the air in the United States and around the globe, favorably affecting the lives of hundreds of millions of people. They also created the recognition of and the reputation of the Fuels and Lubricants Department as the best of its kind in the world.
2015-09-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2487
Dara Childs
Abstract Rotordynamics developed from the beginning of the 20th century to deal with problems associated with steam turbines. This paper deals with intense developments starting around 1975 through 2000 in rotordynamics to deal with new, larger machines running at higher speeds and higher power levels. Most of the new problems of interest dealt with subsynchronous instabilities. Issues associated with “synchromnously unstable” motion due to the Morton Effect is also reviewed.
2015-09-15
Technical Paper
2015-01-2580
David Lednicer
Abstract During the 1930s and 1940s, aircraft designers worked on developing novel design features. Some of these features worked and are commonplace today. Other features fell by the wayside and have been forgotten. These novel design features include laminar flow wings, low-drag cooling systems, buried propulsion systems, canard configurations, jet engines, break-away wing tips, pressure cabins and swept wings. The development and applications of these features will be examined. Specific technical details of these applications will be included in this examination. For the design features that fell by the wayside, the reasons for this outcome will be discussed
2015-09-15
Journal Article
2015-01-2581
Scott Eberhardt
Abstract World War 1 began with the airplane as a frail, unarmed means of observing enemy troop movements and ended with the airplane as a powerful, much more evolved weapon of war. There were specialized roles for fighter, bomber and ground attack aircraft as well as newly developed aerial strategies and tactics for operational effectiveness. Many aircraft design technologies greatly matured during the war. Four will be the subject of this paper: Drag reduction, aircraft handling qualities, stability and control, airfoil design technology, and structures design technology. Propulsion and armament also matured greatly but are not discussed in the paper. The discussion of drag reduction will illustrate the innovations of the British on external wire bracing drag, the French on cowl design and the Germans on cantilevered wings and induced drag.
2015-09-15
Journal Article
2015-01-2581.01
Paul Dees, Scott Eberhardt
The original paper published mistakenly did not include Paul Dees, Boeing in the author listing.
2015-06-24
Event
Frequency analysis is often referred to as Fourier analysis but is that really true? The foundation is based on stationary and "Fourier signals." What happens if that is not the case? Modern FFT signal analyzers use very sparse sampling that is correct according to Shannon but what will happen when using time domain analysis. Many of the myths and frequent questions will be answered using a "user perspective" and rules of thumb will be given together with good methods to avoid large errors.
2015-04-21
Event
The SAE Mobility History Committee will present a series of talks on April 21st relating to several areas of current technological activity. The series will include talks on the history of lightweighting as it relates to improved fuel economy and the history of the transition of guided vehicles from guided highways to fully autonomous vehicles. The talks will also include a presentation on the history of the Indianapolis 500; a history of the British rochdale automobile; a history of the activities of Porsche during WW2; and a biography of Zora arkus-Dontov, the legend behind the modern day corvette.
2015-04-21
Event
The SAE Mobility History Committee will present a series of talks on April 21st relating to several areas of current technological activity. The series will include talks on the history of lightweighting as it relates to improved fuel economy and the history of the transition of guided vehicles from guided highways to fully autonomous vehicles. The talks will also include a presentation on the history of the Indianapolis 500; a history of the British rochdale automobile; a history of the activities of Porsche during WWII; and a biography of Zora arkus-Dontov, the legend behind the modern day corvette.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0416
Howard Evans
Abstract This paper summarises the history of Rochdale Motor Panels and Engineering Ltd. (RMP), established in England after the Second World War, from its origins as a small car-repair business though to the manufacture of sports coupés utilising an innovative glass-fibre monocoque construction. The political climate which caused RMP and similar undertakings to develop and flourish in the 1950s and 60s is explained together with details of the three men who had the defining influence on the cars that were created. Products, including aluminium-bodied cars, produced primarily for racing, are described, leading into the introduction of glass-fibre construction which enabled a profitable transition into higher volume body and chassis manufacture, and ultimately completely assembled cars.
2015-04-14
Technical Paper
2015-01-0972
Alexander Pawlowski, Derek Splitter
Abstract It is well known that spark ignited engine performance and efficiency is closely coupled to fuel octane number. The present work combines historical and recent trends in spark ignition engines to build a database of engine design, performance, and fuel octane requirements over the past 80 years. The database consists of engine compression ratio, required fuel octane number, peak mean effective pressure, specific output, and combined unadjusted fuel economy for passenger vehicles and light trucks. Recent trends in engine performance, efficiency, and fuel octane number requirement were used to develop correlations of fuel octane number utilization, performance, specific output. The results show that historically, engine compression ratio and specific output have been strongly coupled to fuel octane number.
2015-02-25
Video
By highlighting the legacy of innovation at Boeing, this video showcases the passion of Boeing people and the remarkable products they continue to build everyday.
2014-11-24
Book
Gijs Mom
This book covers one and a quarter century of the automobile, conceived as a cultural history of its technology, aimed at engineering students and all those who wish to have a concise introduction into the basics of automotive technology and its long-term development . Its approach is systemic and includes the behavior of drivers, producers, nonusers, victims, and other "stakeholders" as well as the discourse around mobility. Nowadays, students of innovation prefer the term co-evolution, emphasizing the parallel and mutually dependent development of technology and society. This acknowledges the importance of contingency and of the impact of the past upon the present, the very reason why The Evolution of Automotive Technology: A Handbook looks at car technology from a long-term perspective. Often we will conclude that the innovation was in the (re)arrangement of existing technologies. Since its beginnings, car manufacturers have brought a total of 1 billion automobiles to the market.
2014-07-09
Video
SAE International is the ultimate knowledge source for mobility engineers, and SAE International is moving forward. Take a look at where we come from, where we are, and where we are going.
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