Getting the aero advantage
Team Rahal has come up with several innovative ways of integrating and implementing Fluent Inc.'s computational fluid dynamics softwarae into its engineering process.
Jordan Grand Prix benefits from 3-D design
This motorsports team's transition from 2-D design to 3-D digital modeling using SDRC's I-DEAS software has resulted in shorter lead times and improved part fit.
The 2002 Explorer/Mountaineer
Ford engineers further improve ride, handling, and safety while increasing the vehicles' power.
Cadillac's re-engineered Escalade
The 2002 model has a host of new, advanced features including "Northstar-inspired" powertrains, StabiliTrak stability control, and a Road Sensing Suspension system.
Explorer Sport Trac breaks new ground
Ford says its 2001 Explorer Sport Trac, based on the 2001 Explorer four-door, was engineered for improved ride and handling, and is the first traditional SUV with an open cargo area.
New light-duty truck roundup
Elsewhere in this usse are details of some of the all-new or significantly redesigned 2001 light-duty trucks and SUVs. What follows are brief summaries of trucks and truck technologies that have been convered recently in Automotive Engineering International.
Supplier technology 2001
As a follow up to last issue's review of supplier contributions to passenger cars and minivans, this section focuses on some of the many light-duty truck and SUV supplier innovations.
Heavy challenges for heavy trucks
Manufacturers of heavy trucks are using electronics to give drivers more information while exploring various technologies to meet tough governmental emissions mandates.
Urea selective catalytic reduction
Mack and Siemens are working on the NOx emissions-reducing technology for heavy-duty trucks, though infrastructure hurdles still exist.
Roller cam followers for heavy-duty diesels
Mahle engineers applied kinematic and dynamic calculations of the valvetrain as well as finite element analysis to optimize size, weight, and strength of heavy-duty diesel engine components.