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Automotive Engineering: July/August 2020

2020-07-30
2021 Mustang Mach-E Ford's first dedicated electric platform reveals the challenges and opportunities in developing a state-of-the-art EV. E-Motorcycle project pushes battery boundaries For Triumph's TE-1 project, new materials and cell technologies target greater energy density and overall performance. Williams Advanced Engineering's CEO explains. Tracking the battery-market battleground Production scale, yield and new cell technologies are challenging EV battery-cell suppliers, explains an expert at IHS Markit.
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Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: July 2020

2020-07-02
Editorial High noon for high-level autonomy The Navigator A fork in the road for the AV business The Electric, Autonomous Revolution Lifts Off Engineering the new generation of electric and hybrid vertical-take-off-and-landing vehicles at Wisk and Elroy Air. New SAE Standard for Automated-Driving Developers Developed in less than a year, SAE's new J3216 standard will impact traffic management, operations and safety for automated mobility. Making Data Logging, Replay and Prototyping More Efficient High levels of continuity and compatibility are vital to avoid interruptions in the development process - and reduce cost. Radar Death Star ELunewave's 3D-printed spherical antenna makes for fast, 360-degree single-snapshot readings that are claimed to beat the slower sweeps of conventional radar. The Case for FOTA in AV Data Security Firmware over-the-air data transmission helps OEMs drive secure vehicle autonomy.
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Automotive Engineering: June 2020

2020-06-04
Tesla casts a new strategy for lightweight structures The EV maker boldly invests in the world's largest aluminum die-casting machine to manufacture entire rear underbody structures. Steel the Real Deal Steel's infinite recyclability will help it remain the auto industry's material of choice, insists Tata Steel Europe's CCO. Tesla's Cybertruck is audaciously austenitic A proprietary 301-series stainless steel gives Tesla's first pickup truck unique sales attributes while saving tooling cost. Lightweight design beyond CAD New computational tools enable an integrated data-fusion approach to complex, mixed-materials engineering. An expert from nTopology explains. Editorial Impressions of a rocket launch SAE Standards News New Cooperative Driving Automation standard provides clarity to support advancement of full automation Supplier Eye Now comes product-cadence chaos What We're Driving Can CHAdeMO 3.0 standardize global EV quick-charging?
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Aerospace & Defense Technology: June 2020

2020-06-01
Designing Battery Packs for Harsh Environment Mission-Critical Devices High-Energy Laser Weapon Systems Advanced Assembly Solutions for the Airbus RACER Joined-Wing Configuration Digital Twins How The Digital Replica Concept Is Used By Robotic Systems Practical 3D Printing of Antennas and RF Electronics Photonic Microwave Generation Using On-Chip Optical Frequency Combs DDDAMS-based Urban Surveillance and Crowd Control via UAVs and UGVs Investigating algorithmic approaches to create scalable, robust, multi-scale, and effective urban surveillance and crowd control strategies using UAVs and UGVs. Covariance and Uncertainty Realism in Space Surveillance and Tracking Characterizing uncertainty in estimating the state of a resident space object is one of the fundamentals of many space surveillance tasks.
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SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: June 2020

2020-06-01
Embedded systems help drive autonomy forward Kontron provides high-end knowledge for image processing, analysis with fewer control modules. Open approach to propulsion Deutz CEO sees combination of sustainable-fuel combustion engines and electric drive systems powering the off-highway market. Increasing connectivity, leveraging intelligence Parker Hannifin expert discusses IoT for mobile equipment and moving beyond standard telematics by integrating systems controllers and smart components. Cummins, Tula test 'dynamic' cylinder deactivation Tula's Dynamic Skip Fire technology already used in light-duty gasoline engines shows potential in heavy-duty diesels to significantly reduce NOx emissions. Supplier Directory Complete listing of industry suppliers categorized by technology area.
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Automotive Engineering: May 2020

2020-05-07
Buzz killers Simulation tools help EV development teams tackle new challenges from Noise, Vibration and Harshness. New Ampere EV motor aims for power, torque benchmarks 3D printing is key to the new motor's compact, lightweight and power-dense design. Xcelerating innovation, Honda-style Honda's pragmatic approach to partnering with tech startups is delivering promising results. Editorial A restart into the unknown Supplier Eye R&D takes a hit What We're Driving How Ford mobilized its engineers in the COVID-19 fight SAE best practice establishes definitions for ODD The Ford F-150 Raptor's front drivetrain is pulling for you Reconsidering CNG as an alt-fuel solution Q&A IAV Automotive Engineering's Mike Kenhard
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Aerospace & Defense Technology: May 2020

2020-05-01
Connectors Lighten the SWaP Burden in UAV/MUMT Aircraft Electronics Playing Defense Uncertain Regulations Stall the Implementation of Counter-UAS Technology in The U.S. Drone Swarms A Transformational Technology Robotic Combat Vehicles Putting the Brains Behind the Brawn Effectiveness of Inter-Vehicle Communications and On-Board Processing for Close Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Flight Formations Developing an effective cooperative communication system for unmanned aerial vehicles can increase their autonomy, reduce manpower requirements, and improve mission capabilities. Systems Engineering Approach to Develop Guidance, Navigation and Control Algorithms for Unmanned Ground Vehicle This research explores the development of a UGV capable of operating autonomously in a densely cluttered environment such as the tropical jungles or plantation estates commonly found in Asia.
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Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: May 2020

2020-05-01
Editorial "Clean" is the new AV safety paradigm The Navigator Leaderboard Report tracks the AV industry leaders V2X to the Rescue for VRUs! For motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users, V2X communication is a vital safety asset for the AV future. Radar's Evolving Role in ADAS and the AV Future The automotive radar sensor market is growing at a 21% compound annual growth rate, putting greater demands on chip design, testing, and module deployment. Please Fence Me In Limiting operational domains to speed AV adoption. Roush Lands in AV Country An auto-industry icon for engineering, prototyping, testing and manufacturing services establishes its West Coast presence. Virus-killing Ozone Generator: Savior for Shared Vehicles? Tier-1 supplier Magna evaluates its proven Puro virus-killing technology for a potentially new role: sanitizing vehicle interiors.
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SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: April 2020

2020-04-02
Shifting design of autonomous architectures Electronic controls centralize while providing commercial-level reliability. Next steps toward battery-electric Class 8 trucks Employing a common architecture and shared technologies allows Volvo Trucks to speed up electric-truck conversion, but battery technology and infrastructure still prove challenging. Moving metal AM forward Additive-manufacturing system providers still see technical and throughput challenges, but significant developments and market inroads will be made in 2020. ConExpo roundup New equipment launched in Las Vegas ranges from small electric machines to large next-gen excavators and everything in between.
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Aerospace & Defense Technology: April 2020

2020-04-01
Coiled Spring Pins What Do They Do? How Do You Install Them? Ruggedizing Coaxial and Fiber Optic Cable Assemblies from Mechanical Strain Bringing Turbine Power to Small Aircraft Bringing Turbine Power to Small Aircraft Limiting Creep in Aerospace Materials Advances in Millimeter-Wave Isolator Design Launch Manufacturers into Stratospheric Operating Frequencies NASA Prepares for the Moon and Mars with Expanded Deep Space Network A Focal Plane Array and Electronics Model for CMOS and CCD Sensors in the AFIT Sensor and Scene Emulation Tool Developing an improved model capable of generating realistic synthetic data that represents a wide range of systems can lead to new algorithms and data exploitation techniques. Deformation Sensing in Soft Bio-Surrogate Materials Accurate measurement of deformations occurring within or on soft materials has recently generated interest for its benefits to the fields of soft robotics and wearable biomedical sensors.
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MOMENTUM: APRIL 2020

2020-04-01
Focused on design For Missouri S&T Racing, knowing why a system was designed in a particular way is as important as knowing how it was designed. Taking the classroom to the racetrack Purdue University's Formula SAE team makes good racecars, even better engineers. Sticking to the schedule By strictly meeting deadlines, West Virginia University Institute of Technology team hopes to reach new heights in SAE Aero Design.
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Automotive Engineering: April 2020

2020-04-01
The man from ARPA-E Advanced R&D programs directed by Dr. Chris Atkinson are building the energy-efficient mobility future. Executive Insights: BorgWarner VP and CTO Hakan Yilmaz With Delphi Technologies expected to join its portfolio, BorgWarner is focusing on differentiating its product line for emerging propulsion architectures. Sweating the details of C8 development How GM's Corvette engineers tackled challenges in the move to a mid-engine architecture. Mid-engine history of the future Highlighting the many benefits of a century-old vehicle layout whose golden era is with today's performance cars.
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Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: March 2020

2020-03-05
Editorial Autonomous 'Uncola' bubbles up The Navigator Cruise Origin points the way for AV architecture The Mind of Argo AI Co-founder and CEO Bryan Salesky brings a realistic approach to the self-driving technology "mission." Metamoto Goes Deep on AV Simulation Simulation based on the actual physics of vehicles and sensors continues expanding to replace millions of miles of potentially dangerous real-world testing. ZF Establishes Level 2+ ADAS Cost-effective technology solutions to meet diverse customer needs are what the "new pragmatism" in driver-assistance tech is all about. Senior VP Aine Denari explains. Lidar in a Flash Continental delivers a short-range 3D flash lidar sensor that's expected to find increasing application in commercial vehicles and off-highway ma-chines in 2020. Sensor Heat Relief Canatu's carbon nanobots keep critical sensor surfaces - and LED head-lamps - clear in sub-freezing weather.
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MOMENTUM: MARCH 2020

2020-03-01
Making sense on sensors AutoDrive Challenge team from North Carolina A&T State University gets the most out of its few sensors. Victory at last The first Formula SAE win of Polytechnique Montreal: why keeping it simple and being prepared was the key. Keeping it light Gram by gram, students at Ningxia University carve weight off their SAE Aero Design East plane to win the 2019 competition.
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Automotive Engineering: March 2020

2020-03-01
Electrifying GM After two decades of hybrid development, General Motors puts its full future-propulsion focus on BEV technology-with vertically integrated development and production. Multimatic's new SimCenter The Novi facility will feature the most advanced VI-grade driving simulator in the U.S., enhancing development of everything from chassis dynamics to autonomous systems. New approaches in thermal management Electric vehicles are driving new technologies in cabin heating, ultra-fast battery charging and secondary-loop heat pumps. Meet the 2020 SAE Prez Veteran Boeing engineer Todd Zarfos brings an open-minded focus to the SAE presidency.
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Automotive Engineering: January/February 2020

2020-02-06
Heat seekers While engineers debate the use of thermal-imaging sensors for ADAS, their capability and value are being proven for AVs of all levels. EV battery-materials testing gets physical Reliable materials-testing methodologies are vital for progress in electric-vehicle battery development. A leader in the field explains. Engineered in plastic SPE's annual awards highlight new and interesting materials and their applications. Tremec's supercar DCT To polish the 2020 mid-engine Corvette's driving prowess, GM and Tremec engineers joined forces to create a new and better auto-mated transaxle.
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SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: February 2020

2020-02-01
ICE advances Engine developers employ revised electronic architectures, mechanical tweaks to boost fuel efficiency, performance of internal-combustion engines. Autonomous construction sites Equipment makers are testing the emerging technologies required to advance automation beyond individual machines. Modeling electric motors How to develop a traction drive using a multiphysics-based approach with 3D modeling and simulation. Solving the "telehandler problem" Two-stage overcenter valves create stability in machines with highly dynamic loads. Engineering the world's fastest tractor JCB worked with design and engineering specialists to build a spectacular speed record-breaker that topped 150 mph.
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MOMENTUM: FEBRUARY 2020

2020-02-01
Tweaking, tuning, and tinkering The importance of flight testing in design decisions. Engine switch propels UW - Platteville snowmobile team to new heights Along with a new engine, the team made other changes that helped it win first place in the Spark-Ignition Class at the 2019 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. Another year, another successful Cornell Baja SAE team Cornell University was among only five teams to finish in the top 10 in each of 2019’s three Baja SAE competitions.
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Aerospace & Defense Technology: February 2020

2020-01-30
Rad-Hard Microelectronics for Space Applications Outsourcing Plasma Treatments for Surface Modification Adding Context to Full-Motion Video for Improved Surveillance and Situational Awareness Implementing an Aerospace Factory of the Future 90° Hybrid Coupled Power Amplifier - Pros and Cons A New Network Design for the "Internet from Space" Future Advances in Electronic Materials and Processes - Flexible Hybrid Electronics Despite progress being made, there are still significant obstacles to the manufacture and use of flexi-ble hybrid electronics in military applications. Heterogeneous Integration Technology Integrating different types of devices and materials could increase their functional density, improving the performance of electro-optic systems for sensor applications. The Impact of Cyber Cameras on the Intelligence Community The ability to covertly access and manipulate cyber cameras could provide valuable strategic data for the US intelligence community.
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Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: January 2020

2020-01-01
Editorial Defining and standardizing AV tech and testing The Navigator Automakers at fault if V2X spectrum is lost Superior Interiors New-mobility thinking is changing how vehicle interiors will work for everyone. Democratize AV Technology! Aptiv's new generation of open-sourced architectures based on a few central processors aims to speed AV adoption. CTO Glen DeVos explains. Wired for Autonomy Wiring harnesses are already heavy, complex and costly, so what happens when AV equipment is added? An expert from Mentor weighs in. Autonomy's 'Pirouetting' Future Protean Electric's novel 360-degree steering and in-wheel drive systems add new potential for urban mobility. Restructuring for Autonomy At the dSPACE World Conference, engineers gained new insights into digital development and virtual design and testing.
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