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Battling the high cost of EV batteries

2015-08-14
Huge factories and technical improvements are slowly pushing battery pack costs down toward the $100/kW·h turning point that's expected to democratize electrified vehicles.
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Bosch developing new water-injection system for production engines

2015-06-02
The WI system is in pilot development with a Bosch customer. Test results to date show a reduction of fuel consumption at high loads and low rpm (up to 4% improvement on the NEDC cycle); reduction or avoidance of fuel enrichment and lower exhaust-gas temperatures at high loads and high rpm, and improved torque.
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Lightweight CV joint system

2016-03-07
GKN Driveline has developed a family of lightweight constant velocity joint systems that enables rear-wheel drive platforms to save more than 4 kg.
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Chrysler's new Hellcat V8 gets 707-hp SAE rating

2014-05-21
The actual J1349 rating is more than 100 hp more than Chrysler engineers teased in late May. The automaker's first production supercharged V8 uses a Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger supplied by IHI. The engine's high-output spec required extensive upgrading of engine reciprocating components to handle the extra loads.
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Waste heat recovery issues, challenges to be discussed at SAE symposium

2018-04-01
The challenges of climate change and energy security require a continuous effort toward reduction of global environmental pollution and fossil oil consumption. To meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets and to decrease oil dependency, overall energy consumption of vehicles must be substantially reduced.
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Integrating additive manufacturing into development, production – a free SAE webinar

2018-08-08
SAE International in Warrendale, Pa., is inviting members of the mobility engineering community to participate in the SAE Additive Manufacturing Webinar: Considerations When Integrating Additive Manufacturing into Aerospace and Ground Vehicle Development and Production Environments on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT.
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Sikorsky, Boeing debut future vertical lift dual-rotor design with SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter

2018-12-27
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE:LMT), in Stratford, Connecticut, and Boeing Defense, Space & Security (NYSE:BA) in Berkeley, Missouri, are introducing the SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter designed to fly with advanced agility and maneuverability at twice the speed and range of current conventional helicopters. Jointly developed for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrator program, the new rotorcraft design is intended to help inform the next generation of military helicopters as part of the U.S. Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program.
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What we're driving: 2018 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+

2018-01-22
It isn’t every car maker that introduces you to your new car with a session on a tight and slippery test track - but it's useful education for exploiting the capabilities of the hugely powerful Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+.
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Bell Nexus full-scale air taxi design debuts, taps novel VTOL, hybrid propulsion, energy storage, and avionics technologies

2019-01-09
Mobility engineers and executives at Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, in Fort Worth, Texas, are developing new concepts of mobility to make moving people and products more efficient and effective – and launching urban air mobility (UAM) innovations, including the Bell Nexus air taxi design, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. They envision and are helping to enable a fleet of on-demand, quiet vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft capable of safely whisking passengers over traffic and across urban landscapes by the mid-2020s.
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Additive manufacturing is transforming mobility engineering, driving the factory of the future

2018-12-27
Two new installments in the burgeoning SAE International Podcast Series cast a spotlight on additive manufacturing, which is fueling innovation, greater efficiencies, and the future of mobility engineering. Additive manufacturing continues to advance and transform mobility engineering, as aerospace and automotive firms increasingly adopt and invest in 3D printing technologies, which are becoming more capable and cost-effective.
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Air Force begins 3D printing nonstructural aircraft parts

2019-09-04
The 60th Maintenance Squadron at Travis Air Force Base is the first field unit in the United States Air Force to produce approved nonstructural aircraft parts using 3D printing – an additive manufacturing technique. The first parts: latrine covers on the Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy strategic airlifter.
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Barker approaches aircraft as system of systems in latest SAE International book

2018-10-17
Today’s airframe manufacturers have taken on more of the role of systems integrators, putting the focus on the aircraft as a system-of-many-systems. Sean Barker, FBCS CEng and a former research scientist at BAE Systems in the UK, approaches aircraft as a system of systems (SoS) from a business process perspective in his new book from SAE International in Warrendale, Pa.
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First Airbus A330-800 airliner becomes airborne for maiden flight

2018-11-06
The first Airbus A330-800 commercial jet, flight test aircraft MSN1888, took off today from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on its maiden flight over southwestern France during which the aircraft performed dedicated flight-physics tests required for the variant.
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Non-hybrid ICEs begin their decline

2017-07-19
After 2020 the number of ‘new’ engine family introductions will decline, as industry switches its investment over to e-propulsion. Suppliers need to be prepared for this shift.
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Fokker uses ZwickRoell creep testing machines to test for hydrogen embrittlement on landing gear components

2018-10-17
Aerospace manufacturers walk a metaphorical balance beam to continually develop and produce stronger, more efficient materials and components, while addressing all potential failure modes. This is true for safety-critical aircraft components like landing gear systems. Fokker Landing Gear B.V./GKN Aerospace recently equipped its mechanical laboratory with three creep testing machines to verify its manufacturing process control of zinc-plated bolts for aircraft landing gear systems.
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Demand up for composite-grade, high-performance plastics across aerospace, automotive

2018-08-23
Demand for high-performance plastics (HPPs) is up across the aerospace industry, driven by such key trends as growing performance requirements, increased use of additive manufacturing or 3D printing, supply chain globalization, and tightening environmental regulations. Growing passenger traffic coupled with the need to reduce emissions – being accomplished through lightweighting, engine downsizing, and vehicle electrification – present opportunities for HPPs, research analysts at Frost & Sullivan in San Antonio, Texas, explain.
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