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Effective Writing for Engineering and Technical Professionals

The ability to write concise and unambiguous reports, proposals, manuals, or other technical documents is a key skill for any high-functioning engineer or technical staff person in the mobility industries. Through a combination of class discussions, interactive workshop activities, assignments, checker teams (review teams) and job aids, this course delivers real-life technical writing techniques and tools that can be immediately applied. Attendees discover the importance of knowing their audiences and how to communicate technical information in a "user-friendly" style.
Software

Global Mobility Database

1999-05-01
Thank you for your interest in the Global Mobility Database. This demo provides a representative sample of SAE¿s collection of mobility data. It demonstrates the search engine features and functions and includes a data set of more than 900 document summaries with bibliographic information, including abstracts. This subset contains examples of references for technical papers, standards, journal and magazine articles, specifications, regulations, and research reports, and represents all areas of mobility engineering for land, sea, air, and space. You will be asked to login to the SAE Website before accessing the demo. This will require you to register as a new user if you do not already have an SAE Website account. Click on the following link to access the demo: If you have any questions, e-mail CustomerSales@sae.org or call 1-724-772-4086. You may also be interested in: Publications and Standards Database
Book

Toyota R&D Technical Review 2012

2012-02-01
“Japanese Originality” is the theme of 2012 Toyota Technical Review, which brings twelve articles written by designers and engineers, about the creativity, inspiration and commitment to develop products that enchant their users. The book also brings eight additional articles, more technical in nature, that prove the results of original thinking applied to engineering excellence.
Book

Toyota R&D Technical Review 2009

2009-08-01
Giving unique insight into Toyota's 2009 technical developments, this book includes 24 papers that chronicle the Japanese OEM's R&D activities during that year. This volume has a special focus on automotive safety and ITS, and 12 of the papers highlight developments in those areas. Title highlights include: Safety and ITS • The Evolution of GOA for Crash Safety • Pre-Crash Safety: Autonomous Integrated Safety Technology • Assist System for Enhancing Driver Vision at Night Other Technical Areas • A Study on Friction Materials for Reducing Brake Squeal by Nanotechnology • Newly Developed AR Engine Series • Development of Bio-Based Plastics for Injection Molding
Book

Toyota Technical Review 2010

2010-08-01
Giving unique insight into Toyota's 2010 technical developments, this book includes 19 papers that chronicle the Japanese OEM's R&D activities in a variety of technologies during that year. This volume takes a special look at the Prius, Toyota's popular hybrid, along with other technical innovations. Title highlights include: Prius Technology • Hybrid Technologies in the 3rd Generation Prius • Chassis Development for the 3rd Generation Prius • Design of the Prius as an Eco-Icon Other Technical Areas • Introduction of the World's First Rear Seat Occupant Restraint System for Rear-End Collisions • Development of Fuel Consumption Estimation Technology Using VHDL-AMS • Development of Electrode Structure for High Performance Fuel Cell Using CAE
Book

Toyota R&D Technical Review 2011

2011-08-01
Giving unique insight into Toyota's 2011 technical developments, this book includes 18 papers that chronicle the Japanese OEM's R&D activities in a variety of technologies during that year. This volume has a special focus on next-generation electric storage, and 10 of the papers highlight developments in such things as batteries, fuel cells and next-generation energy. Title highlights include: Next Generation Electric Storage and Its Applications • Secondary Battery Development for Hybrid Vehicles at Toyota • Development Trends and Popularization Trends for Fuel Cell Vehicles • Renewable Energy and Its Effective Usage Other Technical Areas • Drivetrain Development for the Lexus LFA • Development of Scratch-Resistant Universal Clear Coat • Development of Environmentally Friendly Machining Process for Aluminum Parts
Book

Small Gas Engines 10th Edition

2012-01-01
Small Gas Engines explores the principles of small gasoline engine design, construction, and operation. It also presents a detailed overview of small engine maintenance, troubleshooting, service, rebuilding, and repair. In addition, this title includes extensive coverage of outdoor power equipment applications and the specialized service related to each type of equipment. The 2012 edition has been extensively reorganized to help improve comprehension, with content updated throughout the text. Engine service information is arranged in a logical sequence, similar to the order in which service and rebuilding procedures are performed. New Fundamentals of Electricity, Magnetism, and Electronics chapter introduces readers to the basics of electricity and electronics. A brand new chapter in engine reassembly and break-in was also added.
Technical Paper

Simulors, An Innovative Tool for Molds Development

1996-04-01
91A117
Mold designers and foundrymen spend a lot of time in developing molds without knowing exactly the phenomena which take place inside. Simulor, which has been used in an industrial environment for two years, offers the solution to make foundrymen understand what happens during the filling of the mold and the solidification of the part. Based on navier-stokes and heat transfer equations, simulor provides speed distribution and metal front evolution in the cavity and thermal map in the mold and the part. Some examples with different metals (cast iron, aluminum alloy) cast with various processes (sand or die casting, low pressure or gravity casting) will be given. This new tool will given foundrymen the opportunity to test the mold before having it machined and will also allow reduction in development delays.
Technical Paper

The Development of Plastic Lenses for Vehicle Headlamps

1996-04-01
91A111
The pending changes in European law enabling the use of plastic lenses on vehicle headlamps provide an opportunity for further advancement of vehicle styling, lighting performance and aerodynamic efficiency. Plastic lenses can also provide a useful weight saving and contribute to energy savings during the lifetime of the vehicle. This paper discusses the current requirements, technologies and solutions for plastic lenses, and indicates the way this advance can impact on the evolution of lighting products.
Technical Paper

Evaluation of Advanced Aluminum Alloys and Mmc Obtained By Means of a Spray Depositon Approach

1996-04-01
91A112
The paper review some recent efforts, made by the aluminum industry, towards the development of new advanced alloys for aerospace applications; unconventional production technologies and MMC occupy an outstanding position in this context. Raid solidification processes are currently used for obtaining advanced alloys and, among them, the powder metallurgy route is one of the most commonly applied, since it has reached a considerable level of maturity. Experimental results of PM materials are shown and discussed in order to appreciate the potentialities of this class of materials and some recent further progress is shown: the spray deposition approach (osprey process). After having described the main features of the osprey process, some results obtained at the Department of Aerospace Engineering of Pisa about the development of high strength Al-alloy and MMC obtained by means of the osprey process are shown.
Technical Paper

Practical Applications of Composite Exotic Hybrids and Their Structural Use in Vehicles

1996-04-01
91A098
An overview of high strength thermoset and thermoplastic composites will provide a basis of comparison with exotic hybrid composites. A specific theoretical application for a very high strength unibody application will be presented and test results evaluated. A critical overview of immediate applications will be presented and evaluated. In conclusion, it will be suggested that a uniform standard of performance be established for the practical application's requirements for these materials
Technical Paper

U.S. and California Vehicle Emissions Control Programs Effectiveness and Application of Experience

1988-03-01
871148
Many areas of the world are in various stages of development which frequently includes a rapid increase in the motor vehicle population. As a result, some areas are beginning to show the effect of increased motor vehicle use on air pollution. The vehicle's contribution to California's air pollution has long been recognized and studied, and measures have been implemented to reduce emissions from motor vehicles. The history of light duty vehicle emission control in the South Coast Air Basin of California is reviewed. Emission reductions achieved, current levels, projected future emissions and the need for further emissions reductions from light duty vehicles are discussed. For other areas of the world where motor vehicles contribute to air pollution, suggestions are made which can improve the effectiveness of emission control efforts; which should be consistent with political and economic realities, and efforts to achieve international harmonization of standards.
Technical Paper

Guidelines on the Use of Experimental Sea for Modeling and Understanding Road Noise in Cars

1999-05-17
1999-01-1704
Over the last years, SEA has been recognized as a useful tool to model and analyze the high-frequency vibro-acoustic behavior of fully assembled complex structures. This paper discusses the experimental derivation of the loss factor model of a passenger car. The paper outlines the different steps which need to be taken to obtained a fully validated experimental SEA model. This includes the subdivision into subsystems, the PIM measurement campaign, the derivation of the loss factors and their associated confidence levels and the model validation. The paper further details how the experimental SEA model was used to quantify and investigate the airborne and structure-borne contributions to the interior noise level for a road noise test condition. The operational power inputs to the vehicle were indirectly determined from operational response measurements. A contribution analysis showed that airborne noise sources dominated structure-borne noise sources above 500Hz.
Technical Paper

Analysis of Vehicle Pillar Cavity Foam Block Effect on Interior Noise Using SEA

1999-05-17
1999-01-1701
Closed cell foam has been used for filling vehicle pillar cavities at select locations to block road noise transmitted through pillars. In the past, most pillar foam implementations in vehicle programs were driven by subjective improvements in interior sound. In this study road test results are used to correlate a detailed CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) model based on the statistical energy analysis method. Noise reduction characteristics of pillar with a number of foam block fillings were then studied using the CAE model. The CAE models provided means to model and understand the mechanism of noise energy flow through pillar cavities. A number of insightful conclusions were obtained as result of the study.
Technical Paper

Modeling and Measurement of Occupied Car Seats

1999-05-17
1999-01-1690
An overview of model development for seated occupants is presented. Two approaches have been investigated for modeling the vertical response of a seated dummy: finite element and simplified mass-spring-damper methods. The construction and implementation of these models are described, and the various successes and drawbacks of each modeling approach are discussed. To evaluate the performance of the models, emphasis was also placed on producing accurate, repeatable measurements of the static and dynamic characteristics of a seated dummy.
Technical Paper

Evaluating Vehicle Interior Noise Quality Under Transient Driving Conditions

1999-05-17
1999-01-1683
This paper presents a software-driven procedure for continuous assessment facilitating an evaluation of non-stationary sound quality. The noise stimuli are presented to the test persons via headphones and a subwoofer from a personal computer. The key feature of the rating procedure is the “zonal pairwise comparison” for the time zones at the beginning and the end of the noise sequences. Evaluation of data together with time variant objective parameters by means of statistical methods is described. The results and models from multiple regession analysis are given.
Technical Paper

Case History: Engine Timing Gear Noise Reduction

1999-05-17
1999-01-1716
This paper describes the procedures used to reduce the tonal noise of a class eight truck engine timing gear train that was initially found to be objectionable under idle operating conditions. Initial measurements showed that the objectionable sounds were related to the fundamental gear mesh frequency, and its second and third harmonics. Experimental and computational procedures used to study and trouble-shoot the problem include vibration and sound measurements, transmission error analysis of the gears under light load condition, and a dynamic analysis of the drive system. Detail applications of these techniques are described in this paper.
Technical Paper

Application of a Lean Cellular Design Decomposition to Automotive Component Manufacturing System Design

1999-05-10
1999-01-1620
A design framework based on the principles of lean manufacturing and axiomatic design was used as a guideline for designing an automotive component manufacturing system. A brief overview of this design decomposition is given to review its structure and usefulness. Examples are examined to demonstrate how this design framework was applied to the design of a gear manufacturing system. These examples demonstrate the impact that low-level design decisions can have on high-level system objectives and the need for a systems-thinking approach in manufacturing system design. Results are presented to show the estimated performance improvements resulting from the new system design.
Technical Paper

Quantification of Intake System Noise Using an Experimental Source-Transfer-Receiver Model

1999-05-17
1999-01-1659
Design optimisation with respect to interior noise is currently a topic of great concern for the automotive industry. An essential element in this process is to obtain a correct understanding of the various noise sources which are present, and the ways in which these sources propagate to the critical receiver. An experimental source-transfer-receiver methodology is presented, that allows quantifying the structure borne and airborne source strength of the intake system components and its contribution to the interior noise. The method allows interior noise optimisation after identification of the dominant contributors. The methodology is applied to identify the noise contribution of the air intake system to the interior noise of an 8-cylinder upper class vehicle. Correlation of the Structure Borne Transfer Path Analysis and Airborne Source Quantification models with physical decoupling experiments demonstrates a high correspondence.
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