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Automotive Engineering International 2006-12-01

2006-12-01
2006 Technology in review AEI editors look back at some of the most significant engineering and innovation stories of the past year. A new focus on emissions Cleaning up cold starts, adding precision are some of the strategies being employed by powertrain and controls engineers to further cut exhaust pollutants. Letting the sun shine in Increased modularity and reduced mass and complexity are the focus of covertible-top system engineers. Air conditioning and global warming Europe's legislated phaseout of R-134a, remaining issues with CO2 systems, and new proposals for R134-a replacements give engineers many challenges, hard choices to make, and not much time.
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Automotive Engineering International 2005-12-01

2005-12-01
Assembly by design The latest product development software offers new tools to improve the body engineering process and deliver flexible manufacturing capability. Measure twice, cut once The old carpenter's axiom is doubly true in the expensive realm of motorsport, where simulations provide a more cost-effective way to test ideas than trial-and-error. 2005 technology in review AEI editors look back at some of the most significant engineering and innovation stories of the past year. The new steels Lessons learned on where, when, why, and how to use new higher-strength materials is an information-sharing mandate of high order. Nissan showcases advanced technology The underlying philosophy of the company's "Orchard Concept" R&D strategy is to direct its strengthened resources to "real, specifc technological innovation in the car that you see on a showroom floor," providing performance and functions that exceed customer expectations.
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Automotive Engineering International 2001-01-01

2001-01-01
Ford's new four The largest engine development program in company history will lead to at least 200 applications, starting with the new Mondeo's Duratec HE and replacement of its existing cast-iron-block four-cylinders with higher aluminum content powerplants. GM Powertrain's new inline six for SUV's For the first time in nearly two decades, three new General Motors vehicles will feature an inline six-cylinder engine developed by GM Powertrain. Fuel-stratified injection from VW Though gasoline direct-injection technology is being introduced in the Lupo FSI, VW says it easily can be adapted for high-volume use in larger vehicles such as the Polo and Golf. LS6 for Z06 The latest high-performance Corvette engine features improved breathing, new pistons, an increased compression ratio, and a new high-profile camshaft.
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Automotive Engineering International 2008-11-01

2008-11-01
Managing software growth An increased emphasis on modeling and autocoding makes it easier to add software-based features and functions, driving a sea change in the way complex automotive systems are designed. Going beyond Bin 5 and Euro 5 An early look at some of the emissions-control and aftertreatment technologies and tools aimed at helping automakers meet future U.S. and European regulations. Finding flexibility Although automation is important to achieving flexibility, manufacturers cannot neglect product design, manufacturing processes, and personnel. Looking for a little help Automotive companies increasingly look outside, offshore to get complex designs finished quickly. The autonomous future Like it or not, cars that drive themselves are on the horizon. Will you trade control for safety? Dodge Ram A keen focus on fuel economy centers on improved aerodynamics, powertrain efficiency, and weight-reducing technologies.
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Automotive Engineering International 2005-11-01

2005-11-01
Frankfurt (Hybrid) Motor Show Dual-power technology was driven through the doors of the huge German complex in a way that has never been seen before. Bringing good things to light Emerging lighting technologies deliver more design flexibility as they get brighter, smarter, and smaller. Tightening supply chain links Improved electronic tools and more outsourcing fuel increased collaboration. Extreme two-wheeler engineering American Motorcyclist Association Superbike racing spurs development of truly super street bikes. Engineering for the aftermarket Suppliers that serve the OE market are setting their sights on the growing market for customization.
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Automotive Engineering International 2003-04-01

2003-04-01
Phantom materializes BMW's Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveils its first model, an aluminum-bodied sedan with rear-hinged rear doors and a new V12. Protecting the cabin from powertrain NVH OEMs are getting help from suppliers such as Collins & Aikman and Bayer in damping NVH, thanks to innovation in plastics. Forced induction Environmental pressures prompt renewed interest in turbochargers and superchargers. Collaboration software emerges Interactive product development tools that can decrease design time and cost, enhance quality, and improve engineering processes are now widely available. Validated virtual testing DaimlerChrysler and MTS Systems have verified that component load histories can be predicted before prototypes are built. Automation: a tool, not an end Toyota and its suppliers try to strike a balance between automation and manual labor at their U.S. plants.
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Automotive Engineering International 2007-02-01

2007-02-01
Plugging into Detroit Efficient, eco-friendly hybrid concepts, in "conventional" and plug-in forms, headlined January's North American International Auto Show, but a majority of the debuting concept vehicles boasted large-capacity V8, V10, or V12 engines aimed at ultimate performance. Creating the Bin-5 Diesel Progress made in lean-NOx trap technologies helps make engines a viable option for U.S. light-duty diesel market in 2008. Putting the pieces together Product lifecycle management tools and processes help speed automotive product development. Today's challenges, tomorrow's opportunities Engineers' productivity becomes paramount as companies change and evolve their business strategies. Promoting from within After serving a three-year term as Vice President-Automotive, Rich Schaum, Chrysler's former product development chief, becomes the new face of SAE International.
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Automotive Engineering International 2006-02-01

2006-02-01
NAIAS highlights Crossovers and fuel efficiency were big news at the 2006 event, but revived muscle cars stole the show. School of hard NOx For light-duty diesels to succeed in the U.S., they'll first have to pass the ultra-stringent 2007-2010 emissions standards--and keep costs reasonable. Aftertreatment technologies are critical for diesels to make the grade. Realistic simulations Improved digital design tools provide more insight into complex systems. Introducing Greg Henderson, SAE President for 2006 The Lockheed Martin executive steps up to take SAE into its next 100 years.
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Automotive Engineering International 2003-02-01

2003-02-01
IRL races ahead Honda and Toyota join dominant General Motors in a more tech-friendly racing series that gets a new chassis builder for 2003. NAIAS concepts Nearly 30 dream vehicles--about twice as many as last year--from most of the world's automakers were shown for the first time at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. AEI editors review the technical and development highlights of this impressive crop of concept cars. Engineering dream jobs Heading a new model launch is something many engineers aspire to, but that is just one avenue up the corporate ladder. Diesel discourse at SAE 2003 World Congress Fuel efficiency and performance advantages make diesel technology a compelling one for automakers and suppliers, despite its emissions disadvantages. Diesel will be among the more important technologies discussed in detail at the SAE 2003 World Congress March 3-6 in Detroit's Cobo Center.
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Automotive Engineering International 2005-05-01

2005-05-01
Designs on Geneva Design chic, design blending, and design promise were all present in the halls of the Geneva Palexpo exhibition center for the city's International Motor Show, which this year cleebrated the centenary of its beginning. Big 3 in fight for home-market supremacy No other nation sells or produces more vehicles than the United States. Automotive Engineering International kicks off its annual Global Viewpoints three-month series of region-specific articles by examining what technologies U.S.-based OEMs and suppliers are pursuing to be a winner in the market no one can ignore. Sunny forecast for IC engine Don't expect to see the internal-combustion engine evaporate as a viable power source anytime soon, industry experts say. Sharing the wealth A versatile vehicle architecture can deliver multiple variants from a single platform, reducing development costs and time-to-market.
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Automotive Engineering International 2002-03-01

2002-03-01
NAIAS production vehicles Editors review the engineering highlights of the show's production-vehicle introductions. BMW 7 Series: AEI's Best Engineered Vehicle for 2002 With help from its suppliers, BMW has produced a vehicle that blazes the engineering trail with innovations that will influence passenger vehicles for years to come. Developments in fuel cells Automotive engineers are concentrating on providing quick startup, cost reduction, mass manufacturability, and crash safety. AEI Tech 2002 Awards Automotive Engineering International editors highlight the top products and technologies that were displayed at the SAE 2002 World Congress. Introducing S.M. Shahed, SAE President for 2002 From humble beginnings, S.M. Shahed carves out a seat at the society's top spot. Urea selective catalytic reduction Testing by Ford researchers of a small-diesel emissions-control system proved successful in meeting ULEV emissions standards.
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Automotive Engineering International 2001-03-01

2001-03-01
Toyota Prius: Best-Engineered Car of 2001 Following the Japanese introduction of the first-generation Pruis in 1997, the significantly re-engineered second-generation model features new technology to meet the demands of the Western market, including improved driving performance, lower emissions, and reduced costs. Introducing Niel Schilke, SAE President for 2001 General Motors' former top engineer in Canada brings a systems engineering mentality, along with high expectations, to the SAE presidency. Fuel cells start to look real It is looking more and more as if the fuel-cell-powered car--the long-awaited "clean personal transportation of the future"--is moving from laboratory vision to technical reality, if not yet market actuality. Fuel-cell testing Capabilities that deliver reliable monitoring and control, as well as offer the benefit of a flexible configuration, are critical to keep pace with evolving fuel-cell technology, according to National Instruments.
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Automotive Engineering International 2003-03-01

2003-03-01
NAIAS production vehicles The strength of light trucks and crossovers in North America was on display as a majority of the all-new vehicles debuting at the events were for those segments of the industry. This special edition of Global Vehicles provides highlights of new-vhielce technology for 2003 and beyond. Volvo XC90: AEI's Best Engineered Vehicle for 2003 The new model raises the safety and environmental compatability bars for SUVs. Leading the way Fuel-cell vehicles from Toyota and Honda are hitting the streets for customer use in both Japan and the U.S. AEI Tech 2003 Awards Automotive Engineering International highlights the top products and technologies (submitted as of February 18) from the SAE 2003 World Congress. Introducing Dr. Jack E. Thompson, SAE President for 2003 A change agent with early roots in the automotive industry gets in the Society's driver seat.
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Automotive Engineering International 2004-03-01

2004-03-01
NAIAS technical highlights The industry kicked off what many are calling the Year of the Car at the North American International Auto Show in January. Cars and car-based crossovers took center stage, with many of the new models being derived from flexible architecture that will spawn many distinct products. High-performance hybrids Hybrid-electric technology is growing beyond economy cars to boost performance for luxury and sports cars and trucks. Toyota Prius: Best Engineered Vehicle for 2004 The second-generation gasoline/electric hybrid provides a larger and more versatile mid-size interior and sginificantly improves upon its pioneering predecessor in terms of performance, efficiency, emissions, and consumer appeal. AEI Tech 2004 Awards The new editors of Automotive Engineering International highlight some of the innovative new products and technologies on exhibit at the SAE 2004 World Congress based on the latest information provided by suppliers.
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Automotive Engineering International 2001-07-01

2001-07-01
Driven to test As automotive manufacturers and suppliers continually attempt to cut costs and reduce development cycle times, outsourcing of testing is becoming more prevalent in the industry. Testing resources This section highlights some of the latest testing products, equipment, and technologies used in sundry automotive applications from the industry's suppliers. Transmission options In this comprehensive review of technology, ZF's Group Vice President for Product Development concludes that the future belongs to automated manual, continously variable, and six-speed automatic and manual transmissions with increased capacities. Automotive moodular developments Engineers from Plastic Omnium Auto Exterieur and Inoplastic Omnium discuss design considerations for front-end module and plastic tailgate concepts. Flexible controls architecture for hybrid-electric vehicles General Motors and Motorola collaborate on a prototype vehicle for PNGV.
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Automotive Engineering International 2008-01-01

2008-01-01
New engines The editors review the engineering of six of the most significant new gasoline and diesel engines of 2008 and 2009. Squeezing more out and in Engineers are working on making seats lighter while offering more features. Out with the oil, in with the new Biomaterials begin making an impact as OEMs and suppliers explore more green options. Visually speaking Leading automotive designers discuss brand DNA, the future of vehicle personalization, and how their increasing involvement in platform design is changing the way they work with engineers.
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Automotive Engineering International 2013-10-22

2013-10-22
Taming automotive complexity with digital optimization From helping automotive engineers develop lighter structures to delivering fewer defects in manufacturing, digital tool providers are continuing their push upstream in the engineering process.
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Automotive Engineering International 2013-07-16

2013-07-16
Gearing up for long lifetimes For transmission control engineers, a greater focus on reliability is prompting a shift to standards such as ISO 26262 and an improved diagnostics function that takes a broader view, looking at the overall system vs. individual components.
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Automotive Engineering: October 2018

2018-10-04
Transforming Tenneco From new-tech suspensions to curb motion sickness, to composite exhausts, Dr. Ben Patel's engineers are innovating toward the electrified, automated-driving future. The electric future-Audi-style The first-ever electric vehicle from Audi, the e-tron, is production-ready and as expected, impressively engineered. Dual-volute salute! BorgWarner's new twist in turbocharging helps GM's new L3B gasoline four deliver V6-beating power and torque, with diesel-like fuel efficiency, in full-size pickup trucks.
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Automotive Engineering: March 2019

2019-03-01
Rethinking the HUD Advanced tech solutions move toward augmented reality to bring greater capability to head-up displays. Motor matters New designs and materials are key to the next generation of electric machines for EV propulsion. Harnessing the power of Sim Serious cost savings could come from eliminating vehicle- and systems-level tests. Powerful simulation tools may be the only way to tackle the increasing complexity in mobility development. An OBE for the SAE Meet Paul Mascarenas-SAE International's 2019 president. He's a staunch advocate for professional development for engineers amid the mobility industry's transformation. Solving the propulsion puzzle Must-attend expert panels at SAE's WCX '19 will cover the propulsion-tech future like no other. Editorial Kill the EV tax credit by 2025 SAE Standards News SAE and Synopsys collaborate on cyber study Supplier Eye New Co. vs. Old Co.
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