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A look inside lithium-ion batteries

2014-06-20
What researchers at MIT refer to as an exotic state of matter--a “random solid solution”--affects how ions move through battery material.
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Field-deployable computing platform

2014-06-19
Elma Electronic Inc.’s S50J computing platform is a reliable and rugged, field-deployable system with abundant configurable I/O for maximum design versatility.
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Thermoplastics added to modeling database

2014-06-19
Three high-performance thermoplastics from Victrex have been added to the Digimat-MX material and modeling database to accelerate the application development process while helping to minimize component weight and costs.
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Tesla aerodynamicists use CFD to evaluate yaw performance

2014-06-19
A group of aerodynamicists from Tesla chose Exa’s PowerFLOW CFD software to examine two alternative methods of simulating aerodynamic performance in the presence of realistic on-road crosswind for the Tesla Model S sedan.
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Next-gen seatbelt retractor

2014-06-18
TRW Automotive has launched its next-generation seatbelt retractor, the Floating Spool 1 (FS1), which offers reduced weight (about 15% lighter) and smaller dimensions compared to previous systems, according to the company. Production of the global FS1 technology starts in the second quarter of 2014.
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Achieving grid convergence in large internal-combustion engine simulations

2014-06-18
Motivated by the untapped potential of high-performance computing tools for engine simulations, personnel from Convergent Science, Caterpillar Inc., and Argonne National Laboratory combined forces to carry out a series of engine simulations including a simulation of nearly 34 million cells that is believed to be the largest-ever diesel engine simulation.
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Hyundai, Ford pursue structural composites despite challenges

2014-06-17
Industry experts at Hyundai and Ford address the opportunities and challenges involved with moving toward composite-intensive vehicles. The Ford Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle project, a collaboration with the U.S. DOE and Vehma International, illustrates the automaker's efforts to move toward lighter-weight materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum, and advanced high-strength steels.
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Meeting the need for engineering talent

2014-06-16
Ford Recruiting Manager Laura Kurtz discusses the hiring process at Ford and the types of skills that can help a candidate stand out from the pack.
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Dirac claims 'new approach' to sound optimization

2014-06-13
Volvo is making Dirac's "active acoustic treatment of the listening space" technology (called Unison) available in the new XC90 with the Bowers & Wilkins audio system. According to Dirac, Unison co-optimizes the loudspeakers in frequency, time, and space for the "best possible bass integration and clarity."
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Compact switches

2014-06-12
C&K Components’ line of compact PCB-mounted switches now includes two new medium power switch series that feature either momentary or locking actuation configurations.
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Ford test-protocol error causes EPA ratings revision

2014-06-12
The cause of the issue was an error in the process Ford engineers used to correlate wind-tunnel testing into their Total Road Load Horsepower (TRLHP) factor that is key to the vehicle fuel economy models that are ultimately submitted to the U.S. EPA.
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