With the world's first pickup featuring an all-aluminum body and cargo box and full LED lighting, Ford leapfrogs its domestic and Japanese competition in the highly profitable full-size truck segment. The structures feature 5xxx- and 6xxx-series alloy sheet, the latter with a T4 temper.
A widely used material for lightning strike protection of CFRP structures within the aerospace industry is expanded metal foil (EMF). An issue with EMF is micro cracking of the paint, which can result in corrosion of the metal foil and subsequent loss of conductivity. Boeing researchers examined the issues of stress and displacement in the composite structure layup, which contribute to paint cracking caused by aircraft thermal cycling.
As more vehicles employ telematics, there’s a growing interest in using digital data from a range of electronic controls to tell emergency responders about the severity of an accident. Service providers recently teamed up to demonstrate that these data can be transmitted to emergency dispatchers without human intervention.
Bridgestone Commercial Solutions has launched the Bridgestone R244 all-position steer radial tire. The new tire meets the demands of dump trucks and concrete mixer truck fleets that spend a higher percentage of their miles in on-highway use.
Its CalAmp-supplied module, which plugs into OBD II connector, can access vehicle data such as from the powertrain, but if given OE access, can offer more, including voice command of texting and browsing. With Access Via Mobile coming to Chrysler products later in 2014, popular smartphone apps also will be available on touchscreen.
Wheel rim components made of 3/4-in steel plate in diameters to 40 in (1016 mm) and larger for use on tractors and other off-highway vehicles are fabricated by Acme Metal Spinning. Available in quantities of five to a few hundred or more, these components are fabricated using Acme’s advanced metal spinning processes.