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Engineering a 1000-mph car

2015-10-16
That is the task of Mark Chapman, Chief Engineer of the U.K. supersonic Bloodhound Project and his team, now on course to attempt a new World Land Speed Record that at Mach 1.4 blends automotive and aerospace engineering technologies to achieve a spectacular target never before considered outside the realms of space fiction.
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Thermal shields

2015-10-16
Interface Performance Materials has introduced two new thermal shields in the Select-a-Shield thermal product family—THH-1010 and TFP-3065—the first innovations in a series scheduled to be released through 2016.
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Can turning off the engine turn customers on?

2015-10-14
Stop-start systems have seen success in Europe, but development teams focused on the U.S. market are still working to get the right combination of fuel efficiency and comfort. Smooth restarts and radio volume are among for biggest challenges for garnering desired customer satisfaction ratings.
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Seeing the safe way ahead

2015-10-14
Mobileye’s unique perspective on a smart camera/system-on-a-chip technology is bringing safety-assisted and next semi-automated highway driving to production cars.
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New Astra is Opel-Vauxhall's "no excuses" car

2015-10-14
General Motors’ European duo, Opel and Vauxhall, have created a convincingly fresh design and engineering challenge to Volkswagen’s ubiquitous Golf and Ford’s Focus. It's no mean feat.
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ThyssenKrupp explores steel innovations

2015-10-12
InCar plus is the most extensive internal R&D project that ThyssenKrupp has ever undertaken, with more than 40 individual solutions geared toward cost-effective vehicle weight reduction without sacrificing performance. Timo Faath, General Manager Technology, ThyssenKrupp Steel North America, Inc., talks about the project and some of its promising technologies.
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Argonne centers to focus on expediting commercialization of technology

2015-10-12
Recognizing the power of technologies such as energy storage and nanotechnology and seeking ways to accelerate their impact, Argonne has created two new collaborative centers that it is hoping will provide an innovative pathway for business and industry to speed discoveries to market.
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TRB turns composites focus to aerospace sector

2015-10-12
TRB Lightweight Structures recently released an aerospace-grade lightweight honeycomb composite panel designed for interior applications, expanding the application areas for its range of composite flat panels. Recent investments for manufacturing composites include the procurement of a new 3- x 1.5-m autoclave system.
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Software's growth shines spotlight on eliminating defects

2015-10-09
Software’s becoming a greater factor in vehicle development, prompting a heightened focus on reducing the number of defects in code. Early planning, discipline, and continuous attention to detail are a few of the techniques that can help design teams eliminate defects.
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Toyota chief talks trucks

2015-10-06
Mike Sweers, Chief Engineer of the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra, spoke with Automotive Engineering at a recent Tacoma launch event about its development program and truck trends in general.
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Hot swap functionality for lithium ion solution

2015-10-05
Accutronics has created an off-the-shelf, modular battery system that draws energy from removable, sub 100 Wh Li-ion smart batteries and feeds them through a central controller.
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