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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Engineers should expect government regulators in the U.S. and Europe to more strictly enforce existing rules and tighten emission-testing protocols, close gaps between laboratory and real-world testing, and perform more spot checks that can catch abuse after new vehicle models are approved for sale.