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.
By stripping the electrified components and solar roof from the plug-in hybrid-electric Fisker Karma, VL Automotive intends to re-create the luxury sports car with unique body panels and power it with a supercharged V8 engine.
An independent testing institute recently confirmed a fuel-economy improvement of more than 15% on a MY2013 Ford Escape retrofitted with Schaeffler's AWD disconnect clutch and a number of other technologies that were designed and developed in North America.
The rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan embodies the first realization of Hyundai’s new design direction—“fluidic sculpture 2.0”—that was previewed last year with the HCD-14 Genesis concept. Beneath the “clean,” flowing exterior panels, the 2015 Genesis features a completely redesigned platform to accommodate a new available HTRAC all-wheel-drive system.
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.
The 2014 Collegiate Design Series season concluded with the co-located FSAE Lincoln and FSAE Electric events. The University of Kansas placed first in the combustion class, and Universidade Estadual de Campinas did same in the electric class.
Seiko Instruments' new S-19110 series automotive voltage detectors are used in applications such as electronic control units for engines, transmissions, and suspensions; anti-lock brake systems, related electric vehicle equipment, and hybrid electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electronics.