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SAE student members shine in Infiniti F1 engineering competition

2014-07-09
After a three-day world final event in the U.K., which saw 12 hopefuls from around the world competing for victory in the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy, it was SAE student members Eric LaRoche and Jason Zide, and William Priest who were deemed the winners.
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Simulating to track soot formations in diesel engines

2014-06-11
Reaction Design worked with a German premium automotive company to build cylinder-combustion simulations for a high-performance diesel engine with the goal of accurately and quickly predicting combustion performance and the effects of varied operating conditions on soot emissions.
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Next-generation LED drivers for front, rear lights

2014-08-01
Texas Instruments offers the automotive industry’s first two-channel switching LED driver for front lights and the only linear LED driver with single short LED detection for rear lights, according to the company.
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Contamination protection for hydraulics

2014-07-01
Fluid Line Products, Inc. has released what it calls the Anti Blocker, a device designed to protect sensitive or expensive control mechanisms in hydraulic operating systems.
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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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The drive for driverless vehicles

2014-06-20
Autonomous vehicles are a hot topic, most noticeably in the automotive world. But automated driving/operation is making significant headway in the off-highway realm as well, especially in mining applications. John Williamson of Komatsu America Corp. and Serge Lambermont of Delphi Electronics & Safety provide some insights on the topic.
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Volkswagen reveals Beetle Global Rallycross racer

2014-07-09
Volkswagen entered the 2014 season of the Global Rallycross series racing a pair of Polo rally cars used last season on the European Rally circuit. The company has unveiled its purpose-built contender, a Beetle racer that will take to the track starting at the Los Angeles race in September.
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