Aerospace systems, subsystems, and components must continue to operate as intended when exposed to fire, rather than going up in flames and ceasing to work altogether. Fire and flammability testing is an all-important prerequisite to airworthiness, and the focus of a new technical standards committee that SAE International in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, is forming in response to a request from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials in Washington.
Researchers from Purdue University are studying the fundamental mechanisms behind a method that uses electrical fields to enhance ceramics-sintering processing, which could aid R&D of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells. The research also could shed light on a phenomenon called electromigration, which can affect the performance of electronic devices.
Harnessflex TempGuard conduit and fittings from ABB Electrification Products are designed specifically to protect and route high-temperature cables, providing an integrated system for engine wiring in temperatures up to 392°F (200°C).
John Deere Power Systems and Liebherr Machines Bulle announced an agreement to jointly evaluate engine technologies, designs and development processes that may assist future product development for both companies.
Caterpillar plans to showcase 40 machines at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 in March, one being its new 14M3 motor grader that features a larger engine, increased power to ground, and a host of integrated technology solutions such as the newly patented Stable Blade anti-bounce system, to increase operator efficiency and boost productivity levels.
Lucid Motors' Director, Powertrain, CAE Crash & Safety, discusses the not-really-so-different aspects of EV and internal-combustion engineering, why a powertrain’s still just a powertrain and why he ponied up his own money for a deposit on Lucid’s Air electric luxury sedan.
Colorado-based Boom Technology’s “Baby Boom” XB-1 supersonic demonstrator—a one-third scale stepping stone to a supersonic 40-seat passenger airliner—will make its first test flight late-2017. Although currently under construction, the XB-1 is described as “the first independently developed supersonic jet and history’s fastest civil aircraft.”
After three years of co-developing a new-generation fuel cell stack aimed at light vehicles, military, aerospace and other applications, Honda and GM have announced the establishment of Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC—the industry’s first joint venture for fuel-cell production.