Technical sessions focused on interiors at the SAE 2014 World Congress span the designated technology areas, including electronics, materials, and safety/testing. One example in the electronics area, to take place April 8 at 9:30 a.m., covers multi-media systems. As part of the discussion, Takata researchers will present new touchscreen concepts such as a smart display surface that could benefit steering-wheel design.
Interior Climate Control Committee reactivates development of standards for R-744 mobile air-conditioning (carbon dioxide as a refrigerant), after several German automakers choose to renew work on a system. R-1234yf maintains worldwide lead as low-global-warming refrigerant choice to replace R-134a. German association of the auto industry (VDA) assigns R-744 development work to automakers.
The Agera two-seat sports car has all carbon-fiber body, carbon-fiber wheels, and an in-house developed 5.0-L V8 rated at 1100 hp (821 kW) on premium pump gasoline, 1200 hp (895 kW) on E85. The transmission is a special dual-clutch 7-speed design developed in conjunction with Cima.
Adding data buses allows new electronic features, but increases costs from wiring and modules. SAE Congress speakers suggest taking advantage of opportunities to transfer functions and merge modules; and they propose algorithms to give engineers greater choice in circuit routing through harnesses, to replace trial-and-error techniques.
Perkins' Karl Vandermyde believes that the off-highway industry faces no foreseeable regulations that will require new diesel engine technologies, with current technologies being robust and capable of addressing all foreseeable standards.
NanoFocus’ μsurf cylinder tool, which will be displayed at the SAE 2014 World Congress April 8-10 in Detroit, provides a nondestructive technique for high-resolution 3-D measurements of the inside of cylinder bores and liners.
Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group’s Wahl DST500-FM temperature indicator with fixed probes is a high-accuracy, wide-range thermometer designed for hazardous locations where accurate and reliable temperature monitoring is critical.