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Ford GT prototypes "run naked" in public-road testing phase

2015-08-19
The 2017 GT development program has begun testing in southeastern Michigan, with the exotic American supercars running “naked” as they rack up miles amid daily commuter traffic. Automotive Engineering encountered and photographed one of the off-tool prototypes recently.
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High-integrity, low-cost aluminum components produced by semi-solid casting

2015-08-25
Semi-solid casting is a near-net shape casting process that is capable of producing extremely high-quality castings. It differs from all other casting processes as it does not use fully liquid metal to produce the castings, instead using a feed material that is preferably about 50% solid and 50% liquid.
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Acoustic engine layer

2015-08-26
Basotect TG melamine foam from BASF is used for the acoustic layer in Volkswagen EA888 engine covers.
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MEM inertial accelerometer

2015-08-26
The Model 1525 Series microelectromechanical (MEM) variable capacitive accelerometers from Silicon Designs Inc. are a low-cost, integral, inertial accelerometer family.
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FPT plans engines for complex market

2015-08-24
The challenges for the off-highway industrial engine supplier goes beyond simply meeting ever more stringent emissions regulations in Europe. Their engine designs also need to minimize total cost of ownership while delivering power and fuel efficiency in a worldwide market.
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Lubricants for cabin noise reduction

2015-08-28
Lubricant solutions from Klüber Lubrication reduce stick-slip and eliminate cabin noise generated by vibration and friction in automobile interiors.
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Electric oil pump

2015-08-27
The Model OP40i brushless dc electric oil pump from Engineered Machined Products Inc. (EMP) features high-performance gerotor pumping technology, including a long-life, brushless, dc sensorless motor, which is sealed and fully submersible.
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Hyundai enhances NVH with 2016 Tucson’s re-engineered suspension—including ‘world first’ dual-member damper housing

2015-08-20
No area of the third-generation Tucson crossover utility vehicle was left untouched by Hyundai engineers, but particular attention was placed on re-engineering the chassis for improved ride and handling, and importantly, better NVH characteristics. The CUV employs a dual-reinforcing panel rear wheelhouse design, which optimizes panels that are prone to vibration, resulting in a 109% increase in rigidity.
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EV charging station

2015-08-27
The Evr-Green charging station from Leviton delivers up to 7.7 kW of power for home and workplace.
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Concept car to production in six months fits 007’s timeline

2015-11-01
The usual gadgets and an extended chase scenes give the Aston Martin DB10 a major role in Spectre, the latest James Bond movie. “We used things like rapid prototyping and laser scanning, and we went directly from CAD to finished parts. Many components were machined, cut from solids so we did not have to wait for the creation of molds,” said Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin.
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Advanced simulation aids heavy-truck aerodynamics

2015-08-26
There is more pressure than ever on heavy-truck engineers to find and create significant improvements in fuel economy and reduce tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions. Aerodynamic opportunities exist with technologies such as active grille shutters and truck platooning—and simulation will help to optimize these designs.
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Helium leak detectors

2015-08-26
Helium leak detection systems are helping transmission suppliers improve quality and reduce the cost of producing new automatic transmissions.
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