The auto industry has made gains via engine downsizing, charging technology, multi-speed transmissions, variable valve and stop/start installations. The “less is more” philosophy evident over the past five years was in some respects the easy route compared to what lies ahead. Ongoing efforts to improve fuel economy/lower emissions need to emanate from extensive mass reduction efforts—all the while ensuring that safety capabilities are maintained and the constant shift toward global platforms continues.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2017 at 6:21 AM
While looking into Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, it came to our attention that last May the company announced that a “base technology” for its system--which will have a capsule containing people that will be propelled through a pylon mounted tube--is “Vibranium,” which it describes as a “smart material specifically developed for the Hyperloop application.” We thought that it was a material that was specifically developed for the Marvel Universe, though we may be wrong. (For an interesting look at vibranium vs. adamantium, we’d like to call your attention to a piece that appeared in Machine Design last year, as well, which you can see here.) But the Hyperloop Vibranium was created with help from a company with carbon-fiber composite capability, C2i of Slovakia.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2017 at 6:06 AM
Last week in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, Lexus debuted the 2018 Lexus LS 500, the fifth-generation of company’s flagship sedan: This is an all-new car, based on the Lexus GA-L architecture, which, according to the company, is the stiffest in its history, providing a basis for handling, smoothness and quietness.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 04, 2016 at 6:58 AM
If you want to get a sense of why this is a multi-material industry going forward, an industry that is making a transition from (almost) strictly ferrous materials to various others, including ferrous materials, just as it is making a transition from strictly internal combustion engines to electrification, including internal combustion engines, then know that on Tuesday, November 1, a new company was launched, Arconic Inc. 3D printed polymer prototype patterns—not aluminum Which is notable because Arconic used to be part of Alcoa Inc.
By: Lawrence S. Gould - October 04, 2016 at 3:27 PM
Atlhough this software has its genesis at NASA, a new version of HyperSizer helps automotive engineers create lightweight composite part designs.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 04, 2016 at 3:19 PM
Advances in additive manufacturing technology can potentially result in the proliferation of more lightweight, printed parts.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 04, 2016 at 3:10 PM
The use of simulation and smart engineering can lead to better products. Here’s how.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 04, 2016 at 2:22 PM
Here’s a look at a study conducted to get a sense of just how much mass can be taken out of closures through the use of mixed materials rather than just one. You may be surprised at what they determined.
By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 30, 2016 at 5:36 AM
When you think of the forthcoming LA Auto Show and Los Angeles in general, you may think of (1) very expensive, very large vehicles being piloted by very egotistical stars and (2) very jammed freeways full of the aforementioned, as well as numerous other vehicles of a less ostentatious variety.