Toward smarter manufacturing and materials At the U.K.'s new Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, engineers and innovators have at their disposal some of the world's most advanced design and manufacturing assets for precision engineering.
More electric, integrated fuel systems Engine system reliability can be improved by advanced electric architectures, while the reduction of hydraulic components, fuel tubes, and fittings can enhance the maintainability of the engine and minimize pilot workload.
No hands, lots of brains A hefty amount of computing power built with new hardware and software architectures will be needed when vehicles begin taking over
more of the driving tasks.
Aerodynamics and flow simulations
come of age With the advent of faster computers, engineers are using CFD software
as a practical tool, shaping designs early in the product development
cycle. The challenges today are in how best to use it and by whom.
New rules shuffle the F1 deck New turbocharged hybrid-electric power units and revised
aerodynamics may scramble the familiar order in Formula One for 2014.
Stars of the show floor The editors of Automotive Engineering annually select from among
SAE World Congress exhibitors the technologies that meet their
criteria for a coveted Tech Award. Judging is based on level of design
and engineering innovation, uniqueness, potential for 'real world'
production application, and potential benefit for industry customers
and end users. Read on for articles on the five SAE 2014 Tech Award
winners, followed by briefs on additional show-floor highlights that
we call 'What’s New.'
Methodology developed for safer hood design The methodology enables material selection and design optimization of energy absorbers for pedestrian protection based on a simple laboratory test and FE model, eliminating the need for extensive vehicle testing.
Developing a winning formula It’s been 20 years since the University of Michigan won a Formula SAE championship. Sick of getting smoked in recent years by top teams from Germany and the U.S., MRacing is going "big aero" for a better crack at the 2014
Synergistic opportunities abound The horizontal deployment of technologies and knowledge evident in mass-market personal mobility needs to be scaled up in magnitude and performance for commercial vehicles.
Q&A with Dr. V Sumantran The Hinduja Group’s Executive Vice Chairman talks about his company’s award-winning vehicle and related commercial-vehicle topics.
The future of electric and hybrid vehicles in India Technical and political challenges alike have held back the electric and hybrid market, but there are signs of hope.
Inside the cell walls The high cost of lithium-ion batteries is a prison that has largely kept electric vehicles off the street; the keys to their release are more effective—but not more expensive—cell chemistries.