• Driving EVs toward lower cost
    The race is on to reduce battery and electric-drive systems costs while improving efficiency.
  • Seeking ways to make better computer crashes
    New models and simulations help improve safety as software and hardware provide more realism to iterate designs more quickly.
  • Evaluating aluminum bonds
    Adhesively joined aluminum alloy sheets present challenges that steel-adhesive joints do not. Ford researchers present a modified technique to inspect Al-adhesive joints in lab and production environments.
  • Leading the attack on engine pumping losses
    Cylinder deactivation delivers real-world fuel economy gains, helping vehicles to meet and exceed their sticker numbers. That’s why the downsized/boosted guys now want it on their engines.
  • The advent of stop-start technology
    As environmental concerns grow for R&D teams, OEMs look to bring the strategy further into the mainstream.
  • Recycling opportunities for hybrid/electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries
    With limited reserves and strict environmental regulations, re-cyclers look to established extraction means to reuse, recycle, and dispose of the used batteries.
  • Cameras look to go the distance
    Automakers seek vision systems with greater distances, improved reliability, and more functionality, thanks to ruggedized complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technologies.
  • Getting right with composites
    With composites now a mainstay in most new aircraft de-signs, the engineering emphasis has switched from understanding if they work to thinking through the most efficient way to manufacture them, such as using design-for-manufacturing software.
  • Autonomous vehicles
    Unmanned vehicles are a thing of the present for many off-highway applications, particularly in the agriculture and mining industries.
  • Making sense of autonomy
    Industry offers a range of sensors that will free humans from many tasks while also improving reliability, though devising strategies that meet demanding requirements without breaking the bank is no easy challenge.
  • Life-cycle planning—Design and calibration for ultimate efficiency
    The ultimate power of Big Data technologies relies on the implementation of new strategies. Unlike a traditional engine calibration process, in which only calibration test data and model simulation data are used, multiple source data introduced into the adaptive engine calibration process contributes to efficiency and cost reduction.
  • The complicated future of off-highway engines
    Developing an optimum engine is getting tricky now that the European Union has established a Stage V for off-highway engines, and the U.S. has not. What effect will this have on future engine designs?
  • Combustion modeling in heavy-duty diesels
    A focus on the development of a CFD methodology for combustion simulations took two different approaches to model flame propagation, both of which employed detailed chemistry and turbulence chemistry interaction.
  • Big Data, aircraft, and a better future
    Aircraft manufacturers, in particular engine makers, are exploiting the opportunities that come with collecting the vast amount of data available, from customer reports to engine exhaust temperatures. Why is it potentially so useful? What are some of the best ways to use it?
  • Let the good times continue to roll
    The booming international commercial aviation sector continues to be a bright light leading the future of the aerospace industry.
  • Transmission: on a mission
    Ian Adcock speaks with Oerlikon Graziano’s head of performance, automotive, Paolo Mantelli, about the revolution ahead for transmission systems.
  • Inside the proving factory
    Ian Adcock reports on a new business model designed to bridge the skills gap between engineering start-ups and the motor industry.
  • Sensing danger, maximum response
    Automotive Design looks into passenger safety systems.