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SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: December 2019

2019-12-05
Heavy-duty engine design What are the most significant factors influencing the way engine developers approach near-term design and development cycles? Two experts provide their insights from recent programs. Reducing winter range loss for electric trucks Researchers at the Austrian Institute of Technology have developed an air exchange system that's capable of reducing heat load by 37% in real-world tests. Narrower focus, bigger payoff Design teams are targeting focused markets for their commercial electric-vehicle programs to combat challenges like range and infrastructure. Removing complexity for autonomous trucks Narrowing the operating domains for driverless commercial vehicles reduces the requirements of autonomous technology and speeds time to market. Plastics innovations 2019 The 49th annual SPE Automotive Awards highlight the ongoing benefits of lightweight polymers and composites.
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Aerospace & Defense Technology: December 2019

2019-11-28
Engineered Solutions for Enclosure Sealing and Insulation Tips for Reducing Error When Using Eddy Current Measuring Techniques Reducing the High Cost of Titanium Streamlining Post-Processing in Additive Manufacturing Software-Defined Analog Filters: A Paradigm Shift in Radio Filter Performance and Capability SDR Interface for the NeXtRAD Multistatic Radar System Electrodeposition of Metal Matrix Composites and Materials Characterization for Thin-Film Solar Cells Metal matrix composites, which consist of silver-multiwalled carbon nanotube-silver, layer-by-layer stacks, can electrically bridge the cracks (>40 μm) that appear in semiconductor substrates and the composite grid lines. Sensing Applied Load and Damage Effects in Composites with Nondestructive Techniques Comparing and correlating piezoelectrically induced guided waves, acoustic emission, thermography, and X-ray imaging to determine the effects of applied load on a composite structure.
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MOMENTUM: NOVEMBER 2019

2019-11-04
Getting an engineering foundation through Formula SAE Having an underclassman with no leadership experience as team captain proved to be no hindrance to the University of Texas-Arlington Formula SAE team. Experience and innovation walk hand in hand Team from Pontifical Catholic University carries success in native Brazil to U.S. in SAE Aero Design competition. ‘Complete, finish, win’ University of Stuttgart team rides that motto to victories and podium finishes by the dozen.
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Automotive Engineering: November/December 2019

2019-11-01
State of charge With just 16 hours to complete a three-state, 600-plus-mile roundtrip, we judge whether the nation's non-Tesla fast-charging network is a match for the new breed of long-range EVs like Jaguar's inspired 2019 I-Pace. More sting for the Stingray GM Propulsion engineers elevate the evergreen small-block V8 to new heights for its mid-engine Corvette mission. ACeDrive consortium plans more-efficient EV powertrain Led by GKN, the ACeDrive consortium is developing lighter and more-efficient EV propulsion, targeting volume production in 2023. Tricks of the EV trade Why Volvo uses starter-generators and raised tunnels for its electrified vehicles.
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Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: November 2019

2019-11-01
Editorial Bill Visnic: Expect the unexpected The Navigator Sam Abuelsamid: Separating illusion from magic in AV deployment The Road to Automobility The era of electrified, self-driving vehicles is upon us. Engineers are key to the transformation - with much hard work still to be done. Far and Away: Remote Drivers Monitor Autonomous Vehicles Remote operators are helping autonomous shuttles and other AVs navigate through complex situations. Mapping Canada - Centimeter by Centimeter A Montreal-based company leverages artificial intelligence to take on the task of developing high-definition maps of Canada. You've Lost That Queasy Feeling… Transcontinental research aims to understand the complex nature of motion sickness to help improve the automated-vehicle experience. 3D Sonar Sees Objects Overlooked by Costlier Sensors A dream of robotic fish inspires inexpensive automated-driving sensing technology that works for the critical areas close to the vehicle.
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SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: October 2019

2019-10-03
On the verge of the Digital Age Increasingly connected electrohydraulic systems and machine controls allow the high degree of controllability that's essential for automated operations. Miserly power systems Engineers push engine, transmission technologies to turn off fuel usage. All options on the table Powertrain developers who spoke at SAE COMVEC are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to trim emissions. Cab air quality: A critical component of operator comfort Focus on defining cab air quality, measuring it, and designing the needed performance into cabin designs and HVAC systems is intensifying. Expanding fast charging faster Tritium works to accelerate installation of DC fast-charging infrastructure to keep up with growing demand for commercial EVs.
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MOMENTUM: OCTOBER 2019

2019-10-01
Advanced Class Starship Georgia Tech team right on the mark with glider-deploying RC aircraft at SAE Aero Design competition. 75 points Much more time and energy go into a Formula SAE Presentation Event than one might think. Major redesign A new electronic CVT highlighted a year of major vehicle upgrades for the historically strong Baja SAE team from ETS.
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Automotive Engineering: October 2019

2019-10-01
Conti suits up A team of young innovators aims to transform a critical piece of safety equipment - and create new business - through collaboration. Casting around for lightweight The U.K.'s Grainger & Worrall is introducing and perfecting "new and imaginative" casting technologies. Optimizing NVH for EVs Unique acoustic and harmonic challenges require an integrated approach to simulation and analysis. An expert at Adaptive Corp. explains. The new gas tank: Constellium readies its first OEM EV battery tray Global Tier-1 aluminum specialist Constellium's first OEM EV battery enclosure is a far cry, engineering-wise, from the century-old fuel tank. Editorial Losing the plot of the Engineering story?
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Aerospace & Defense Technology: October 2019

2019-09-26
Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Vehicles A "STEP" Forward for Product Lifecycle Management The Challenge of Replacing Hard Chrome Defining an Open System Architecture Standard for Defense Systems Solid-State Microwave Power Module Defeating Commercial Drone Threats with Open-Source SDR Influence of Leading-Edge Oscillatory Blowing on Time-Accurate Dynamic Store Separation Developing an understanding of, and potentially controlling, pitch bifurcation of a store release from an aircraft during flight could improve weapons delivery. Green's Function Extraction from Atmospheric Acoustic Propagation Understanding what affects acoustic waves propagating in the atmosphere is important for a variety of military applications including the development of new remote sensing techniques.
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Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: September 2019

2019-09-05
Editorial The new 'face' of privacy The Navigator No trust in AI systems without data protection Innovation Nation In the mobility space, Israel is rivaling Silicon Valley for smarts and start-ups - and beats it in chutzpah. Autonomy in your Face Biometric technology is deemed essential to ensuring AV driving safety and advancing the user experience-if privacy issues don't derail its deployment. About Face! To win acceptance, deployment of facial-recognition technology needs to fit within a picture-perfect consumer and legal framework that balances benefits with privacy protection. The Vehicle as Gaming Device Audi spin-off Holoride uses VR to turn the back seat into an entertainment platform. BlackBerry Tech Duo Sees Emergence of Vehicle-based Platforms Though likely to provide the OS of autonomy, BlackBerry also anticipates a larger shift to automobiles as software platforms.
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MOMENTUM: SEPTEMBER 2019

2019-09-01
The car is the star at Formula SAE 2019 saw more Formula SAE competitions, more cars, more teams…and more victories. Air mission Introduction of autonomous gliders were among the changes implemented for SAE Aero Design 2019. Baja believers The battle for the Baja SAE season championship went down to the wire, as usual. Competition comes to Mcity University of Toronto repeats as winner in the second year of the AutoDrive Challenge.
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Automotive Engineering: September 2019

2019-09-01
Engineering the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette The eighth-gen (C8) Corvette is a creative mix of novel and traditional technical solutions - unleashed at a shockingly low base price. Stuck on structural adhesives As the need for lighter materials and enhanced body performance intensifies, structural adhesives flourish as a materials-joining solution. Rethinking ADAS materials New specialized thermoplastics offer greater design freedom to improve sensor performance and packaging, at reduced cost. Inside VW's expanding Silicon Valley lab The pioneering California innovation hub enters its third decade on a new wave of innovation.
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Aerospace & Defense Technology: September 2019

2019-08-29
Air Caster Technology Safeguard Satellites During Assembly and Testing Operational Considerations for High-Reliability Interconnects in Military and Aerospace Applications Understanding Fiber Optic Transceiver Design and Test Rules Acceleration Resistant HiK Heat Spreader Shape-Shifting Origami Could Help Antenna Systems Adapt On-the-Fly NASA Eyes GPS at the Moon for Artemis Missions Spatiotemporal Imaging Exploiting Structured Sparsity Overcoming the conventional limits of spatiotemporal imaging by applying compressed sensing and sparse representations to reduce the amount of data acquired while maintaining high image resolution.
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SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: August 2019

2019-08-01
Electric machines find their niche Smaller machines working in cities are particularly ripe for electrification, but most off-highway applications will retain the internal-combustion engine. Big data, big benefits Data mining helps users and equipment developers use data from on-vehicle sensors to work more efficiently. Data connectivity in harsh environments Ensuring high-speed data transmission requires OEM designers to think more about components, placement and the impact of environmental conditions early in design. Trucks with intuition Perceptive Automata partners with Volvo Trucks to demonstrate AI technology that can determine when pedestrians will cross the road. Change is afoot Cummins and its CTO help focus the 2019 SAE COMVEC on the fast-shifting technology landscape that faces both on- and off-highway sectors. Editorial AI, ADAS & AVs-oh my!
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Automotive Engineering: July/August 2019

2019-07-25
Extending the ICE age Future vehicle propulsion is not a single-solution challenge. Top engineers take Automotive Engineering into the next combustion-engine frontier. FCA's Micky Bly amping up electrification New powertrain boss Micky Bly and his team are building an advanced propulsion-strategy roadmap that includes at least one more ICE development cycle. Ford's Dave Filipe has some powerful choices to make These are interesting days for those managing global propulsion portfolios, but Ford's powertrain lead says a smart team has him relishing the challenges. GM's Ken Morris lives the pace of the powertrain revolution The purview of GM's VP of global product integrity includes the rapidly-shifting landscape of powertrain engineering. Hyundai's John Juriga optimizing ICE and fuels Hyundai is building on its lean-combustion knowledge in a DoE-sponsored collaborative program with MTU and Phillips 66.
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Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: July 2019

2019-07-05
Editorial The consolidation plot thickens The Navigator As the world turns to C-V2X, Europe picks WiFi Complexity of Autonomous-Systems Simulation, Validation Soars to the Clouds Scalable, cloud-based architectures are gaining greater acceptance for simulating and testing the myriad development aspects of automated driving. Connectivity Solutions for AVs The promises of fully connected autonomous vehicles are great, but so are the challenges. What M&E Can Teach the AV Industry About Data Media & entertainment offers important learnings on data retention, management, scalability and security. The Rodney Dangerfield of Automated-Driving Sensors Radar and lidar get all the attention, but Inertial Measurement Units are the backbone of sensor fusion. Suppliers are scrambling to make IMUs more accurate-and much less expensive. The Sense-itive Side of Autonomous Vehicles BASF is exploring how specific materials-and even paint colors and finishes-can improve the capabilities of AV sensors.
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Automotive Engineering: June 2019

2019-06-06
Rethinking aluminum for NVH abatement Engineers, abandon those mastics! New "quiet" materials solutions are at hand. Paradigm shift in NVH A new wave of vehicle technologies is changing the way Brüel & Kjaer attacks noise, vibration and harshness. How a Tier 2 tackles NVH Saint-Gobain invested in anechoic testing so small components can make a big NVH difference. Reducing NVH through refined powertrain measurement The C1000 vastly simplifies measuring the mass matrix of heavy, odd shaped engines and powertrains. Foam for NVH solutions New innovations for a wide variety of sound-deadening applications. Long time coming: 2020 Corvette After six decades of teasing enthusiasts with intriguing concepts, Chevrolet is launching an all-new Corvette with its engine located where Zora intended-behind the driver. Protecting high-voltage circuits Yazaki readies a new solution for arc suppression in circuits of 48V or more.
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Aerospace & Defense Technology: June 2019

2019-06-01
Eyes in the Sky Rugged High-Speed Cameras Capture Critical Flight Test Video Data Panoramic Thermal Imaging Technology A New Concept in Naval Defense Coating Technology Enables Effective Missile Countermeasures FACE™ - Future Airborne Capability Environment Diminishing U.S. Combat Superiority Drives New Software Development Requirements Broadband 1.2- and 2.4-mm Gallium Nitride (GaN) Power Amplifier Designs Multi-Agent RF Propagation Simulator Electrical Characterization of Crystalline UO2, THO2 and U0.71TH0.29O2 Evaluating the suitability of advanced alloys for use in uranium-based neutron detectors. ONR Short Pulse Research, Evaluation and non-SWaP Demonstration for C-sUAV Study Research project is designed to map small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAV) effects space, empirically and by simulation, as a function of high power microwave (HPM) waveform to develop effective countermeasures.
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SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: June 2019

2019-06-01
Bullish on biomethane The CEO of CNH Industrial says biomethane is cleaner path than electric, as Case demos the alt fuel in cool wheel-loader concept. Unique hybrids required Power systems expert at Perkins stresses that on-highway electric solutions cannot be directly applied to the more-rugged and varied applications in off-highway. Getting driverless trucks onto roadways Autonomous developers at TuSimple address many technical issues, but they also must consider regulations and operating modes. Stronger, quieter cabs Worthington expert sees AHSS and active noise cancellation making off-highway cabs safer and less-stressful places to work. Hydrogen boom! Nikola reveals Two and Tre fuel-cell trucks and its H2 fueling roadmap, as well as battery-electric military and powersports vehicles. Rearview cameras come into sight Momentum is building behind replacing mirrors with camera monitor systems as the technology edges closer to regulatory approval.
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