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Design

Two-Stroke Future for Heavy-Duty Engine Braking

It is thankfully rare that the driver of a heavy truck or bus loses control of the vehicle because of brake failure caused by overheating the foundation brakes. This is partly because of...

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Software

Savant and EMIT Simulation Software

The latest release of ANSYS' Savant and EMIT software gives engineers the power to design and predict the performance of installed antenna and radio frequency (RF) environments quickly and more...

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Electronics & Computers

Vin Dc/dc Controller

Texas Instruments’ 2.2-MHz, dual-channel synchronous buck converter offers a unique set of features designed to significantly reduce electromagnetic interference and high-frequency noise in high-voltage dc/dc...

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Product Briefs
Manufacturing & Prototyping

CAN-Enabled Electrohydraulic Mobile Valve

Eaton’s CMA Advanced Mobile Valve with Independent Metering offers manufacturers numerous possibilities to differentiate machine capabilities. The CAN-enabled electrohydraulic mobile valve...

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Automotive

Altair Names 2016’s Lightweight Standouts

The auto industry’s annual award program devoted exclusively to vehicle mass-reduction innovations recently named General Motors' Cadillac CT6 and ContiTech’s polyamide crossbeam as winners...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Chipping away at Power Module Temperatures

Semiconductors are tiny compared to the off-highway vehicles that carry them, but their thermal issues aren’t small. Keeping the sub-micron elements of a chip cool is a major challenge for the...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Commercial Vehicles in a Digital World

“We don’t want to have a Detroit and a Las Vegas,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) at an international press workshop in advance of...

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Briefs
Test & Measurement

The Effect of Substrate Emissivity on the Spectral Emission of a Hot-Gas Overlayer

Recently, in operando optical investigations of high temperature solid oxide electrochemical cells (SOECs) have gained significant traction with several...

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Briefs
Aerospace

Process Approach to Determining Quality Inspection Deployment

As new technologies are implemented in manufacturing areas, inspection processes will be affected. Often because product quality has increased or automated inspection equipment...

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Briefs
Defense

Experimental Setup to Assess Blast and Penetration- Induced Secondary Debris in a Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) Environment

As part of Project Agreement on Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT), the US Army Research...

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Briefs
Test & Measurement

Non-Contact Circuit for Real-Time Electric and Magnetic Field Measurements

An energized electric power cable generates low-frequency electric and magnetic fields that are related to the voltages and currents. Especially at wavelengths...

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Photonics/Optics

Seeing the Light

In order to meet the requirements of current-generation military ruggedized displays and monitors, various technology innovations have been developed that allow for an enhanced user experience. Accommodating all of these...

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Aerospace

Multiple Node Networking Using PCIe Interconnects

PCI Express (PCIe) interconnects, and how they can be used to support multiple node low latency data transfers over copper or optical cables, is gaining momentum in embedded computing...

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Test & Measurement

Analyzing Radar Signals with Demodulation

In the electronic warfare milieu, one of the most common RF applications is that of radar systems. Radar, which uses RF energy to determine the range, angle, and/or velocity of objects, detects...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Combining Software and Hardware for Highly Specialized Multichannel Spectrum Monitoring

Systems specifically designed for spectrum monitoring applications typically acquire RF signals from a reference antenna or downlink, analyze the shape...

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Electronics & Computers

Advanced Thermal Management Solutions

Now more than ever, devices with increasing power and smaller footprints are demanding a good stable cost effective thermal management solution. Fortunately many options are available today. However, for...

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Defense

Thermoelectric Cooling

There are many places one can go to get an outline on the pros and cons of different methods for enclosure cooling. Although we will briefly touch on them here, this is really an in-depth article on how to choose a...

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Aerospace

Thermal Ground Planes Optimizing Heat Transfer in Aerospace and Defense Applications

Wide band gap (WBG) semiconductors are semiconductor materials that allow higher voltages, higher frequencies and operation at higher temperatures over...

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Electronics & Computers

Thermal Management of Laser Diodes

High-power laser diodes can generate a great deal of heat. Even for laser diodes operating with 70% or higher efficiency, a large amount of applied energy is converted to heat. Since the performance and...

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Application Briefs
Electronics & Computers

Avionics Upgrades

ARC® Avionics Corporation (ARC)
Kirkland, WA
425-576-5030
www.arcavionics.com/

ARC® Avionics Corporation (ARC), a wholly-owned business unit of AirSpeed® Engineering (ASE) and host MRO Commercial Jet,...

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Application Briefs
Defense

Clean Sky Open Rotor Engine Components

+44 (0)1527 517 715
www.gkn.com/aerospace

GKN Aerospace has delivered the two rotating frames for a major research program exploring open rotor aero-engine designs with a goal of achieving a 20%...

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Products
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Analog-to-Digital Converter

The new EV12AD550 1.5GSps ADC from e2v (Chelmsford, UK) supports high dynamic range at 4.5GHz and S-band direct digitization, which enables space systems to avoid costly down conversion requirements. Future...

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Products
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Aerospace Composites

Victrex (West Conshohocken, PA) launched a new line of PAEK-based composites for the aerospace industry in the form of unidirectional (UD) tape and laminate panels. Introduced under the brand VICTREX® AE250 composites,...

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Products
Defense

Rugged Data Recorders

DTS (Seal Beach, CA) has released SLICE HG, a new standalone 3-channel system; 31.75 mm in diameter × 42.52 mm; 20,000 g shock-rated; programmable bandwidth DC to 40 KHz; with adjustable sampling 10 to 500,000 sps/ch....

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Products
Defense

Rugged Sunlight Readable Tablet

AMREL (Los Angeles, CA) announced the launch of APEX PX5, a 10.1" fully rugged, sunlight readable tablet. The APEX PX5 is built to meet modern demands with a tough magnesium chassis and a durable ABS plastic...

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Products
Manufacturing & Prototyping

DC/DC Converters

Gaia Converter (Laval, QC, Canada) has extended its ultra-wide input voltage range DC/DC Converters platform to the new High Rel MGDD-08 series, targeting military and airborne applications. The MGDD-08 Series 9-60V &...

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Products
Defense

VPX™ ExpressFabric® Switch

Concurrent Technologies (Woburn, MA) recently announced FR 341/x06, a new 3U VPX™ ExpressFabric® switch. FR 341/x06 supports six payload boards and is based around an Avago Technologies PEX9700 series device...

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Products
Defense

Waveguide Mixer

Anritsu Company (Richardson, TX) has introduced the MA2806A High Performance Waveguide Mixer that can be integrated with its MS2830A Spectrum/Signal Analyzer to create a millimeter-wave (mmWave) measurement solution. When...

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News
Automotive

In Aftertreatment, less Is More

For design teams focused on aftertreatment, reducing package size has become almost as important as removing emissions. Combining catalysts, improving filters and integrating sensors are a few of the...

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Transportation

First Chevrolet Medium-Duty Truck Rolls off Assembly Line at Spartan Motors

Spartan Motors, along with General Motors and Isuzu Commercial Truck of America executives, celebrated the new Chevrolet medium-duty, gasoline-powered trucks as...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Big-Time 3D Printing: Building an Excavator, Layer by Layer

3D printing a car is impressive enough; building an excavator, layer by layer, is downright unimaginable. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have not only...

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Technology Report
Green Design & Manufacturing

GM, Honda Execs Agree: Higher Octane Gas Needed to Optimize ICE Efficiency

Raising the octane level of pump gasoline in the U.S. is integral to optimizing advanced combustion engines now in development, said GM and Honda executives at the...

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Transportation

Tenneco's Predictive Active Ride Control May Doom the Anti-Roll Bar

Are the anti-roll bar’s days numbered? The answer is probably “yes” — at least for premium-model cars and light trucks, as advanced active ride control systems...

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Technology Report
RF & Microwave Electronics

JLR Prepares to Leave the Road — Autonomously

JaguarLandRover engineers are confident that when a driver of one of their future all-terrain autonomous vehicles wants to leave the pavement, technology will...

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Energy

BMW I3 Battery Replacement Is $16,000

What happens if you buy an electric car and, at some point in your ownership, have to replace the battery?

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Q&A
Propulsion

Sustainable Transformation—the Daimler Way

Interviewed by Automotive Engineering European Editor Stuart Birch, Anke Kleinschmit, Vice President Group Research and Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer, Daimler AG, addressed...

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Product Briefs
Electronics & Computers

Smart Force Sensor

Design engineers can now rapidly evaluate and deploy new human-machine interface devices using Maxim Integrated Products’ MAXREFDES82# smart force sensor reference design, according to the company. Typical weigh scales...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Revving up Thermal Characterization in the Component Lab

The dangers of faulty car airbags recently have become all too clear. The product-liability issues associated with airbags and the largest, most costly automotive recall in history...

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Global Vehicles
Transportation

All-New 2017 Porsche Panamera Moves to VW Modular Platform

Creating any new Porsche is one of the most challenging design and engineering tasks in the auto industry. Whether sports car, sedan or SUV it has to embody the essence of the...

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Product Briefs
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Molded Seals

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (Minneapolis, MN) features a large inventory of standard size molded Quad Brand family of products including Quad O-Rings, Quad-Rings and Quad Rubber Balls for sealing in a range of industry applications. The sealing products are offered in select sizes in small to large quantities for 48-hour lead time...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Molded Current Sense Resistors

The new SLN5 molded current sense resistor line from KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) features a 7-watt power rating in 4527 size. Used primarily for current detection, the SLN5 resistor is suitable for...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Polymer Range for Electronics

Solvay Engineering Plastics (Brussels, Belgium), a global specialist in polyamide-based engineering plastics, has developed a new Technyl range for the demanding environment of automotive electronic...

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Product Briefs
Test & Measurement

Connected-Car Test Solution

Anritsu Co. (Richardson, TX) introduces Cellular Module Test Application (CMTA) software for its Signaling Testers MD8475A/B, which provides test cases to simplify testing chipsets and automotive-related...

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Aerospace

Zero-Emissions Electric Aircraft: Theory vs Reality

Many different electrically propelled aircraft have been or are soon to be flying. Recently a zero-emissions electric aircraft, Solar Impulse, flew around the world with zero fuel....

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RF & Microwave Electronics

OTA Updating Brings Benefits, Challenges

The race to build up an infrastructure for over-the-air (OTA) updating is heating up as suppliers go all-out to gain a spot in a field that’s expected to see momentous growth. Warranty costs,...

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Test & Measurement

New Virtual Tools Tackle Real-World Emissions Testing

“Real-world” fuel consumption and emissions testing is becoming central to OEM new car/new powertrain programs. But it brings new challenges and...

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Transportation

2017 Nissan Titan Gets New Platform, Powertrain, Cab and Bed Features

The second-generation Nissan Titan launches with the model's first-ever single cab and adds a direct-injection V8 and 7-speed transmission plus significantly improved...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Bearing Preload Series Expansion

Smalley Steel Ring Co. (Lake Zurich, IL) has expanded its bearing preload (SSB) series to add diameters ranging from 9 to 13 mm. With this expansion, more than 300 SSB series springs are stocked in carbon...

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Product Briefs
Test & Measurement

Power Tester

The MicReD Power Tester 600A from Mentor Graphics Corp. (Wilsonville, OR) tests electric and hybrid vehicle (EV/HEV) power electronics reliability during power cycling. The device allows EV/HEV development and reliability...

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Product Briefs
RF & Microwave Electronics

In-Vehicle LED Lamp Module-To-Board Connectors

Developed for connecting in-vehicle LED lamp modules to control boards, Panasonic Corp.’s (Osaka, Japan) connectors improve designing in-vehicle LED lighting. The “board-to-FPC connector"...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Advances in Vision-Aided Navigation Keep Soldiers on Track

The Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, is using miniature cameras to create vision-aided navigation...

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Aerospace

Researcher Creates System to Control Robots With the Brain

A researcher at Arizona State University has discovered how to control multiple robotic drones using the human brain. A controller wears a skull cap outfitted with 128 electrodes...

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Defense

Navy Grant Fuels Effort to Improve Safety of Military Technology

An Indiana University expert in the high-tech field of computer vision will collaborate with U.S. Navy engineers to improve the quality of microelectronic components used...

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Product Briefs
Software

Simulation Apps for Virtual Prototyping

Engineers at BE CAE & Test (Catania, Italy), a COMSOL- (Stockholm, Sweden) certified consultant, have taken the simulation process beyond the typical approach of “run a test/deliver a report.”...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Ford Promises Full-Autonomous Car in 2021

Get ready for the “pod” car: Ford announced today that it intends to mass-produce a driverless, fully autonomous vehicle for commercial ride-sharing or ride-hailing service in 2021.

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Electronics & Computers

Honda’s New E-Motor Magnet Aims to Mitigate China Rare-Earth Monopoly

Honda Motor Co. and Daido Steel Ltd. recently scored a strategic win when they announced the first production application of a new magnet material for electrified...

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Propulsion

C3 Consortium Aims for Soot Solution

Predicting more accurately what happens in the complex chemical reactions between air and fuel when they are compressed and ignited in an IC engine’s combustion chamber—and solving the challenge...

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Software

Racing Toward Autonomous Future, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz Reveal Sultry, Drive-It-Yourself Concept Cars

In the autonomous-vehicle future, will the ultimate luxury become driving for yourself?

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Technology Report
Automotive

More Details Emerge of Citroën's New “Hydraulic Cushion” Suspension

First details are emerging of Citroën’s new vehicle refinement package including an innovative suspension system, the existence of which...

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What's Online
Green Design & Manufacturing

Navy Ship Completes Test Trials Using 100% Renewable Diesel

It’s a first for a U.S. Navy ship: running on 100% renewable fuel, that is.

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News
Defense

Growing Pains (And Gains) of P&W's Pure Power Engine

After many years of flat-lining in the supply of new commercial jet engines—with improved models, but with designs dating back to the late 1990s, relying on a continuous path of...

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Editorial
Regulations/Standards

Bad Gas?

It’s often the case with proverbs that many are of uncertain derivation. That’s true of one of my go-to favorites: “May you live in interesting times.”

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Aerospace

Carbon Nanotube “Stitches” Strengthen Aircraft Composites

The newest passenger jets are made primarily from advanced composite materials such as carbon fiber reinforced plastic — extremely light, durable materials. But composite...

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Test & Measurement

NASA’s Pressure-Sensitive Paint Tests Aircraft Designs

NASA’s bright pink Pressure-Sensitive Paint (PSP) is helping to test new aircraft designs. A thin coat of PSP is sprayed onto the model that will be tested in the wind tunnel and...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Lattice Structure Absorbs Propeller Vibrations

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a lattice structure capable of absorbing a wide range of vibrations while also being useful as a load-bearing component in propellers, rotors, and...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Self-Piercing Rivets Shoot for Vehicle-Lightweighting Applications Beyond Aluminum

Growth of lightweight vehicle body and closure panel applications in the coming years, and particularly greater use of aluminum, is driving increased use...

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