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Steel Targets EV Structures, Battery Boxes

The steel and aluminum industries are waging a new materials war that could determine which of the long-time competitors dominates EV structures in the next design cycle. Feeling the heat from...

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Manned Systems

Constructing Lightweight Bus Structures with Stainless Steel

The weight of a typical bus could be reduced by up to 35% – more than 1,000 kg (2,205 lbs.) – by using high-strength stainless steel to replace tubular bus-frame elements...

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Yokohama Rolls out Latest Off-Highway Radial

Yokohama announced a new off-highway radial tire as well as new sizes for existing tire families at CONEXPO 2023 in Las Vegas. The Galaxy Hippo all-steel radial high-traction loader tire was...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Battle for the Box

Whether you call them packs, boxes, or trays, the structures that envelop and protect EV battery cells and their supporting electrical and thermal-management hardware are among the industry’s top subsystem...

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Energy

Engineering Sustainability

Watching a junked school bus being fed into a mammoth hammer mill, which loudly pummeled the bus into fragments of metal, rubber, and plastic, was a sight I’ll never forget. I was visiting Huron Valley...

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Materials

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Enjoys Premium Assembly, Weight-Cutting Measures

As a veteran manufacturing engineer, Jill Fuel was an ideal choice for the project leader for the production launch of Honda’s 2022 Civic Hatchback at Honda's...

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Materials

Budget Airline Car Concept Is the Short-flight Alternative

Short-haul airline flights can be a great convenience for travelers, but they produce more CO2 emissions – about 250 g/km per person – than any other form of passenger...

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Imaging

Advancing Metrology at Mach Speed

Drone-mounted inspection tools are breaking barriers for the F-35.

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Energy

Steel Sector Aids Sustainability Efforts

Volvo Group partners with SSAB on ‘green steel’ for off-highway machines and with Ovako for access to fossil-free hydrogen.

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Materials

Altair Honors Weight-Saving Innovations

Sustainable and stylish: two words not commonly paired but that aptly apply to this year’s Altair Enlighten Award winner for Sustainable Product – Vehicle, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. The...

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Electronics & Computers

Pulse Plasma Nitriding for Aerospace Applications

Aerospace manufacturers who depend on nitriding components can benefit from greater uniformity of results, better-protected materials, and increased throughput.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Acura TLX Is Honda’s New Body-Build Benchmark

Honda body-engineering presentations have become a much-anticipated highlight of the annual Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) conference in Michigan. Honda’s ‘ACE’ vehicle structures are...

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Rechargeable Cement-Based Batteries

An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.

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Power

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Grows All Around

When engineering an upscale, 3-row Jeep SUV, the development spider charts must get pretty crowded. You’ll need lots of in-cabin technology and thoughtful features for the third-row family...

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Power

Lightweight Steel on a (Cold) Roll

Automotive OEMs are faced with the difficult task of significantly improving fuel economy and safety, while maintaining a competitive position in the market – as well as investing in the electrified...

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Materials

Model-Based Analysis of E-Motor Designs

In the auto industry’s shift toward electric vehicles (EV), permanent magnet motors (PMMs) are increasingly serving a variety of roles, including the vehicle’s traction motor and various...

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Engineering a ‘Beast’ of an Electric SUV

General Motors calls it a “beast,” a nickname that the 2022 GMC Hummer SUV earns on its numbers alone. Like the electric Hummer pickup, the SUV packs a propulsion system capable of...

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Manned Systems

Electric-Truck Battery Enclosures Balance Demands

Manufacturers of battery-electric commercial trucks have similar requirements for their battery enclosures as do their passenger-vehicle counterparts. Lightweight construction is very...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

More Bang for the Buck: A New Design and Manufacturing Method for Deep Penetrating Bomb Cases

There is a new way to design penetrators and projectiles: Composites.

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Nanotechnology

Virtual and Physical Testing of Third-Generation High Strength Steel

Developing lightweight, stiff and crash-resistant vehicle body structures requires a balance between part geometry and material properties. High-strength materials...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Tesla Casts a New Strategy for Lightweight Structures

Aluminum is synonymous with “weight-saving” in most contemporary automotive-engineering reference points. But apart from a few applications – most notably Ford’s F-Series...

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Materials

Tesla’s Cybertruck Is Audaciously Austenitic

Not since Ford’s epic switch to aluminum for its F-Series body structures has an automaker’s materials strategy created such a buzz. Tesla’s decision to use stainless steel for its...

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Unmanned Systems

Tata Steel Europe Innovates to Retain the Automotive Materials Lead

In the constantly evolving world of automaking, Dr. Karl Haider, Chief Commercial Officer of Tata Steel Europe (TSE) is certain of one thing: that steel will continue...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Toyota Improves ‘Little Things’ to Refine 2020 Highlander Manufacturing

Manufacturing the fourth generation of Toyota’s Highlander crossover unfolds in the 4.5 million sq-ft2 Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TTMI)...

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Electronics & Computers

Cutting Weight Seen as less Important in Automated and Shared Vehicles

After long demonstrating lightweighting with steel for contemporary passenger vehicles, the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) is slightly changing the tune...

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Nanotechnology

Mass-Reducing Innovations Honored by Altair

The 4th generation Jeep Wrangler, which eliminated 92 kg (203 lb) compared to the previous-generation vehicle, and Ferrari’s Portofino, which is 80 kg (176 lb) lighter yet 35%...

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Manned Systems

Volvo CE Trials 5G Mobile Connectivity

For years Volvo Construction Equipment has operated wheel loaders via remote control in underground mining operations, first for very dedicated tasks and more recently increasing the flexibility and...

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Aerospace

Stronger, Quieter Cabs

Worthington Industries made its first-ever appearance at bauma in April, showcasing the new Global Cab modular design along with its European manufacturing partner Fritzmeier. The cab’s length and width can be...

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Materials

Honda Brings ‘Totalled’ SUV to Auto Show Floor to Highlight Latest Advances in Crash-Safety Engineering

Most of the gleaming product gracing auto shows has been meticulously prepared for public display. In an unusual move, Honda...

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