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Axial Flux E-Motor Maker Progresses Toward Mobility, Alters Cooling Design

SAE Media first introduced readers to Infinitum in last year’s roundup of e-motor developments. (LINK) The company claims it made a 50% smaller and lighter...

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Power

Schaeffler Heads Back to CES with New Acquisition, Capabilities

Schaeffler Group, energized by a new acquisition and a new tagline “we pioneer motion,” will showcase new capabilities at CES in January — its first appearance at the...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Multimatic ‘Legs’ for Ferrari’s New Thoroughbred

The Ferrari Purosangue scurries up the snowbound pitches of Italy’s Monte Bondone, the Alpine peak whose auto-hillclimb exploits date to 1925. Ferrari’s first “SUV” —...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

WCX 2023: Biomimicry Inspires Product Development

Nature has always served as a giant classroom where problem-solving lessons are taught — a “storehouse of inspiration for new and different ideas,” noted Trisha Brown, co-director...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Designing for 200 BMEP and 22,000 Rpm

Fire-bombing destroyed Japan’s 66 largest cities and their industry during World War II. After the war, over 200 makers of light motorbikes sprang into being because such transportation could be...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

New Ampere EV Motor Aims for Power, Torque Benchmarks

Consider an EV traction motor rated at 220 kW and weighing 10 kg (22 lb). Is it too good to be true? “We’ll find out within nine months when we build it,” said Ian Foley,...

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Technical Innovation
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Freudenberg Designs New Seal to Cut Contamination, Improve Top-Speed Performance

Maximum efficiency under extreme operating conditions is critical for off-highway machinery. Downtime and malfunctions lead to reductions in profitability....

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Articles
Imaging

Air Caster Technology

If there is a prime example of the need for friction-free, precise and delicate equipment movement in the aerospace and defense industries, satellite positioning during the testing cycle should be at the top of the...

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Technical Innovation
Transportation

Ford Revisits OHV Layout, Big Displacement for New Commercial-Truck V8

In a still-heated market for highly profitable heavy-duty pickups and commercial vehicles, Ford doesn’t intend to be outdone by General Motors’ and...

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What We’re Driving
Propulsion

2020 Toyota Supra Launch Edition

Toyota sought to channel its 2000 GT and Supra sportscar heritage with the introduction of the 2020 Supra, but in the process the company also forecast the future.

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Technology Report
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Mercedes-AMG Extracts World-Record Power from New Four-Cylinder Engine

Mercedes-Benz engineers delight in setting new technology records—because they can then start a new program to break them. At Mercedes-AMG—the out-and-out...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

SKF Employs Digital Tools to Enhance Bearing Design, Performance

It began with spherical roller bearings more than 100 years ago and now SKF finds itself amid a digital transformation. Over the years the bearing company has expanded...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

German University Installing Advanced Simulator to Study Autonomous-Vehicle Handover

Researchers at Germany’s Kempten University of Applied Sciences plan to embark this year on autonomous vehicle (AV) and advanced driver-assist system...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

NASA Highlights Material and Coating Technology Ready for Commercial Applications

Innovations in materials and coatings have enabled countless NASA missions since the agency’s inception. The research that goes into developing these...

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Road Ready
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

2019 Chevrolet Blazer: Sharply Styled and Right-Sized for the Voracious SUV Market

Leaving its dirt roots in the past, the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is a stylish, on-road-focused 2-row SUV that slots between Chevy’s Equinox and...

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Materials

Top Mass-Cutting Innovations Receive Altair Enlighten Awards

Employing a mixed-material strategy that includes the latest advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) and shedding 450 lb (205 kg) compared to its predecessor are major reasons why...

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Power

Schaeffler ‘On a Journey’ of Propulsion Transformation

There might be few more incisive examples of the industry’s organic technology transformation than what’s going on with Germany’s Schaeffler. The company’s name...

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Materials

BMW’s Back at Carbon Fiber with Award-Winning Motorcycle Swingarm

BMW rocked the composites world late last year when it announced it was selling its stake in the heralded Moses Lake, WA carbon-fiber production joint venture called SGL...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Plain Bearings for Aerospace Applications

Plain bearings are used across a wide range of aerospace applications to help achieve better fuel efficiency, extend maintenance intervals, and lower carbon emissions. These applications include...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

On-Orbit Satellite Refueling Flow Measurement

Over 7000 satellites have been placed in Earth-orbit since the beginning of the space age. 3000 are currently in orbit, of which 1000 are active, making our near space neighborhood a...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

New Generation Orbital X Motors

Danfoss Power Solutions’ (Ames, IA) new generation Orbital X motors increase flexibility in use, improve application performance and reduce total cost of ownership for OEMs. Two new modular platforms will...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Wear-Resistant Pumps

Duechting Pumpen’s WRX single-stage centrifugal pumps were developed for the transportation of abrasive materials and are suited for use in dredgers and other applications in the mining and processing of gravel and...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Maintenance-Free Bearings

Aurora Bearing offers maintenance-free PTFE lined alternatives to fractured race and light series spherical bearings used in hydraulic cylinders in both metric and inch dimension series. The bearings are best used...

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Manned Systems

Eaton Names President of Vehicle Group, Asia Pacific

To be based in Shanghai, Krishnakumar “K.K.” Srinivasan was recently appointed by Eaton to the position of President, Vehicle Group, Asia Pacific, reporting to Ken Davis,...

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Product Briefs
Propulsion

Pump and Motor Series

Formerly part of Haldex, Concentric offers a range of low-noise, high-power density hydraulics products including the compact, durable Ferra pump and motor series designed for high-pressure applications in a space...

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Briefs
Physical Sciences

Bi-Axial Vibration Energy Harvesting

For air platforms, the installation of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) systems is complicated by the fact that the majority of SHM devices need to be fitted on internal aircraft structure, underneath...

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Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Encapsulated Ball Bearings for Rotary Micro Machines

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-fabricated silicon rotary elements for micro-motors, micro-generators, and micro-turbomachinery have received growing attention with applications in...

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Briefs
Materials

Nanodomain Model of Polymer-Derived Ceramics

Areport discusses a model developed to explain the unusual properties of polymer- derived ceramics (PDCs), which are so named because they are made by controlled pyrolysis of cross-linked polymers. PDCs are metastable ceramics that have potential to be further developed into high-temperature materials...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Eccentric Mounting and Adjustment System for Belt-Driven Devices

This design relates to an eccentric mounting and adjustment (EMA) system for belt driving, or for belt-driven devices, that is installed and operated within the restricted confines of an engine compartment, typically a motor vehicle. It satisfies two essential requirements for...