In the quest for greater fuel economy, engineers have been squeezing excess weight out of every part of the vehicle. but an item that has mostly escaped their focus, is the heavy drive axle in pickups and large SUVs. In this episode of SAE Eye on Engineering, Editor-In-Chief Lindsay Brooke looks at American Axle's new Quantum axle. SAE Eye on Engineering also airs Monday mornings on WJR 760 AM Detroit's Paul W. Smith Show. Access archived episodes of SAE Eye on Engineering.
When Ford decided to invest in aluminum body structures for its F-Series pickups, they made sure the 2018 Expeditions SUV was included in the product plan. In this episode of SAE Eye on Engineering, Editor-In-Chief Lindsay Brooke looks at the lightweight 2018 Ford Expedition. SAE Eye on Engineering also airs Monday mornings on WJR 760 AM Detroit's Paul W. Smith Show. Access archived episodes of SAE Eye on Engineering.
Spotlight on Design features video interviews and case study segments, focusing on the latest technology breakthroughs. Viewers are virtually taken to labs and research centers to learn how design engineers are enhancing product performance/reliability, reducing cost, improving quality, safety or environmental impact, and achieving regulatory compliance. In the episode Composite Materials: Advanced Materials and Lightweighting (30:20), Molded Fiber Glass Companies, known for its deep involvement in the creative development of the molded fiberglass process for the Corvette, demonstrates the manufacturing of sheet molded composite for fiberglass parts. Tanom Motors introduces the Tanom Invader, a blend between an automobile and a motorcycle made exclusively with composite materials. Finally, Euro-Composites demonstrates the manufacturing of honeycomb core material made out of aramid paper and phenolic resin used in aircraft structures.