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2014-01-08
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With the world's first pickup featuring an all-aluminum body and cargo box and full LED lighting, Ford leapfrogs its domestic and Japanese competition in the highly profitable full-size truck segment. The structures feature 5xxx- and 6xxx-series alloy sheet, the latter with a T4 temper.
2014-01-08
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A widely used material for lightning strike protection of CFRP structures within the aerospace industry is expanded metal foil (EMF). An issue with EMF is micro cracking of the paint, which can result in corrosion of the metal foil and subsequent loss of conductivity. Boeing researchers examined the issues of stress and displacement in the composite structure layup, which contribute to paint cracking caused by aircraft thermal cycling.
2013-12-06
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If smaller and thinner particles can be aligned in a certain way, it may be possible for a battery to hold a charge 50% longer than current batteries can.
2013-12-04
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While shifting the manufacturing process of a composite part from pre-impregnated to a new liquid resin injection process, the Composites Development team at Bombardier Aerospace had to redesign the component to a new set of design allowables. The Integrated Product Development Team was able to quickly provide a turnkey solution that resulted in a positive business case for both weight and cost.
2013-11-26
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ARPA-e targets "robust" batteries that not only bear loads but also absorb crash-impact energy to save weight.
2013-11-25
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A "stretchy" polymer developed by scientists at Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA, could open a path to self-healing electrodes in the lithium-ion batteries of future electric vehicles.
2013-11-23
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Minnesota Rubber and Plastics modified a transmission oil seal assembly design and material using a high performance plastic polyetherimide and a fluoroelastomer o-ring.
2013-11-13
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Graco Supply now offers extended shelf-life options on pre-mixed frozen sealants for aircraft applications.
2013-11-13
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If batteries could be integrated directly into car structures such as doors and body panels, EVs could weigh less and travel farther on a single charge, according to Emile Greenhalgh, a researcher at The Composites Center of Imperial College London. Volvo recently demonstrated in an S80 sedan a prototype underhood plenum panel that is made of carbon-fiber composites that contain lithium-ion batteries.
2013-11-04
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With its new line of automotive fabric and leather concepts for customers worldwide, Lear’s seat surface material capabilities now extend to a full range of custom finishing techniques, including laser etching, embroidery, embossing, perforations, and polymer printing.
2013-11-01
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Company's new hot-rolling and cold-rolling lines in Oswego are part of major initiative to increase its already large market share.
2013-10-31
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The interior supplier showed five concept seats featuring customization via various secondary processes at its fall 2013 fashion show. One such advanced technology, polymer printing, enables Lear designers to create a unique look that is then laminated onto the leather as a 3-µm (118-µin) thick film.
2013-10-30
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Tata Steel announced plans to build a vacuum induction melting (VIM) furnace at its Stocksbridge site in South Yorkshire, U.K., to enable it to tap into new market opportunities and develop innovative new products for the aerospace and oil and gas industries.
2013-10-28
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Heavy use of automation, a strong concern for environmental impact, and innovation in materials and processing technologies are major elements in the BMW i3 body manufacturing story.
2013-10-25
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Carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoset composites continue to be difficult to recycle, as they are a complex mixture of different materials such as thermosetting polymers, carbon fibers, and fillers. Researchers from the Universite Du Quebec at Montreal, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, and the National Research Council Canada investigated using carded recycled carbon-fiber mats and epoxy resin to fabricate thermoset composite plates.
2013-10-25
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Long overshadowed by batteries, supercapacitors are exploiting niches in microhybrids and hybrid buses.
2013-10-16
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Allison Falender, Technology Manager for Shell’s Lubricants Discovery Hub, speaks with SAE Magazines about some cutting-edge lubricant technologies and how they can help OEMs meet stricter fuel-economy regulations.
2013-10-15
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Soform from Asahi Kasei Plastics is a specialty soft-touch polypropylene for automotive interior applications.
2013-10-14
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Advanced ultrahigh-strength cast ductile iron materials such as SiboDur provide a cost-competitive lightweight solution that can challenge aluminum for commercial-truck chassis, powertrain, and drivetrain applications.
2013-10-14
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One of the biggest challenges confronting electric and hybrid-electric vehicle designers today is how to manage the high temperatures stemming from the electrical losses associated with high-power electronics.
2013-10-14
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The U.S. Air Force awarded the Michigan State University College of Engineering and Boeing a contract worth up to $4 million to develop new designs of sensors that will better detect cracks in the second- and third-layers in airframe structures.
2013-10-08
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Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies’ Duo Forseal is a new design for double-acting polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) U-Cups that are used on direct-injection automotive systems to seal the pump plunger driven by the camshaft.
2013-10-04
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Assembly of large and complex carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components requires the use of liquid resin-based materials for applications such as shimming and aerodynamic sealing. These materials generally require curing times up to 12 h; heated air technology can reduce that time to 2 h.
2013-10-01
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Scigrip recently unveiled SG900 seaming adhesive designed for joining and seaming solid surfaces.
2013-09-27
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Using AM techniques, materials can be fused to form objects from 3-D models, building up structures iteratively instead of taking forgings and then machining material away.
2013-09-25
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Chemical reaction-based "thermal batteries" could provide HVAC services to lighten the load on electrochemical batteries.
2013-09-23
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NASA has selected six companies to participate in a government/industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification; the project seeks to reduce the time for development, verification, and regulatory acceptance of new composite materials and structures.
2013-09-23
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BASF basecoats' XSpark, a new automotive OEM special-effect coating, contains very fine glass particles that reflect light with greater precision, thus creating a pronounced sparkle.
2013-09-17
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Ruukki expands its range of Ramor protection steels with Ramor 550 grade, designed for ballistic protection.
2013-09-05
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Global thermoset material supplier Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (MSC) has announced a collaboration with the Fraunhofer Project Center for Composites Research at Western University (London, Ontario, Canada) with the goal of developing a total solutions approach to high-volume, lightweight composites manufacturing for the North American automotive market. 
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