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2008-06-30
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SAE International has adopted ARP4418A, an aerospace recommended practice that provides guidance to measure contaminant levels in engine bleed air used in aircraft environmental control systems.
2008-06-30
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he use of alternative, environmentally compatible power sources for aircraft is moving ahead cautiously. Although full details have not been released, Airbus has confirmed that it had successfully flight-tested a fuel-cell system in an A320 to power backup hydraulic and electric power systems.
2008-06-30
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When a new aerospace material is being developed, the companies or organizations involved must always consider the tooling that will be necessary to see it into production. Belgian tooling specialist Elsyca claims that its newly announced tooling design service for companies involved in coating and plating parts­ can provide up to a 30% reduction in lead times, a 20% reduction in materials wastage, and a 10% reduction in manpower.
2008-06-30
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ASB Avionics uses dual Ametek engine interface units (EIUs) to transform analog engine sensor data into a digital format for its engine instrument display (EID) system, approved by the FAA for the L382G (civilian version of the C-130H) cargo aircraft.
2008-06-30
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Very large aircraft do not necessarily have to impose high noise levels on the environment, a fact that has been demonstrated by the Airbus A380’s appearance at international air shows and during its world tours. Now, Airbus is claiming its A380 as the quietest long-range aircraft in service. The aircraft has received external noise levels validation from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. FAA.
2008-06-30
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Data from the tests of core components of a rocket engine from the Apollo era that carried the first Americans to the moon will help NASA build the next-generation engine that will power the new Ares launch vehicles, it says.
2008-06-30
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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory issued a contract to GE-Aviation to develop technology for the Highly Efficient Embedded Turbine Engine (HEETE) program focused on enhancing the endurance and range of next-generation mobility and unmanned applications.
2008-06-30
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Pratt & Whitney issued a contract to Volvo Aero to reduce the weight of the turbine exhaust case (TEC) for the GP7000 engine that powers the Airbus A380. As part of the agreement, Volvo Aero will assume responsibility for manufacturing and product support for the TEC during the engine’s lifetime.
2008-06-30
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Pratt & Whitney (P&W) claims it has developed more than 300 new repairs through the Scrap Avoidance and Value Engineering (SAVE) program, an initiative designed to repair or reuse engine parts that have been deemed unserviceable. Since its introduction in 2002, the program has saved customers more than $100 million, according to P&W.
2008-06-24
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Iveco has revised its EuroCargo medium-weight truck range. The most-visible changes have been applied to the cab. Externally, these include the grille and badging; inside is a new steering wheel, dashboard, and center module, while the gear lever has been moved to the dashboard to improve cross-cab access for multi-drop delivery drivers.
2008-06-24
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Alternative energy sources and combustion processes are getting ample focus from the industry as high fuel prices continue to keep the attention of consumers.
2008-06-24
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Seventeen college teams re-engineered a Chevrolet Equinox with the goal of improving fuel economy and reducing emissions without compromising the key attributes of the SUV. The final year of the Challenge X event wrapped with Mississippi State University winning the 2008 competition.
2008-06-24
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With environmental awareness at an all-time high and fuel prices just going in one direction, the real challenge for heavy-duty diesel engines is ahead: Bringing emissions further down while limiting the costs to clean the diesel.
2008-06-24
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Smith Electric Vehicles launched its latest electric-powered cargo van at the recent CV Show in Birmingham, England, and also a concept vehicle designed for the North American market. The new European model, based on the Ford Transit Connect cargo van, is badged Smith Ampere and carries dual Ford and Smith branding.
2008-06-24
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The company looks set to introduce a series-production hybrid Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cargo van. The company is about to begin trials of its “second generation” plug-in parallel hybrid Sprinter in the U.S. with a fleet of 11 vehicles.
2008-06-24
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PSA Peugeot Citroën recently demonstrated the H2Origin research vehicle, based on a Peugeot Partner Origin cargo van. The project is a joint development in partnership with U.K.-based Intelligent Energy, which provided the fuel-cell system, with part-funding from the U.K.’s Technology Strategy Board. The H2Origin was designed to extend the range of an electric variant of the Partner Origin from 78 to 308 km (48 to 190 mi).
2008-06-24
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Volvo has revised its FH and FM series heavy trucks, introducing a new 11-L engine to the low-height FM model and a number of modifications to the cab. The company has pursued a similar design for all its heavy-truck engines in recent years, and the new engine, designated D11B, follows those principles. Volvo also claims to be the first European truck manufacturer to launch a system to alert the driver if he or she loses concentration.
2008-06-23
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As the amount of diagnostic data grows, product designers and marketers who plan for the future want to let maintenance personnel predict when failures are imminent. Prognostics is becoming feasible now that all types of information is available. Once developers correlate sensor data with real-world wear patterns and failure modes, they can use that information to alert owners and operators when breakdowns are expected.
2008-06-19
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The retailer, owner of one of the largest private heavy-duty truck fleets in the U.S. with approximately 7000 trucks on the road, is working with partners to develop hybrid diesel-electric trucks.
2008-06-19
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Incremental improvements to the gasoline engine remain at the forefront of the race to meet the 35 mpg by 2020 regulation—a 40% increase—and recent price increases in diesel fuel may limit diesel engine inroads to light trucks, an SAE 2008 World Congress panel on fuel economy agreed.
2008-06-19
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The Cambustion DPG is a diesel-fueled system used for diesel particulate filter (DPF) testing.
2008-06-19
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The Ez Trac from Tuthill Drive Systems is a steerable, hydraulic drive axle for both on- and off-highway trucks. EZ Trac is designed to install quickly without altering the truck’s ride height, maintaining existing steering angles and suspension.
2008-06-19
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Suitable for harsh off-highway applications, high-strength Plastalloy magnets from Electrodyne are said to extend the service life of drivetrains, hydraulic lines, and metalworking equipment by capturing metal filings, chips, and other ferrous materials that could damage downstream components.
2008-06-19
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A higher-torque EC600 electromagnetic on/off fan drive from Horton was designed for use on medium-duty trucks, buses, and off-highway equipment.
2008-06-19
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Cantec Systems’ Cantec Can-Crank 12- and 24-V EDLC (electrochemical dual layer capacitor) capacitors can be fully recharged in less than 10 s.
2008-06-19
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Electrically driven exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valves from Mahle enable metering and feedback concerning the current valve position and ensure the valves do not seize, even with pollution.
2008-06-19
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PCB Piezotronics’ Model 175A01 dynamic pressure sensor is suitable for measuring dynamic combustion pressure in diesel engines.
2008-06-19
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The Racor Division of Parker Hannifin offers the ECO II series high-soot capacity intake filters for marine applications.
2008-06-19
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SKF low-friction Waveseal shaft-sealing solutions feature a molded lip to form a sinusoidal or wave pattern around the shaft surface, improving lubricant retention while pushing dirt away from the surface to protect against contamination.
2008-06-19
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Mack Trucks is beefing up its engine line with the MP10 engine, a big-block diesel with up to 605 hp (451 kW). It is the most powerful engine Mack has produced.
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