Plastic Car Sandwich Material Modeled on Bone
Engineering Materials 10/14/2013 19 comments Bayer MaterialScience has designed a prototype car trunk lid, using a sandwich structure with a dense outer skin made of a glass fiber/polycarbonate-based thermoplastic composite and a polyurethane foam inner core.
It's All in the Robot's Timing
Sherlock Ohms 10/11/2013 23 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Video: 0-62 MPH in 2.9 seconds
Blog 10/10/2013 7 comments Swedish automaker Koenigsegg's 2014 Agera S “hypercar” will take you from 0 to 62 mph in a scant 2.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 260 mph -- for a starting price of $1.46 million.
Record 44.7% Solar-Cell Efficiency Achieved
Blog 10/9/2013 12 comments Researchers achieved a new world record in solar-cell efficiency with a four-junction solar cell comprised of four solar subcells based on III-V compound semiconductors for use in concentrator photovoltaics.
Slideshow: Honda Rolls Out 50-MPG Hybrid
Automotive News 10/7/2013 39 comments Honda rolled out its 2014 Accord Hybrid this week, which promises to get 50 mpg city. The car will use a gasoline-electric powertrain to also reach an EPA rating of 45 highway mpg, and 47 combined mpg.
The Lightning Came With a Crash
Sherlock Ohms 10/4/2013 25 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Multi-Axis Digital Tension Control
Blog 10/4/2013 3 comments Bosch-Rexroth has published a technical report that provides an overview of how digital roll-to-roll web processing is enabling mass production of printed electronic devices.
Toyota Is Sticking With Hybrids
Automotive News 10/3/2013 26 comments The "father of the Prius" said this week that his company plans to continue to push the state of the art in hybrid technology, and added that most consumers aren't ready yet for pure electric vehicles.
DIY: Build Your Own Robotic Bug
Engineering Materials 10/2/2013 27 comments A crowdfunded DIY version of the cockroach-like DASH robot invented by engineering students at the University of California, Berkeley, is now available on Dragon Innovation.
Battery Lab Could Help GM Reach EV Vision
Automotive News 10/2/2013 16 comments General Motors is plowing more money into its electric vehicle vision, nearly tripling the size of the lab where it tests and validates batteries for the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Spark EV.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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