Siemens Automotive has under development an advanced catalytic-converter module for passenger-car diesel engines that it claims will reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) and hydrocarbon (HC) emissions up to 70%. Known as SINOx, the system uses electronics, sensors, and injection technology, along with a reducing agent, to trigger a chemical reaction that converts NOx and HC into non-toxic levels of nitrogen and water. SINOX incorporates a Siemens-developed exhaust-gas management system that consists of: the catalytic converter module, ECU, and sensors; a holding tank, mixing chamber, metering device, measuring unit, and sensor equipment for urea, the system's reducing agent; and a pump and pressure regulator. "The system uses a urea-water solution and injects it into the mixing chamber," explains George Perry, president of CEO of Siemens Automotive. "This results in a chemical reaction that releases ammonia, which, in turn, converts NOx and HC into non-toxic quantities of nitrogen and water." FAX (248) 253-2998.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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