We caught up with KV Racing's Eric Cowdin a couple of days before the Indy 500 to talk about the importance of electronics and engineering when it comes to getting a top finish at the race.
KV Racing, which scored a third-place finish with Tony Kanaan on Sunday (May 27) at the Indy 500, is supported by both Mouser and Littelfuse.
Cowdin said his team "relies very heavily" on its partners, Chevy and Ilmor, for engineering most of the engine work, but also does its own gearbox and clutch tuning to the driver's specifications. "But we all work as a team to try to get the best out of the driver and out of the car," he said.
This year, KV Racing showed up to the track with a brand new car, which meant the team had to thoroughly test its vehicles in a wind tunnel before the Indy 500, which had also changed the specs about two months prior to the race.
Learn more about the Indy 500 at Littelfuse's Speed2Design site.
IndyCar changing the car specs two months before the Indy 500 race, now that sounds like typical engineering! It can be very challenging to meet customer requirements and due dates when they (customers) change their requirements.
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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