Newman Haas Racing engineers have a spring in their step now that they've figured a way to ensure that changes in springs in their suspension systems won't alter the balance of their cars.
The team, which races in CART events, is using MATLAB software and the MATLAB Data Acquisition Toolbox to test the springs, which determine the wheel rate, roll rate, and load transfer responses to acceleration, braking, and turning forces. Engineers are also using the software to test bump rubbers and push-rod load cells.
Newman Haas engineers used C++ to create a custom user interface that works with MATLAB.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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