New for 1997, the Sea-Doo Challenger 1800 jet boat from Bombardier
features twin 800 Series Rotax marine engines, each of which displaces 782 cc
and delivers 110 hp. A variable-rate oil injection system provides a precise
ratio of oil to fuel, ensuring proper engine lubrication throughout the
performance envelope. The Bombardier axial-flow, single-stage Formula Water Jet
system is designed to work reliably in salt or fresh water. Bronze alloy stator
vanes resist erosion caused by cavitation. Floating couplings with crowned
splines minimize vibration damage to engine and pump. The progressive-pitch
drive impellers are stainless steel and produce improved acceleration over
earlier models, a higher top speed, and less cavitation. Replaceable urethane
wear rings improve impeller life and are easy to maintain. Finally, a
sacrificial zinc anode protects the propulsion system from corrosion.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.