Wind energy is clearly a hot topic today—and growing in importance. Bearing giant SKF, which works closely with wind turbine manufacturers to supply main bearings, and bearings for the transmission, generators, and blade pitch systems, says that its sales to the industry have doubled in 2001. In fact, wind energy could supply up to 20% of U.S. energy needs, says the American Wind Energy Association.
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.
The complexity of diesel engines means optimizing their performance requires a large amount of experimentation. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a very useful and intuitive tool in this, and cold flow analysis using CFD is an ideal approach to study the flow characteristics without going into the details of chemical reactions occurring during the combustion.
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