The Bugatti Veyron can fly down highways at more than 250 mph, but for those who shell out more than $1 million for the fastest street-legal car, its ability to stop can’t be overlooked. Braking from top speed to a standstill in 10 sec requires more than its eight titanium brake pistons. Its rear wing acts as a brake, using two MTS Systems Corp. magnetostrictive position sensors to adjust the wing’s height, with another maximizing angular adjustments for the air brake. The wing raises and assumes a 55 degree angle in just 0.4 sec. Sensors from MTS, based in Cary, NC, are housed in the hydraulic piston that moves the wing.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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