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 canít 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 wingís 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 new fixings and fastening system for assembling structural, load-bearing composite components promises 54% better adhesion, plus less weight and better mechanical performance than current composite fixing designs.
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