Two aeroacoustic wind tunnels have been inaugurated by Renault (www.renault.com), Peugeot Citroen (www.peugeot.com), and the French Institute of Engineering Studies in Saint-Cyr l'Ecole in France, to investigate on the reduction of the aerodynamic drag of vehicles, aerodynamic noise for the comfort of passengers, dynamic stability of the vehicle, as well as the effects of side winds. The main tunnel will measure 258 ft2 with a ¾ open jet design that is large enough to accommodate minivans. Wind velocity in the main tunnel can reach as high as 149 mph.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
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