Movies portray the pleasure of drivers racing down the road with windows open or the top down, but most people would rather have near silence than the roar that comes with that wind-in-the-hair feeling. That's made sound and vibration testing a more important part of vehicle analysis. It also involves far more engineers.
"Originally, the community of sound and vibration experts was small, but now the number of engineers who need to deal with sound and vibration is growing exponentially," says Gabriella Cerrato Jay, technical director at MTS System Corp.'s software and consulting group. As more drivers expect to mimic the sound quality they're used to at home, stereo systems and voice recognition for hands-free phone calls will become more common. To help engineers find information about their noise and vibration issues, Jay has started a blog that includes technical articles on various topics, not all of them automotive. Several other experts in sound and vibration analysis also post to http://rbi.ims.ca/4398-534. MTS engineers blog about the topic at http://rbi.ims.ca/4398-535.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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