In case you haven't noticed the fewer seconds it takes to chug a beer, the aluminum can has trimmed down its weight by about one-third. And that Bud may be back on the store shelf in as little as 60 days. With 63 billion aluminum cans recycled by Americans in 2000, the recycling rate has increased to 63%, up from 25% in 1975, as reported by the Aluminum Association (www.aluminum.org). Ultimately, those cans returned $1.2 billion to consumers and occupied a diminishing 1% of total landfills.
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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