BorgWarner of Auburn Hills, MI has produced a regulated
two-stage and variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbocharging technology for BMW's
3.0-liter straight six-cylinder diesel engine. The turbocharging technology was
designed to boost performance while improving fuel economy by 4 percent.
BorgWarner worked with BMW to unite two advanced
technologies in an effort to accelerate the carmaker's engine downsizing
strategy without compromising power and torque. The turbocharging system consists
of two series-connected turbochargers. A smaller turbocharger engages at low
engine speeds. As the engine reaches mid-range speeds, a larger, low-pressure
turbocharger takes over, providing the boost pressure to reach maximum engine
torque. The combination was designed to achieve both high torque at very low
revs and maximum output at high engine speeds.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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