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New SwRI consortium to target advances in gasoline and diesel engine aluminum cylinder head designs

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) announced the formation of a new consortium in partnership with leading castings solutions provider Grainger & Worrall (G&W) to advance automotive cylinder head designs. AHEAD offers a cost-effective way for manufacturers to develop new technologies that stand up to the heavy demands of modern engines.

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Argonne VERIFI team improves code to enable up to 10K simultaneous engine simulations; paradigm shift in engine design

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These simulations are typical “engineering-type” smaller scale simulations, which are used routinely for engine design within industry. This massive simulation capacity has opened up a new capability for industrial partners seeking new advanced engine designs. Earlier post.). Now we can do that in a matter of days.

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Sandia Labs forms Spray Combustion Consortium to improve engine design

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Control of fuel sprays is key to the development of clean, affordable fuel-efficient engines. Intended for industry, software vendors and national laboratories, the consortium provides a direct path from fundamental research to validated engineering models ultimately used in combustion engine design. —Lyle Pickett.

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Caterpillar and Argonne’s VERIFI undertake cooperative virtual engine design, control project; first VERIFI CRADA

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This video shows what VERIFI believes is the largest diesel engine combustion simulation ever performed. Caterpillar Inc.

Motiv Engines introduces 2nd-generation split-cycle concept; MkII Clarke-Brayton heavy-duty engine being designed for LNG

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Section of the MkII Clarke-Brayton split-cycle engine. We have taken what we learned from our first engine and applied it to the new design.

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New Jet Engine Designs Could Let Military Save 25 Percent Of Fuel Burned

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military has undertaken a new research effort, the Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) program. Cars and trucks are far from the only vehicles that burn fossil fuels, obviously. Jet aircraft too burn large amounts of fuel, and that's become a point of concern for a particularly large and powerful entity. So the U.S.

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Qoros Auto unveils drivable engineering development car with QamFree engine; near +50% boost in power & torque, -15% fuel consumption

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Qoros debuted the Qamfree engine with FreeValve technology in a concept car at the Beijing Motor Show in April 2016. Engines Fuel Efficiency

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DARPA awards LiquidPiston $2.5M to advance further X4 rotary engine prototype

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million to continue development of a new, patented, high-efficiency, lighter-weight rotary engine. Engines Fuel EfficiencyEarlier post.).

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Achates Power building 2.7L opposed-piston light-duty engine; exceeding CAFE 2025, Tier 3 targets at lower cost

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six-piston) light-duty version of its opposed piston engine (OPE) in both diesel- and gasoline-fueled versions. feet). —Fabien Redon.

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DOE to support possible siting of NuScale-designed small modular reactor at Idaho National Lab

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The SMR design for the CFPP is being provided by NuScale Power. NuScale Power has developed a small, scalable pressurized water reactor technology, engineered with passive safety features. The 50 MWe NuScale Power Module provides power in increments that can be scaled to 600 MWe (gross) in a single facility. Brief

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Volkswagen Group appoints new heads of Global R&D, Group Design, Group Product and Modular Toolkit Strategy

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The Volkswagen Group is continuing its restructuring in the aftermath of the diesel engine emissions scandal. Eichhorn holds a PhD in mechanical engineering. He was appointed Board Member for Engineering at Bentley in 2003 before taking over as Managing Director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry in 2012.

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SAE REX: PHEVs and REEVs could open door for advanced combustion regime engines

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In his introductory keynote, Michael Berube, Vehicle Technologies Office Director, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, noted the importance of both engine and fuel technology in a PHEV scenario. But to do that, we need to think about the engine. The focus is what fuel properties maximize engine perfromance. UDDS).

SAE High Efficiency IC Engine Symposium opens with consideration of alternative engine designs

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SAE’s 2012 High Efficiency IC Engine Symposium in Detroit—the second as an immediate precursor to the SAE World Congress—opened on Sunday with a consideration of several alternative engine designs: opposed piston 2-stroke (Achates Power); variable compression ratio (MCE-5); split cycle (Scuderi); and advanced rotary (Liquid Piston).

Daimler Trucks NA SuperTruck achieves 115% freight efficiency improvement over 2009 baseline; 50.2% engine BTE

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Testing was also conducted at the DTNA Detroit engineering facility to demonstrate engine efficiency by achieving 50.2% Click to enlarge.

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Porsche opens new plant for eight-cylinder engines; digitalization and data management; V8s for all VW Group brands

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Porsche has officially dedicated a new engine plant for eight-cylinder engines. The assembly of a new engine begins every 3.5

NASA testing new boundary layer ingesting (BLI) propulsor; 4-8% fuel burn savings over current advanced engines

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Engineers at NASA Glenn are testing a new boundary layer ingesting (BLI) inlet-fan combination—the first of its kind ever to be tested.

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New 7th-generation Hyundai Sonata updates design, tweaks powertrain

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design language, stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness and advanced safety and convenience features. Hyundai continues its all four-cylinder Theta engine lineup for the 2015 Sonata. Hyundai introduced the Theta II GDI, its first Gasoline Direct Injection engine, in 2009. models.

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Toyota Central R&D developing free-piston engine linear generator; envisioning multi-FPEG units for electric drive vehicles

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Electric (Battery) Engines Fuel Efficiency Fuels Hybrids Plug-ins Power Generation Click to enlarge. team at Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc.

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UTRC and ANGP unveil first low-pressure conformable natural gas tank design

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Adsorbed Natural Gas Products, Inc. unveiled a full-scale mockup of UTRC’s conformable fuel tank for ANG vehicles. Earlier post.). —Dr.

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Mercedes-Benz powering ahead with €3B strategic engine initiative; increasing electrification, 48V; diesel and gasoline; cylinder deactivation

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billion) in its strategic engine initiative. The new six-cylinder in-line gasoline engine M 256 features a 48 V electrical system.

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Elio Motors releases body framing and engine cradle design to suppliers for E-Series engineering prototype builds

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Elio Motors, the startup vehicle manufacturer launching a three-wheeled vehicle that will get up to 84 MPG with a targeted base price of $6,800 ( earlier post ), has released to its suppliers the body framing and engine cradle design for its E-Series engineering prototypes. —Paul Elio, founder and CEO of Elio Motors.

Infiniti introducing new advanced 3.0L V6 twin-turbo engines for 2016 Q50; up to 6.7% improvement in fuel efficiency

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The new VR-series engine family replaces the award-winning Infiniti 3.7-liter VQ-series V6. lbs) less than the engine it replaces.

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Volkswagen unveils updated Golf; Millerized engines, semi-automated driving, digital cockpit and gesture control

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In addition to some design enhancements, the new Golf features new engines (including the Millerized 1.5L Engines. —Dr.

Achates OPGCI project targeting 50% fuel efficiency gains over downsized GDI engine at reduced cost

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Conceptual image of a possible multi-cylinder OPGCI engine. It could also be the first of a family of OPGCI engines spanning 1.0 to 4.0L

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MAHLE Jet Ignition for Ferrari F1 as well as sub-200 g/kWh BSFC in light-duty engine; on-road and stationary applications

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10-20% increase in fuel economy (mpg) is expected when compared to current production gasoline engines. Emissions Engines Fuel Efficiency

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Ford Can Design Tesla-Like Electric Car, CEO Says; Does Higher-Power Charging Push Mean It May?

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Ford''s CEO, Mark Fields, told Wall Street financial analysts Friday that the company had the product development staff and engineering ability to build an electric car like a Tesla. While he didn''t say the company would do so, he did say that such a car would be "very consistent with our product strategy".

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NASA electric research plane designated the X-57, nickname: “Maxwell”; SCEPTOR

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NASA will test new propulsion technology using an experimental airplane now designated the X-57 and nicknamed “Maxwell.” Click to enlarge.

Novel opposed-piston free-piston linear generator for hybrids seeks to overcome drawbacks of earlier designs

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Design of opposed-cylinder free-piston linear generator from earlier works with single, centered linear generator. Click to enlarge. Huang 2012.

2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid Priced At $69,100; Sportier R-Design Is $71,000

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We'd missed it until now, but pricing for the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 'Twin Engine' plug-in hybrid SUV was released earlier this month. The sportier XC90 T8 R-Design starts at $70,995, meaning a heavily optioned version of the Swedish. Green Future Cars Plug-In Hybrids Prices plug-in cars

Romanian Design Team Proposes Car With Detachable Engine

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How about an electric car with a gasoline engine you can swap in and out as you need it? So you got yer gasoline cars, and yer electric cars. And yer extended-range electrics, and yer plug-in hybrids. Sure, old news, been there, done that.

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Fairbanks Morse Engine and Achates Power team up on opposed-piston engines

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Fairbanks Morse Model 38 opposed-piston engine. The leading manufacturer of opposed-piston engines, Fairbanks Morse Engine (FME), an EnPro Industries company, has signed a joint development and licensing agreement with Achates Power, Inc., Emissions Engines Fuel Efficiency Click to enlarge.

Federal-Mogul Powertrain cuts engine valve development time using new simulation model

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Engines Fuel Efficiency SimulationSource: Federal-Mogul. Click to enlarge. —Dr. Guido Bayard.

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Musk: Trickery “The Only Option” For Engineers In VW Scandal?

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Although internal combustion engines are for the most part getting a little more efficient with every new model year, there’s no avoiding a cold fact: that whether they’re gasoline or diesel—or even a groundbreaking design under the hood of the 2016 Prius—they’re highly inefficient next to battery-electric vehicles.

Pi Innovo and GaN Systems collaborate to offer electronics design services for auxiliary systems for multi-voltage, hybrid and electric vehicles

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This controller design provides a functional starting-point for the development of 48V and above high-speed motor-driven vehicle systems. Right.

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Tour Engine receives $2M investment to further development of latest generation of split-cycle engine

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Over the past year, Tour Engine has conceived, patented, developed and prototyped a new crossover valve mechanism. Source: Tour Engine.

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2015 hydrogen student design contest: hydrogen fueling station business and financing models

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The Hydrogen Education Foundation announced the 11 th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest, which will challenge student teams to develop business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations. In previous years, teams have designed fueling stations, airport systems, and green buildings—all using hydrogen. Brief

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BMW unveils latest Efficient Dynamics 3- and 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines

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At its Innovation Days 2016 event in Munich, BMW unveiled new versions of its three and four- cylinder gasoline and diesel engines.

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MIT, Novogy team engineers microbes for competitive advantage in industrial fermentation; the ROBUST strategy

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The researchers engineered E. When they experimented with a mixed culture of the engineered E. Like the engineered E.

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Tour Engine has Prototype II split-cycle engine running

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At first cut, roughly, we have not done any worse than the baseline engine. Readings from control engine. EnginesClick to enlarge.

Aramco opens R&D center in Detroit area; fuels research with focus on novel fuels/engines systems for reduced CO2

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Aramco’s fuels technology program is focused on reducing the overall environmental impact, cost and complexity of both current and future fuel-engine systems. With a global refining presence, Aramco brings a perspective into how fuels can be designed and matched to engines for higher performance and lower emissions.