GM using Autodesk generative design software for lightweighting work

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GM is using new generative design software technology from Autodesk to support its vehicle lightweighting efforts. Generative design mimics nature’s evolutionary approach to design. GM is utilizing the innovative technology on future product designs.

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Sandia-led team designs feasible hydrogen fuel-cell coastal research vessel; implications for large hydrogen-fueled vessels

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The Zero-V project evolved from earlier Sandia work on the SF-BREEZE, a hydrogen-powered passenger ferry designed to operate in the San Francisco Bay. Ensuring the ferry could achieve that speed meant adopting a 100-foot, slightly longer than usual catamaran design.

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Wärtsilä introducing portfolio of hybrid tug designs

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The technology group Wärtsilä is introducing a new portfolio of tug designs, to be known as the Wärtsilä HYTug series, with the emphasis on environmental sustainability. Notably, the enhanced efficiency enables the total installed main engine power to be less than with conventional designs.

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Nissan teases aerodynamic design of new LEAF

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In its ongoing series of teasers leading up to the reveal of the new LEAF EV in September, Nissan has released a rendering of the car’s improved aerodynamic design. The new design improves efficiency, and thus range on a single charge.

2017 78

NVIDIA introduces Xavier AI supercomputer designed for autonomous driving

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At the inaugural GPU Technology Conference Europe, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled Xavier, an all-new AI supercomputer designed for use in self-driving cars.

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EU-Live project unveils electrified 3-wheeler; designed by Groupe PSA

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Groupe PSA was involved as the only automaker in the project, and as a result has expanded its design expertise beyond the automotive industry.

2017 85

Yamaha Sports Ride: Carbon-Fiber Structure From Designer Gordon Murray

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When it comes to car design, Gordon Murray has had a highly varied career. He designed the McLaren F1 supercar, as well as the lightweight Rocket single-seat sports car and numerous race cars. Throughout his career, Murray has always emphasized lightweight construction in his designs, and his latest work is no different. Tokyo Motor Show Carbon Fiber Gordon Murray Gordon Murray Design Yamaha

Argonne team identifies optimized engine designs for a given fuel

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have pinpointed optimized engine designs for a given fuel.

2017 78

Volvo Cars debuts its first 3-cylinder engine in new XC40 compact SUV; designed for PHEV applications

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The new three-cylinder powertrain has been deliberately designed for integration into Twin Engine plug-in hybrid cars. This compact engine design provides the flexibility we need as we introduce more powertrain options for XC40 customers.

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Wärtsilä designing first hybrid propulsion system for fish farming ship

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Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver the ship design for a new processing and transportation vessel to be built at the Balenciaga shipyard in Spain on behalf of Hav Line AS of Norway.

2017 78

KAUST develops radically simplified method for accurately simulating fuel combustion; aid to engine design

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Researchers at KAUST, with colleagues at Trinity College Dublin, have developed a new conceptual model for describing a fuel’s composition that can accelerate and simplify combustion simulations, ultimately aiding engine design. The team’s method for making simple fuel surrogates will directly improve the design of efficient new engines, suggests Abdul Jameel.

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Researchers demonstrate high-capacity Mn-rich Li-ion cathodes; a design pathway away from cobalt and nickel

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The work, reported in the journal Nature , shows a possible design approach for cathode materials that move away from the current reliance on nickel and cobalt—which are limited resources and are associated with safety problems.

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Study finds holey graphene promising design route for noble-metal-free HER catalysts for acidic electrolytes

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Our results reveal that the combination of a non-noble metal with holey graphene is a promising design route for noble-metal-free catalysts that are chemically stable in acidic electrolytes.

2018 85

Millbrook designated RDE testing provider for type approval

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In the UK, Millbrook Group, the leading independent vehicle testing and validation services provider, is designated to provide real driving emissions (RDE) testing on behalf of Dutch approval authority, RDW.

2017 78

Wärtsilä introduces HY hybrid tug design for Chinese market

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The technology group Wärtsilä has adapted its hybrid tug design ( earlier post ) specifically to meet the needs of the Chinese market. The Wärtsilä HYTug design is based upon Wärtsilä’s fully integrated hybrid power module. The design is available in three different hull sizes: a 28m harbor tug with a 50t bollard pull; a 29.5m This version of the Wärtsilä HYTug has received an Approval-in-Principle recognition by the China Classification Society (CCS).

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BMW and MIT Self-Assembly Lab collaborate to design the first printed inflatable material; liquid printed pneumatics

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The BMW Design Department in collaboration with MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory have successfully developed printed inflatable material technologies that selftransform, adapt and morph from one state to another. —Martina Starke, head of BMW Brand Vision and BMW Brand Design at BMW Group.

2018 85

Groupe PSA and Centrale Nantes launch €4M R&D program on digital simulation techniques for powertrain design

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Groupe PSA and Ecole Centrale de Nantes have launched of an R&D partnership to optimize powertrain design processes for the group’s future vehicles. The aim of the partnership is to accelerate the use of digital simulation techniques in the design, development and testing of powertrains and increase model predictability. Digital simulation as a design method is also less expensive than prototyping, which requires substantial tooling costs.

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Grannus Process designed BACT by US EPA for production of hydrogen or ammonia

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Grannus, LLC’s Grannus Process has been designated as Best Available Control Technology (BACT) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for production of hydrogen or ammonia. The designation was achieved because the processes’ emissions levels are well below Federal, State and local permit application requirements—even in non-attainment zones.

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“WaterBone” design wins grand prize in ARPA-E LITECAR Challenge

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The winning design: “WaterBone”. 254 conceptual designs were submitted. The envelope’s material is a polymer composite, which provides desirable characteristics of a monocoque design. The monocoque-spaceframe design is built using additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology.

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Northwestern team develops new approach to catalyst design using SPBCL and DFT; new HER catalyst 7x more active than Pt

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It is a major challenge in catalysis to uncover structure–performance relationships that drive the design and optimization of high-performance/low-cost catalysts. Mirkin (2018) “Catalyst design by scanning probe block copolymer lithography” PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1800884115.

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Techrules unveils production design of series-hybrid Ren RS with micro-turbine range extender; 330 km/h

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Techrules, a China-based automotive R&D company ( earlier post ) is unveiling the final production design of its Ren RS series-hybrid supercar at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Design and aerodynamics. The wing has been designed by L.M.

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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.” The X-57 features 14 electric motors turning propellers, all of them integrated into a uniquely-designed wing.

2016 85

Visedo introducing new SRPM motor design for buses; 10% increase in power, better cooling

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Finnish manufacturer Visedo is unveiling a new electric motor design at BusWorld 2017 that is optimized for the bus market and ready for mass manufacture. The new S-model is part of a design upgrade across the entire PowerDRUM line.

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Ontario seeking design concepts for hydrogen-powered regional rail trains

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The Canadian province of Ontario is electrifying its GO rail network to transform how people move around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and is seeking design concepts for hydrogen-powered trains as an alternative to conventional overhead wires. A number of rail vehicle manufacturers will be commissioned to prepare designs and to demonstrate the impact that incorporating hydrogen fuel cells into bi-level trains would have on the performance of the GO rail network.

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Sandia Labs forms Spray Combustion Consortium to improve engine design

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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. The goals of the research are to reveal the physics that are general to all injectors and to develop predictive spray models that will ultimately be used for combustion design.

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GM researchers posit simple model to assist in balancing high energy density vs fast charging in EV design

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Xylogenics releases new strain design for patented GX-1 yeast technology

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Xylogenics released a new strain design for its patented GX-1 yeast production and fermentation process. The efficiencies created by the newest strain design will have an immediate impact on industries that rely on micro-organism technologies—most notably the ethanol industry wherein individual production plants are planning to invest upwards of $350 million annually on yeast technology advancements.

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GM details 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid powertrain design and operation

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The basic layout is an on-axis design which is similar to GM’s 6T40/45 family of small-car front-wheel drive automatic transmissions. However, the transaxles were designed with unique rotors specific to the application.

2016 85

Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop preliminary design study

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Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk released the preliminary design study for what he call “The Hyperloop”—a new high-speed electric transportation system targeted for the the specific case of high-traffic city pairs (e.g.,

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Geely/Volvo awards Maxwell Technologies with ultracapacitor subsystem design win for 2020 model year platforms; mild- and plug-in hybrids

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The company supplied its start-stop designs to Continental AG in 2010, and has since supplied ultracapacitors to PSA and General Motors for start-stop applications and autonomous driving backup power, and to Lamborghini for regenerative braking.

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Goodyear showcases two concept tires designed for autonomous driving

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At the Geneva Motor Show, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company introduced two concept tires designed with autonomous driving in mind. Both tires are designed with safety in mind, which according to recent studies, is a key concern among consumers around autonomous vehicles.

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Purdue, Notre Dame, Cummins discovery could lead to new SCR catalyst design for improved NOx control

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Researchers at Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame and Cummins have discovered a new reaction mechanism that could be used to improve SCR catalyst designs for pollution-control systems to further reduce emissions of smog-causing nitrogen oxides in diesel exhaust.

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BMW introduces iPerformance designation, starting with three 7-Series plug-ins

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At the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, BMW will officially introduce the new iPerformance model designation, which will be given to all BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles starting in July 2016, as a visible indicator of the transfer of technology from BMW i to the BMW core brand.

2016 85

MIT-led team devises new approach to designing solid ion conductors; implications for high-energy solid-state batteries

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Therefore, it is of great importance to design new lithium ion conductors having not only high Li conductivity but also being stable during battery operation. The new design principle has been about five years in the making, Shao-Horn says.

2018 85

Berkeley Lab team designs active polyelectrolyte binder that allows for a doubling in capacity of conventional Li-sulfur battery

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Without this information, rational design principles for polymer binders remain obscure.

2018 95

Lamborghini presents electric super sports car design concept, developed in collaboration with MIT labs

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Automobili Lamborghini, a member of the Volkswagen Group, unveiled its new design concept for a future Lamborghini electric super sports car: the “Lamborghini of the Terzo Millennio”, developed in collaboration with two MIT laboratories. Design.

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GTT receives an order from Hudong-Zhonghua to design the LNG tanks of two FSRUs

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to design the LNG tanks—each representing a capacity of 174,000 m 3 of two dual-purpose vessels capable of operating as efficient LNG Carriers and Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRUs).

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Final design of first autonomous and fully electric container vessel revealed; model testing at SINTEF Ocean

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A six-meter, 2.4-ton model of the final design of the autonomous and fully electric container vessel Yara Birkeland ( earlier post ) was revealed as testing commenced at SINTEF Ocean’s 80-meter test tank facility in Trondheim.

2017 78

GTT to design cryogenic LNG tanks for CMA CGM giant container ship newbuilds; Mark III system

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GTT will design the LNG fuel tanks, which represent a capacity of 18,600 m 3 per ship.

2017 78

Infiniti Q Inspiration concept designed with autonomy, VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine in mind

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Representing the next step in INFINITI design, the exterior of the Q Inspiration Concept features clear and concise lines with dynamic and confident proportions. The concept eschews classical sedan forms with its coupe-like appearance and elongated silhouette, presenting INFINITI’s design vision for vehicles in this segment. Infiniti unveiled its Q Inspiration Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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