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Hydroforming of Composite Materials

IntroductionIn hydroforming, a metal blank is formed into a desired shape with the use of fluid pressure impinging on the blank which in turn impinges on a die that gives the blank its final shape. Hydroforming has a number of advantages when compared to other shaping processes, including reduced tooling cost, increased drawability, and enhanced stability....
Published: 6/14/2011   |   Inventor(s): Farhang Pourboghrat, Michael Zampaloni, Andre Benard
Keywords(s): Automotive, Composites Category(s): Materials

Radial Wave Rotor (Wave Disc)

IntroductionTraditional attempts to use depressions or pockets to control wave reflection of off-design operation in internal combustion engines undesirably reduce the sensitivity of axial wave rotors to engine speed changes. Nevertheless, there still exists a need to improve the performance and reduce the size of traditional wave rotors to enhance...
Published: 5/11/2011   |   Inventor(s): Norbert Mueller, Janusz Piechna, Pejman Akbari, Florin Iancu
Keywords(s): Automotive, Internal Combustion Engine, Turbo-Machinery Category(s): Mechanical

Novel Electroactive Polymer-based Flow Sensors for Automotive Systems

Description of TechnologyMichigan State University’s sensing technology enables potential commercial applications in a broad range of industrial applications where information is needed on a combination of fluid/gas flow rates (e.g., in a line), along with the real-time density/viscosity variation of those fluids or gases. The invention uses electroactive...
Published: 4/25/2011   |   Inventor(s): Guoming Zhu, Xiaobo Tan, David Hung
Keywords(s): 3D Cursor, Automotive, Engine Control Module, Ethanol, Mass Air Flow Sensor, Polymers Category(s): Mechanical, Electrical, Devices