Automotive Engineering

Postwar European Auto Design: In Praise of Cars With Real Curves

Postwar European Auto Design: In Praise of Cars With Real Curves

In August 1947 LIFE magazine shared with its readers a whole new world of car design taking shape in postwar Europe. “It is exciting in Europe,” LIFE wrote of the creative ferment on display at car shows in places like Paris and Rome, “but only promising in the States.” The magazine then went on to […]

Structure and transformation of the Italian car styling supply chain

In a short space of time the car styling supply chain has undergone deep changes, which are being amplified by the current economic-financial crisis. The digitalisation of production and the transformation of supply links have modified the competitive positioning of companies along the supply chain. In the Turin area the design-product-service relationships have been strengthened […]

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Development

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Development

I was new and experiencing my first design program of note. It was all like magic, as sketches, words and imagination all converged on the project and influenced what was going on in the studio. I clearly remember my participation and that of others in the room which follows. I was really impressed with the […]

GM Designer Bill Michalak

GM Designer Bill Michalak

[...] My desire to design cars for General Motors started at the age of eight. Like many other kids with the same goal, I was fortunate to actually see my dream come true. Employment came by way of Chuck Jordan in 1966 during my last week at Pratt Institute in New York. During my 35 […]

How do real cars end up in video games? And does it help the brands?

How do real cars end up in video games? And does it help the brands?

In the digital era, every video game is a potential showroom. But the relationship between game developers and automakers requires some creative licensing.

CAE frame work for aerodynamic design development of automotive vehicles

CAE frame work for aerodynamic design development of automotive vehicles

Maximizing fuel efficiency of a vehicle is one of the prime areas of focus in the highly competitive automotive industry which requires development of efficient and optimized vehicle designs. External aero analysis using Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) techniques is widely used in the accurate estimation of an automotive vehicle’s drag coefficient, often critical in determining […]

An Assessment of Mass Reduction Opportunities for a 2017-2020 Model Year Vehicle Program

An Assessment of Mass Reduction Opportunities for a 2017-2020 Model Year Vehicle Program

The Energy Foundation funded Lotus Engineering to generate a technical paper which would identify potential mass reduction opportunities for a selected baseline vehicle representing the crossover utility segment. Lotus Engineering prepared this document in collaboration with a number of automotive and regulatory experts and submitted it to the ICCT. The 2009 Toyota Venza was selected […]

Integrated High Speed Video Becomes Mainstream for Automotive Test Applications

Integrated High Speed Video Becomes Mainstream for Automotive Test Applications

Modern impact and test systems integrate video and data capture to provide a greater understanding of specimen failure modes. High rate tests, such as performed on servo-hydraulically powered and instrumented impact test apparatus have, become widely used as a method of investigating the properties of materials and structures. As technology moves forward, so does the […]

Is It Time for An Open-Source Car?

Is It Time for An Open-Source Car?

In the Internet age, a company with limited funds and no track record can build a successful business with nothing more than a good idea and some powerful technology. It’s not easy, but it can be done. The same entrepreneurial spirit is coming to the auto industry. As cars become more and more like high-tech […]

Winning by design: the methods of Gordon Murray

Winning by design: the methods of Gordon Murray

This is a case study of the working methods of one particularly successful designer in a highly competitive design domain, Formula One racing car design. Gordon Murray was chief designer for the very successful Brabham and McLaren racing car teams in the 1970s and 1980s. His record of success is characterized by innovative breakthroughs, often […]

Improvements of the KIVA Dense Spray Modeling for HSDI Diesel Engines

Improvements of the KIVA Dense Spray Modeling for HSDI Diesel Engines

A numerical study has been performed to investigate the soot emission from a high-speed single-cylinder direct injection diesel engine. It was shown that the current KIVA CFD code with the standard evaporation model could predict the experimental trend, where at a low speed running condition a higher smoke reading is reached when increasing the injector […]

Cylinder Pressure-Based Control of Pre-Mixed Diesel Combustion

Cylinder Pressure-Based Control of Pre-Mixed Diesel Combustion

Implementation of real-time combustion feedback for use in closed-loop combustion control is a technology that has potential to assist in the successful production implementation of advanced diesel combustion modes. Low-temperature, pre-mixed diesel combustion is presently of interest because it offers the ability to lower the engine-out emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter […]

Quantitative Characterization of Near-Field Fuel Sprays by Multi-Orifice Direct Injection Using Ultrafast X-Tomography Technique

Quantitative Characterization of Near-Field Fuel Sprays by Multi-Orifice Direct Injection Using Ultrafast X-Tomography Technique

A low-pressure direct injection fuel system for spark ignition direct injection engines engines has been developed, in which a high-turbulence nozzle technology was employed to achieve fine fuel droplet size at a low injection pressure around 2 MPa. It is particularly important to study spray characteristics in the nearnozzle region due to the immediate liquid […]

Development of Toyota 1ZZ-FE Engine

Development of Toyota 1ZZ-FE Engine

The 1ZZ-FE engine is a newly developed in-line 4-cylinder, 1.8-liter, DOHC 4-valve engine mounted in the new Corolla. Abounding in new technologies including the laser-clad valve seat, high-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block, and the small-pitch chain drive DOHC, coupled with the fundamentally reviewed basic specifications, the new engine is compact and lightweight, offering high performance […]

Smart materials spur additional design possibilities

Smart materials spur additional design possibilities

An on-demand air dam that deploys without mechanical assistance is just one example of an on-vehicle technology being put in motion through the use of a smart material. Temperature, stress, or a magnetic field can make a smart material change its shape, strength, and/or stiffness. That means a smart material can move without needing a […]

A Lesson in Lightness

A Lesson in Lightness

You could argue, with justification, that Audi’s new A2 is the car Mercedes set out to create when it conceived the A-Class. Spool back to the Vision A at the ’93 Frankfurt auto show. The Mercedes concept car’s frame is aluminum and, because it weighs just 1,574 lbs. (714 kg), there’s talk of 91 mpg […]

Numerical Modelling and Simulation of Rotary Engine

Numerical Modelling and Simulation of Rotary Engine

Exploring the Flow Around a Simplified Bus with Large Eddy Simulation and Topological Tools

Exploring the Flow Around a Simplified Bus with Large Eddy Simulation and Topological Tools

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