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Engineers develop near-zero emissions engine technology

Southwest Research Institute engineers have developed the next generation of clean diesel engine technology to reduce hazardous nitrogen oxides (NOx) and carbon dioxide emissions while minimizing fuel consumption. Working with regulatory agencies, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, SwRI combined engine modifications with integrated aftertreatment technology and control strategies to reach near-zero emissions levels. SwRI developed the technology for the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a state organization charged with combatting air pollution. “Through the continued efforts of a multidisciplinary team, SwRI…

New 3-D printing study shows promise for predictive maintenance

Army researchers study the performance of 3-D-printed metal parts and how they degrade as part of ongoing research in vehicle technology. The CCDC Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, prints metal parts from powder. Credit: Dave McNally Army researchers have discovered a way to monitor the performance of 3-D printed parts, which tend to have imperfections that affect performance in ways traditionally-machined parts do not. A new study published recently in the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology…

Energy Storage Systems Boost EV Fast-Charger Infrastructure (Part 1)

Electric vehicles (EVs) will gain more and more market share, eventually taking over internal-combustion-engine vehicles. Direct-current (dc) fast-charging stations will replace, or integrate with, petrol stations, and renewable energies like solar and wind will be used to power them. People will want to charge their EVs in less than 15 minutes and they won’t want to wait in a queue for a unique charger. Considering multiple charging points, the peak power required can be more than 1 MW. This could…

Fluid Power Shipments Continue Downward Trend

The one-two punch of global tariff wars and a global pandemic have wiped out 11 years of economic growth, according to the monthly PMI index from the Institute for Supply Management. The April PMI plummeted 7.6 percentage points to 41.5%, driven by sharp declines in new orders, production and employment. Not only is the April PMI at its lowest level since the Great Recession of 2008, the drop was the fastest since a 9-percentage point fall in April 2009. And…

Danlu Liu – University of Missouri College of Engineering

Danlu Liu NameDanlu Liu HometownChina   MajorPhD, Computer Science            Faculty AdvisorChi-Ren Shyu Where did you complete your undergraduate study?BS, Applied Mathematics, China University of Petroleum, Tsingtao, China; MS, Computer Science, University of Missouri  Why did you choose Mizzou for your graduate program?My home university has a 3+2 program with Mizzou. Also, I like Mizzou’s four values: Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence. Columbia is a small town suitable for study and research. Tell us about your graduate research.  What are some…

How a solar chimney can boost fire safety

The groundbreaking solar chimney at the Mentone Reserve Pavilion. Credit: City of Kingston A must-have in green building design, solar chimneys can slash energy costs up to 50%. Now research reveals they could also help save lives in a building fire. In a world-first, researchers designed a solar chimney optimized for both energy saving and fire safety, as part of the sustainable features of a new building in Melbourne, Australia. Modelling shows the specially-designed solar chimney radically increases the amount…

Researchers develop groundbreaking new rocket-propulsion system

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A University of Central Florida researcher and his team have developed an advanced new rocket-propulsion system once thought to be impossible. The system, known as a rotating detonation rocket engine, will allow upper stage rockets for space missions to become lighter, travel farther, and burn more cleanly. The result were published this month in the journal Combustion and Flame. “The study presents, for the first time, experimental evidence of a safe and functioning hydrogen and oxygen…

How COVID-19 Can Restructure Supply Chains Forever

Dyndrite, a software solutions provider, hosted a virtual Dyndrite Developer Council (DDC) 2020 Conference on April 21 and 22. This virtual conference, hosted via Zoom, was where additive manufacturing (AM) professionals logged in to discuss their company innovations and AM trends. The opening conference presentations were focused on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting supply chains, AM advancements, outlook and standardization within the industry. Day 1 Harshil Goel, CEO of Dyndrite, kicked off the conference with his…

Intel Rolls Out $50 Million in Assistance to Address Virus

Intel announced that it plans to roll out $50 million in assistance to improve the response to the novel coronavirus. Intel hopes to help address the pandemic by accelerating access to technology used by doctors to diagnose and treat the illness and speeding research into potential vaccines. It is also aiming to improve access to remote learning tools to students who are underserved. The Silicon Valley company said it intends to offer funding to customers and partners using artificial intelligence and high-performance computing to fuel the…

DragonSpeed Safety on Display at Sebring

DragonSpeed will be heading to Firestone Grand Prix at St. Petersburg, Fla., in March, so they were here at the Sebring International Raceway to check out the new Advanced Frontal Protection (AFP) cockpit protection system now built into all 2020 NTT IndyCar Series vehicles (Fig. 1). The system was developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies. It’s designed to protect the driver from debris and other objects striking the cockpit area. The polycarbonate laminated ballistic windscreen is anchored by a titanium…