Posts tagged "Henkel"

Faced with tighter regulatory demands and growing consumer awareness of better fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, automotive manufacturers and suppliers are increasingly moving from traditional steel sheet or galvanized alloys to mixed and very lightweight metals that offer significant savings. Reducing a vehicle’s weight by just 10 percent can improve fuel economy by 6-8 percent! […]

Maintenance personnel know how important cleaning is to maintaining efficient turbines. Airborne particles inevitably ingress into the gas turbine compressor, fouling the air path surface. This leads to reduced efficiency and increased fuel consumption. The question is whether the cleaning should be done online or offline. Both methods are complementary, and both are important. In […]

In oil and gas terms, a decade is little more than a heartbeat. According to the American Petroleum Institute, it can take up to 10 years just to bring an offshore well from leasing to production, and even longer in areas with no preexisting infrastructure. After spending so much time and potentially billions of dollars […]

Temperature is an important consideration throughout the entire vehicle development process. The most prominent example is inside the car where driver and passenger comfort are taken into account. This is far from the only example, though, especially today as lightweighting initiatives have introduced mixed material designs that cause a new set of challenges related to thermal […]

Today’s drivers are more used to digital technology in their cars than ever before. Music streamed from the cloud, real-time traffic information and personalized roadside assistance have become common. But there is certainly more to come. While the change to autonomous vehicle technology is influencing many aspects of vehicle development, the most noticeable area for […]

“Form follows function” is a maxim credited to early 20th century architect, Louis Sullivan, in relation to architectural and industrial design, inferring that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. Form also follows function in vehicle lightweighting. With 2025 CAFE standards targeting 54.5 mpg per […]

Humans have been fascinated by electricity for hundreds of years. When Benjamin Franklin proved lightning and electricity were one and the same using a kite, key and a strong hypothesis, this force of nature became a prime candidate for experimentation rather than simple parlor tricks. More than 100 years later, Thomas Edison perfected the incandescent […]

Like the Tower of London, automotive shock towers are built to survive brutal conditions outside and maintain stability. Often referred to as the workhorse of a vehicle, this part of a vehicle’s suspension system keeps it supported and stable. It takes a great deal of load in harsh under-vehicle environment, while maintaining its structural integrity […]

Good news! The weather is finally getting colder. You know what that means…snow! I recently took my sled out to get it ready for the season and one of the first things I did was change the chain case oil. This is important for two reasons: 1. Chain case oil breaks down with heating and cooling […]

With 2025 CAFE standards on the horizon mandating an average 54.5 mpg per vehicle, automakers and suppliers are examining every vehicle component and manufacturing process to subtract weight. Remove a few ounces here and a pound there, and suddenly an automaker may realize a vehicle weight reduction of 600 to 700 pounds. It’s not enough […]