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OCT

19

2011

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The Case for Composites

, Vice President, Marketing at solidThinking

As noted by my colleague Giuseppe Resta in the last automotive blog post, there was justified fanfare for the BMW “i” brand, yet elsewhere in Frankfurt you could see that steel was not going to go away fast. The production version of the Volkswagen up! was said to be 13 percent lighter than the vehicle it replaced (VW Fox). VW pointed to engine downsizing, high strength steel and component optimization as the keys enablers of this. High-strength and ultra-high-strength steels make up 56.5 percent of the vehicle’s construction and achieve class-leading torsional rigidity. With facts like that, what are the compelling reasons to consider structural composites in the short term?


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OCT

13

2011

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Category: Automotive

Steel is Dead, Long Live Steel

, Vice President, Marketing at solidThinking

This week, my colleague Giuseppe Resta has some thoughts spurred by the unveiling of two exciting vehicles scheduled for 2013 production:

The Frankfurt Auto Show saw BMW unveil its new “i” brand of electric vehicles. While both the radical design language and impressive powertrain specifications were eye catching, the fact that these models will represent the first high volume vehicles built with of a carbon fiber (CFRP) body-in-white (BIW) – or body-in-black, if you will – stands out. Is this the dawning of a new era that will cause steel-based auto design to rust away?

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SEP

15

2011

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Category: Automotive

Young Engineers

, Vice President, Marketing at solidThinking

It has been a while since my last blog entry.  It has been a busy time. I attended a great Altair India HTC, presenting at NDIA GVSETS and then experiencing the excitement around Altair HQ with the official launch of the LCO-140H (the world’s first series hydraulic hybrid transit bus). After those experiences, it is difficult for me to imagine why so many graduates are not enthused by automotive, or mechanical engineering in general, as I mentioned in a previous blog.

So I thought I’d talk about a couple things that I think are exciting ways to reverse this trend. Read More


JUL

25

2011

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Category: Automotive

India, Innovation, 11

, Vice President, Marketing at solidThinking

This week I’m preparing to attend the HyperWorks Technology Conference (HTC) in Pune, India. This is part of the 2011 Global HTC Series. The events so far in Tokyo, Japan and Orlando, Florida have been well attended and have included some great customer presentations in addition to excellent keynotes. India will be no exception with, among others, Charlie Loh from Jaguar Land Rover addressing the “Journey from Physical to Virtual Verification” and Suresh Nandagopal, President, Autoliv India providing a “Safety Outlook for Automotive”.
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JUL

01

2011

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Category: Automotive

Micro-Mechanical Models & Motorcycles

, Vice President, Marketing at solidThinking

Material modeling at a micro-mechanical level was a tool once reserved for only the highest level aerospace composites. Now an accurate understanding of material behavior is essential for manufacturers of parts from automotive dashboards to cell phones.

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