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Numerical Simulation-Based Topology Optimization Leads to Better Cooling of Electronic Components in Toyota Hybrid Vehicles
Toyota Research Institute of North America, MI, USA
The Toyota Research Institute in Ann Arbor drives cutting-edge research in energy efficiency, mobility infrastructure, and safety. Here, Ercan Dede and his team are designing heat sinks (or cold plates), which are affixed to fragile electrical systems and other applications in Toyota’s hybrid vehicles. Their simulations simulate the cold plate’s topology for improved cooling efficiency ...
Alexander Frey and Ingo Kuehne
Siemens Corporate Technology, Munich, Germany
Siemens is a technology company working with electronics and electrical engineering in industry, energy, and healthcare. Researchers at Siemens Corporate Technology are experimenting with an energy harvesting MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical System) generator. In collaboration with Continental AG, they are designing a MEMS device for use as a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The movement of ...
Leopold Kostal GmbH,
Modern cars offer a wide range of complex functionality that comes with several design challenges. This story discusses some of the necessary updates to a roof module in a premium car and the charging system of an electric car. The roof module of a particular model houses several components. 90% of the generated heat goes into its printed circuit board (PCB), so temperature control is vital for ...
Lorenzo Spicci & Marco Cati
Esaote S.p.A. produces medical diagnostic systems, including the manufacturing and sales of ultrasound imaging systems. Lorenzo Spicci and Marco Cati are researching ways to improve ultrasound probes to maximize their performance, knowing a smaller, more effective machine could make this technology more accessible. They used COMSOL Multiphysics to create a model of these transducers, coupling ...
Riello Burners manufactures high-efficiency low maintenance burners for use in residential and commercial heating applications, as well as in industrial processes. Proper ventilation is crucial for a burner because it maintains appropriate air flow into the combustion head where the flame is located. When designing the fan for any burner, there must be a balance between a configuration which ...
Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd, Edinburgh, UK
Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd specializes in complex vibration issues, like those caused by wind turbines. The meshing of teeth within the gearbox of a wind turbine can cause great vibrations which are perceived as excessive noise. This presents a problem as there are strict regulatory standards throughout Europe and North America limiting permissible noise from these structures. Studying the ...
Dr. Rolf Disselnkötter
ABB AG, Ladenburg, Germany
Transformers have been around for quite a while but their fundamentals are still being investigated by ABB in Ladenburgh, Germany. The ABB Corporate Research Centre is currently developing sophisticated magnetic sensors, using finite element analysis (FEA) to investigate the way in which external electrical sources and loads impact a magnetic subsystem like a transformer core. Their goal is to ...
Aulis Tuominen and Mika Maaspuro
University of Turku
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Hella Lighting Finland Oy
Helvar Oy Ab
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) offer many benefits over incandescent lighting, such as long life spans and high luminous efficiency, and they are environmentally friendly. One of the drawbacks, however, is that LEDs need to operate at the lowest possible temperatures and this must be carefully regulated. Researchers at Business and Innovation Development Technology at the University of Turku in ...
Robert Ian Taylor
Shell Global Solutions
Shell Global Solutions UK is conducting research to optimize lubricants for the fuel economy. A problem exists in creating a balance between energy efficient lubricants that decrease friction, and the higher wear created by the thinner oil film in the lower friction lubricant. There are also many points of contact with extremely high pressure, which increases the viscosity of the lubricant, ...
Zeeko Ltd is a technology company that manufactures corrective polishing machines for optics and other surfaces. They are presently researching fluid jet polishing (FJP), which pumps a mixture of water and abrasive particles through a nozzle onto a work piece. Unfortunately, FJP tends to introduce waveforms on to the polished surfaces, which in turn causes serious problems with optics. It is ...