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Controlling a State-of-the-Art Automotive Test System

The Evolution of Automotive Testing One of the main roles of automotive component test labs is to validate the structural integrity of automotive components …

Simulating a Piezoelectric-Actuated Hydraulic Pump Design

Hydraulic pumps are often the focus of automotive engineers attempting to reduce energy losses. For example, power steering systems have progressed from purely …

Problem: Vehicle Rod Sizing

In designing a vehicle to go down the road at 60 mph, one must know the drawbar pull of the vehicle. This is a combination of drag coefficient, rolling …

More Than Hot Air: Applying Pneumatic Energy to Automotive Applications

For motorists and vehicle operators concerned with efficiency and reducing their environmental impact, hybrids are an attractive solution. Any vehicle with two …

What is Mechatronics?

The latest buzzword used within colleges and among many industry leaders is “mechatronics.” If one consults Wikipedia, the definition provided there is: …

Motion Control Technology Advances Aid Precision Automotive Manufacturing

Sometimes it’s not enough to simply close the control loop. Traditional control algorithms rely on eliminating an error between what is happening (as …

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