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Carbon-Fiber Cars

BMW will introduce the first affordable cars made with superlight carbon composites

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Rumpelstiltskin famously spun straw into gold, and until recently, the idea of weaving superlight carbon fiber into mainstream cars also seemed a fairy tale.

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Twistronic Yarns Harvest Energy From Movement

Novel fabrics could power wearables and potentially harvest energy from oceans

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Three SEM images show from top, 3 twisted slightly plied yarns, a plied harvester and a twist configuration, colorized to highlight the sections.

Twistrons, made from spun carbon nanotubes (CNTs), convert mechanical movement into electricity. UT Dallas researchers made a new kind of twistron by intertwining three individual strands of spun carbon nanotube fibers to make a single yarn. Their method was similar to the way conventional yarns used in textiles are constructed.

The University of Texas at Dallas

Novel yarns made with carbon nanotubes can generate electricity from mechanical energy better than any other material to date, a new study finds.

The high-tech yarns, known as twistrons, can be sewn into clothes to produce electricity from human motion or deployed in the ocean to harvest energy from waves, researchers say.

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Bosch Powers the Automotive Sector Toward an Electrified Future

The German company has optimized three-phase inverters and their DC link capacitors with a simulation-powered design process

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Digital art showing a 3D transparent car with the electric engine connected to batteries.

The global transition toward electric cars is getting a boost from industry suppliers like Robert Bosch, which provides electrical components and systems to car manufacturers. The Bosch team optimizes three-phase inverters and their DC link capacitors with a simulation-powered design process, which enables them to identify potentially destructive "hot spots" early in the development cycle.

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Just as tourists in Paris are drawn to the Louvre, visitors to Stuttgart, Germany, also flock to museums displaying the great works of the city. Stuttgart may not boast of Degas or Monet, but its prominent names are perhaps even more famous than Paris’ painters: Mercedes–Benz and Porsche. Each of these iconic automakers maintains a museum in the southwestern German city they call home. Their gleaming galleries feature many historic and influential cars, almost all of them powered by petroleum-fueled internal combustion (IC) engines. Looking ahead, Stuttgart will likely continue to be the heart of the German auto industry, but how long will the IC engine remain the heart of the automobile?

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