Car and motorcycle designs have a higher profile than many engineering projects, not to mention flashier colours. As with most things, their complexity is continually increasing, making more sophisticated analysis techniques necessary in their development. Nevertheless, simplicity remains a hallmark of good engineering. It is important to design within manufacturing constraints, but also to design for your end user. Happy reading.
A thermally-activated shape memory alloy opens engine bay cooling flaps when the bay temperature reaches a set point. The mechanism is said to save weight over an electrical or hydraulic activation. It is a simple concept in a glamourous application.
Car Buzz, July 2020
Historically, different countries have taken different approaches to building motorcycle engines because of differing cultures and capabilities. Recently though, as manufacturing technology has improved, many of the details are executed the same way across the world.
Cycle World, May 2020
To meet complex performance requirements, modern engineers need to account for many factors. Three different approaches can shorten the feedback loop in a design cycle. However, "simulation-driven design does not replace the final expert analysis needed to verify performance at the end of the process."
ASME, May 2020
What good is an autonomous car if you can’t read a book while you are "driving"? How about optimizing acceleration, braking, lane positioning, seat temperature and ambient lighting not for efficiency but to minimize passenger nausea? So much for just perfecting the chauffeur stop.
IMechE News, August 2020