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090126: Novel Electroactive Polymer-based Flow Sensors for Automotive Systems

Michigan State University’s sensing technology enables potential commercial applications in a broad range of industrial applications where information is needed on a combination of fluid/gas flow rates (e.g., in a line), along with the real-time density/viscosity variation of those fluids or gases. The invention uses electroactive polymer comp...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Guoming Zhu, Xiaobo Tan, David Hung
Keywords(s): 3D Cursor, Automotive, Engine Control Module, Ethanol, Mass Air Flow Sensor, Polymers Category(s): Mechanical, Electrical, Devices

040091: Radial Wave Rotor

Traditional attempts to use depressions or pockets to control wave reflection of off-design operation in internal combustion engines undesirably reduce the sensitivity of axial wave rotors to engine speed changes. Nevertheless, there still exists a need to improve the performance and reduce the size of traditional wave rotors to enhance their c...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Norbert Mueller, Janusz Piechna, Pezhman Akbari, Florin Iancu
Keywords(s): Automotive, Internal Combustion Engine, Turbo-Machinery Category(s): Mechanical

040059: Wave Rotors for Ultra-Micro Gas Turbines

Gas turbine engines are essentially simple devices having only three parts: a compressor, a combustion area, and a turbine. Applications of such engines are well know, for example, in jet engines of aircraft, propulsion systems of tanks, and small industrial power plants. Devices such as wave rotors have been used in an attempt to improve the ...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Norbert Mueller, Florin Iancu, Pezhman Akbari
Keywords(s): Automotive, Energy Efficiency Category(s): Energy, Mechanical

000025: Hydroforming of Composite Materials

In hydroforming, a metal blank is formed into a desired shape with the use of fluid pressure impinging on the blank which in turn impinges on a die that gives the blank its final shape. Hydroforming has a number of advantages when compared to other shaping processes, including reduced tooling cost, increased drawability, and enhanced stability...
Published: 7/21/2014   |   Inventor(s): Farhang Pourboghrat, Michael Zampaloni, Andre Benard
Keywords(s): Automotive, Composites Category(s): Materials