Friday 19-Jul-2019

Recent Research

No more trial-and-error when choosing an electrolyte for metal-air batteries


Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a one-parameter measure that makes selecting the correct electrolyte for potassium-air batteries an exercise in rationality, rather than patience.

–Washington University in St. Louis|2019-07-10

HPC4Energy Innovation Program announces first joint funding awards for public/private partnerships


The High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation program (HPC4EI) today announced the nine public/private projects awarded more than $2 million in Department of Energy funding, with aims of improving energy production, enhancing or developing new material properties and reducing energy usage in manufacturing.

–Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory|2019-07-10

Ridehailing Services May Be Driving Up Traffic Deaths

The arrival of ridehailing is associated with an increase of approximately 3 percent in the number of motor vehicle fatalities and fatal accidents, according to research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

–University of Chicago Booth School of Business|2019-07-08

Do Passengers Prefer Autonomous Vehicles Driven Like Machines or Like Humans?


Passenger and pedestrian confidence and acceptance will be key to the future and development of autonomous vehicles so researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick

–University of Warwick|2019-07-08

European transportation solutions expert available to discuss congestion pricing and AVs

–German Center for Research and Innovation|2019-07-01

Researchers develop new, low-cost method to create thin film electrodes for supercapacitors

Researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have developed a new and inexpensive method to fabricate thin film electrode materials for supercapacitors that produce higher power at a lower cost. 

–University of Arkansas at Little Rock|2019-07-01

What Walmart’s move to self-driving delivery might mean


–University of Delaware|2019-06-20

Record efficiency for a gas engine

At the end of May, the final meeting of the "Horizon 2020" project "GasOn" with the EU Commission took place in Brussels. The aim of this EU project was the further development of gas engines for cars and vans. Around 20 partners participated, including ETH Zurich and Empa as well as four European automobile manufacturers and well-known suppliers. Gas-powered vehicles generally emit less pollutants than petrol or diesel cars. They are likely to gain importance in the future due to their possibility of being powered by renewable energy.

–Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology|2019-06-20

A New Manufacturing Process for Aluminum Alloys


Using a novel Solid Phase Processing approach, a research team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory eliminated several steps that are required during conventional extrusion processing of aluminum alloy powders, while also achieving a significant increase in product ductility. This is good news for sectors such as the automotive industry, where the high cost of manufacturing has historically limited the use of high-strength aluminum alloys made from powders.

–Pacific Northwest National Laboratory|2019-06-18

Electric vehicles would be a breath of fresh air for Houston


Cornell University researchers are expressing hope for the future of Houston’s breathable air, despite the city’s poor rankings in the American Lung Association’s 2019 “State of the Air” report. The report, released in April, ranked Houston ninth nationally for worst ozone pollution and 17th for particle pollution. Researchers say replacing at least 35 percent of Houston’s gasoline cars and diesel trucks with electric vehicles by 2040 will reduce pollution and improve air quality by 50 percent.

–Cornell University|2019-06-11

New look at old data leads to cleaner engines


New insights about how to understand and ultimately control the chemistry of ignition behavior and pollutant formation have been discovered in research led by Sandia National Laboratories. The discovery eventually will lead to cleaner, more efficient internal combustion engines.“Our findings will allow the design of new fuels and improved combustion strategies,” said Nils Hansen, Sandia researcher and lead author of the research.

–Sandia National Laboratories|2019-06-10

Political Scientist Available: Mexico Tariff, Auto Industry Impact


–University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)|2019-06-06

Penn State takes first, second place in international image-dehazing challenge

The dehazing algorithm has strong implications for the future of autonomous driving.

–Penn State College of Engineering|2019-06-06

Researchers get most comprehensive view yet of lithium-ion battery electrode damage


A multi-institute team of researchers has developed the most comprehensive view yet of how repeated charging damages lithium-ion battery electrodes. Manufacturers could potentially use this information to design more reliable and longer-lasting batteries for smartphones and cars, the researchers say.

–SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory|2019-06-03

TU Delft scientists create world’s smallest autonomous racing drone


TU Delft scientists have created the world’s smallest autonomous racing drone. The main challenge in creating the drone lies in the use of only a single, small camera and in the highly restricted amount of processing. The main innovation is the design of robust, yet extremely efficient algorithms for motion prediction and computer vision.

–Delft University of Technology|2019-05-28

Physical Activity Research Highlights from 2019 ACSM Annual Meeting

If you're looking for new health and fitness story ideas related to physical activity and chronic diseases, here is a selection of research that will be presented at ACSM's Annual Meeting beginning May 28 in Orlando, Florida. Contact Lisa Ramage to learn more about these topics or interview the ACSM researchers.

–American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)|2019-05-23

The Medical Minute: Keeping Your Teen Safe Behind the Wheel


A tragic trio of inexperience, strong emotions and distractions combines to make vehicle crashes the leading cause of death and disability among American teenagers.

–Penn State Health|2019-05-23

Driverless cars working together can speed up traffic by 35%

A fleet of driverless cars working together to keep traffic moving smoothly can improve overall traffic flow by at least 35 percent, researchers have shown.

–University of Cambridge|2019-05-20

Signals to Noise in Acoustic Vehicles Alerting Systems

If you’ve ever wished for a quieter commute, you may be in luck: The low-emission electric vehicles of tomorrow are expected to lower noise pollution as well as air pollution. The prospect of a future powered by environmentally friendly electric vehicles is leading experts to consider the benefits -- and the risks -- of quieter traffic. Two acoustics experts, Klaus Genuit and Rene Weinandy, will present their work studying acoustic vehicle alerting systems, or AVAS, at the 177th ASA Meeting, May 13-17.

–Acoustical Society of America (ASA)|2019-05-13

Schedule for the Acoustical Society of America Press Conferences with Live Webcasts from Louisville

Press conferences for the 177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will be held Tuesday, May 14 in the Laffoon Room at the Galt House. The morning and afternoon press conferences will focus on research into human sounds and language learning, protecting wildlife from man-made obstacles and potentially helping authorities respond faster in an active shooting situation, as well as other discoveries in acoustics.

–Acoustical Society of America (ASA)|2019-05-10

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