Currently, the researchers are working on a way to test the predictability of protective ceramic thermal barrier coatings used in jet engine turbine blades to better determine an estimated expected lifespan of the turbine blades.
As electrified propulsion systems, including hybrid and plug-in electrics, gain market share through 2026, gasoline engines will likely take an increasing share of the remaining conventional ICE sales.
August 21, 2017
Consumer acceptance, cost, and infrastructure support remain challenges to mass adoption of electric propulsion systems in the near to mid-term.
Primary barriers to adoption include data security and privacy concerns, alignment with existing legacy framework, and associated costs of technology adoption.
August 15, 2017
A recent survey found that 30% of transportation industry respondents plan to introduce robotics into their business operations within the next year, with another 22% actively assessing the technology.
The most common of these thin-film vacuum coating processes include evaporation (e.g., using a cathodic arc or thermal technique), ion beam deposition, and sputtering (e.g., using plasmas). All PVD coating processes must occur inside a vacuum chamber so that the vaporized materials do not react with any atmospheric contaminants that could interfere with the microscopic layer of coating, or with the adhesion of the growing thin film to the substrate.