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Sorry for throwing unrelated stuff together- limite on time today; ;)

 

First is new 9 speed transmission that Chrysler is going with to replace CVT's

 

http://www.sae.org/mags/AEI/9323

 

Second is a bit more on the UW engine labs multi fuel engine- this time saying an area of interest is using ethanol in this dual fuels engine;

 

http://www.sae.org/mags/AEI/9298

 

Third is an interesting link to Federal Budget proposal- interesting in it's budget by area;

 

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/newsgraphics/2011/0119-budget/index.html?hp&ref=earth

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Speaking of 9speed transmission... (random thought time ::))

 

growing up on the farm, I was used to driving corn-trucks... One of our neighbors had a 5-3 transmission on an old IHC truck... standard 5 speed, but with an "over/under/direct" switch you could slide on top of the gear shift... strait shifting... that was a fun truck...  My dad had a MUCH older IHC (late 40s) one that still had the double clutch... only drove that thing once...  don't know which was scarier... the transmission or the questionable brakes!

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National budget-

 

The only known item of the budgetary process….general public and politics the most inept part or tool to determine best use of resources as the usual budget process is run by demagogues. While we taxpayers need to understand where our money is being spent, we also need to rely on experts whom should be accountant types and be of the non partisan’s science. That’s a dying breed. Our country is total political and the business of politics the main industry.

 

To slow that troublesome trajectory only one thing works….take the money out of such shenanigans. When we hear the wealth upon the DC area continues to increase despite bad economy we all should become concerned. Where ever the easy money abounds….so does bad solutions. We need to reel in the money as this will dry up the resources for political exploits. Drain the DC swamp water.   

 

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RCCI-

 

Reitz sure an expert upon ICE. It is amazing to read advanced technology like this currently under development and to think how so many espoused the ICE is a dead horse as batteries so efficient. That this liquid combustion fuel technology is mature, we needn't spend R&D money on old stuff.

 

A reading of history eventually will disclose the key event for success, whereupon a nation and its people win. The root of such success never sprouted due to politics, fed spending, group workload, or even a focusing of resources such as Manhattan Project as were all educated upon. Far from that, it usually from a small motivated group and the groups leader with a vision, tons of intelligence, experience, and hard work. Even universities have realized this and try not to micromanage the element of developing genius. While the university system is not the typical path for R&D breakthrough, we have a hybrid system nowadays that partners up with business resources. This modern day R&D hybrid has become very effective.

 

The RCCI ignition system sounds like an off shoot of HCCI from GM. This new technology exploits combination of two fuels and EGR gases to mix or blend upon combustion chamber the correct ignition conditions and energy characteristics. Using port injector and DI.

 

Some comments from R&D articles claimed diesel fuel about pollution free burning upon the HCCI combustion. Didn’t understand exactly what they were getting at? This explains it. LOL, it is appearing the $$billions EPA awarded for clean diesel engines, the tier one (or was it tier two?) regulations that just about did in the diesel engine manufactures probably now judged a waste. John Deer was the lead dog for the new cat burner technology. Nice kitty. Wonder if all the cost to nation for sulfur removal and clean diesel fuel a waste also? That’s what happens when R&D is artificially pushed by government mandates, no matter the cost. Big wastes of resources. Technology breakthrough can’t be produced upon a master plan, nor can those that burden with cost of conformance rely on breakthroughs. While it is good to have long term goals, better not to get heavy handed such as the typical high and mighty fed bureaucracy and edicts. 

 

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Transmission-

 

CVT popularity seem to have slipped away even for low hp applications. We have a new era of transmission construction/technology upon us. Gear production and design has taken a big step forward, this could be impacting transmissions. Notice the synchronizer verbiage gone replaced the planetary gear talk. Back a few years was on a job with downrigger sports fishing equipment manufacturer that wanted to industrialize the downrigger for building construction. Seems they got marketing info that their fishing equipment was increasingly used to haul stuff high up for roof and brick work. Anyways a crude planetary transmission (plastic parts) worked great. One auto mechanic type commented on possible automotive application merit. The gears were constantly in sync ready for shift. This was simple machined device, but useful and reliable.

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