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Infrared technology in automotive components research and development
Author(s): Wissam H. El-Ratal; Daniel C. Bee
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Paper Abstract

There is increasing pressure in the Automotive Industry to reduce the time it takes to bring new components to production. Typical development times have been shortened from approximately five years to around two years over the last decade. The challenge for the testing community is to meet these time constraints without affecting quality. In order to remain competitive in the automotive industry, it is necessary for the vehicles developed to possess certain properties such as low weight, high stiffness, good fuel efficiency, high reliability, good ride and handling characteristics, good NVH ( Noise, Vibration, and Harshness), as well as good aerodynamical characteristics. It is generally recognized that these objectives cannot be met by developing the components through a series ofmechanical tests, since these methods are both too time consuming and expensive. New testing methods should be introduced in order to meet the aggressive goals associated with shorting the concept-to-customer (CTC) development cycle. These new methods need to be non-destructive (NDT), relatively easy to use and set-up, effective, and able to meet short timing constraints. Test results have to be reliable, repeatable, and accurate. One ofthe new technologies that has been introduced recently at Ford VISTEON, Chassis Systems, Experimental Engineering Department (BE) to meet the short CTC is Infrared.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3361, Thermosense XX, (26 March 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.304747
Show Author Affiliations
Wissam H. El-Ratal, Ford VISTEON (United States)
Daniel C. Bee, Ford VISTEON (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3361:
Thermosense XX
John R. Snell; Richard Norman Wurzbach, Editor(s)

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