Mir­a­cLE Ma­TE­riaL

Calgary Sun - Autonet - - AUTO NEWS -

It’s in cell phones and some sport­ing goods – and soon, for the first time in au­to­mo­tive, it will be un­der the hood in ve­hi­cles.

Ford has an­nounced it will be us­ing graphene – a two-di­men­sional nano­ma­te­rial – in ve­hi­cle parts.

Dubbed a “mir­a­cle ma­te­rial” by some en­gi­neers, graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and one of the most con­duc­tive ma­te­ri­als in the world. It is a great sound bar­rier and is ex­tremely thin and flex­i­ble. Graphene is not eco­nom­i­cally vi­able for all ap­pli­ca­tions, but Ford, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ea­gle In­dus­tries and XG Sciences, has found a way to use small amounts in fuel rail cov­ers, pump cov­ers and front en­gine cov­ers to max­i­mize its ben­e­fits.

“The break­through here is not in the ma­te­rial, but in how we are us­ing it,” said Deb­bie Mielewski, Ford se­nior tech­ni­cal leader for sus­tain­abil­ity and emerg­ing ma­te­ri­als.

“We are able to use a very small amount, less than a half per cent, to help us achieve sig­nif­i­cant en­hance­ments in dura­bil­ity, sound re­sis­tance and weight reduction – ap­pli­ca­tions that oth­ers have not fo­cused on.” there were fender-ben­ders ev­ery­where.

Two Tues­days in a row, you needed un­nat­u­rally good luck to find a Cal­gary Tran­sit bus that could go up – or down – a hill with­out drama.

Those Who Lie (weather pre­dicters) at this writ­ing were say­ing that there won’t be a third Tues­day in a row of win­ter, that we will be closer to nor­mal Oc­to­ber tem­per­a­tures.

Sure hope so. I’m tired of plow­ing, sweep­ing and shov­el­ling.

Harry Pegg is a mem­ber of the Au­to­mo­bile Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada. You can find his re­views at www.ex­hausted.ca and on Face­book at Harry Pegg on Au­tos.

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