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.