GM's RFID Engine Bolts Prevent Assembly Line Screw-Ups

Threaded fasteners haven’t changed drastically since they were invented ages ago. But now, General Motors has put RFID tags in the bolts used on engine assembly lines, turning simple hardware into tracking devices that make sure everything gets assembled properly. That bolt’s got a (2kb) brain!

Monster Machines: It's Not Broken, The Open Rotor Turbine Is Supposed To Look Like That

This is not a broken turboprop engine. It’s a new radical new aircraft engine design by French engine manufacturer Snecma, one that will forgo the traditional bypass system and remove the engine ducting altogether while reducing fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and engine noise.

This Wonderful Sound Is A Turbine Engine's Worst Nightmare

Turbines are huge, intricate, beautiful machines. And if you drop something inside of them, they double as musical instruments. But as YouTuber AgentJayZ demonstrates, the delightful xylophone sound that makes is actually horrible.

Jet Engines Endure Trial By Ice

Today’s shot of the day is from GE’s engine testing site in Winnipeg, Canada, where new engines endure trial by ice — a simulated winter gale that batters them with 1270kg of cold air per second and thousands of gallons of freezing water, all at minus eight degrees fahrenheit. [GE; Gizmodo]

Monster Machines: The Next F-35 Lightning's Engine Adapts For Flight, Fight And Beyond

Unlike commercial airliners, modern military aircraft are subjected to ever-changing flying conditions — from high-thrust takeoffs to flying at altitude to combat manoeuvres. So why are they outfitted with engines that perform optimally in only one of those flight envelopes? For the next iteration of the F-35 Lightning II, Pratt and Whitney is developing an engine that performs at its best no matter what’s required of it.

2014's F1 Cars Are Going to Sound Rubbish

The FIA’s decided to get with the program of fuel efficiency and is forcing every F1 team to swap their beastly and incredibly-high-revving 2.4L V8s for smaller 1.6L V6s with turbos. On the face of it, that’s better for our normal-car tech development, but what it means is they’re going to end up sounding a bit crap. Like vacuum-cleaner whiny. Rubbish.

An Over-The-Top Conference Table Is The Perfect Use For Obsolete 747s

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and Airbus’ A380 are both competing to replace an ageing fleet of 747s that have served passengers for more than 40 years. But what’s to be done with all those jumbo jets once they’re been replaced? MotoArt has the answer, at least when it comes to the 747’s gigantic engines: a stylish conference table that looks suitable for a meeting of the world’s most evil supervillains.

It's Good This Plane Wasn't Flying When Its Engine Exploded

Yesterday, this Airbus A330 was zipping down the runway of Manchester Airport, UK, ready to take off and head to the Dominican Republic. And then, holy crap, its jet engine exploded.

This Is How Engineers Guarantee Jet Engines Can Work In The Cold

This expanse of metal might not look much, but it’s actually the NASA test facility that allows engine manufacturers to simulate flying through the upper atmosphere. It ensures engines don’t fail when things get too cold.

This Is NASA's Solar Propulsion Engine Of The Future

This Tron-esque glowing blue ring isn’t the latest designer lamp. It’s actually NASA’s cutting-edge solar-electric propulsion thruster, which is currently being tested in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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