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Kistler Torque sensor chosen for supercharger research at Imperial College
"Ultra Boost", a three year project, partially funded by the Technology Strategy Board, is aiming to develop a supercharged petrol engine with the same power output and only 35% of the exhaust emissions as a current 5L V8 engine but only of half the size.
With the number of cars, vans and light trucks on the roads expected to double in the next 25 years, there is considerable research in progress aimed at developing new techniques to increase the efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of existing low carbon vehicles (LCV). Currently, less than one in every thousand of the vehicles on the UK roads are pure electric or hybrid with the other nine hundred and ninety nine being powered by an internal combustion engines (ICE), petrol or diesel.
As part of the "Ultra Boost" project, a research team at Imperial College London is developing a new supercharger test rig with the aim of assessing the performance of boosting components to allow smaller, more fuel efficient engines to replace larger, less environmentally friendly types. A key component of the system monitoring the efficiency of the supercharger is a Kistler Smart torque sensor which is able to operate precisely and reliably at high speed.
Established in Winterthur (Switzerland) in 1957, the Kistler Group now has a worldwide presence with 25 group companies and 30 distributors ensuring prompt, local application support and short delivery times. With a staff of more than 1050, the Kistler Group is one of the world's leading providers of dynamic measuring instrumentation with a turnover of 210 million Swiss Francs (GBP 145M) in the 2010 financial year.
Kistler's core competence is the development, production and use of sensors for measuring pressure, force and acceleration. Kistler's know-how and electronic systems can be used to prepare measuring signals for use in analysing physical processes, controlling and optimising industrial processes, improving product quality in manufacturing and improving performance in sports and rehabilitation.
Kistler offers a comprehensive range of sensors and systems for engine development, automotive engineering, plastics and metal processing, installation technology and biomechanics.
Heavy investment in research and development, 15% of staff worldwide are engaged in research and development, has generated a number of innovations using piezoelectric, piezoresistive and capacitive techniques to provide solutions to numerous force, pressure and acceleration measuring problems. These innovations include the world's first commercial quartz sensor, two-wire constant current technology to integrate sensors with microelectronic circuitry, high-temperature pressure sensors for use up to 400 Deg C and three-component force measuring sensors.
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