Future Tech: ThermoComposite One-way Heat Exchange
This technology is in the development/prototype stage, but it has some exciting performance-enhancing possibilities. According to Yet2.com, testing of the technology confirmed that the ThermoComposite's heat-transfer material, using relatively low-carbon thermal conductivities, significantly outperformed aluminum with a 10-15 percent increase in the rapid dissipation of heat. Furthermore, the material is sort of a one-way street for heat: It flows in one direction only. What's particularly cool about this material is that you can build things with it that direct the flow of heat in advantageous ways.
One of the areas we may see this technology is in electronic packaging. In addition to thermal management products such as heat sinks, thermal sheets, and films, the ThermoComposite technology has applications for the production of electronic boards, housings, and other complex structures that incorporate integrated microthermal management devices into a macro structure to optimize space and weight, and to enhance structural and environmental characteristics. Full-thermal management and structural systems could be achieved by hybridizing existing structures with high-thermal-conductivity fiber, insulation, and EMI and RFI shielding materials. In other words, electronics will get even smaller and more powerful.
Automotive applications are a natural. Essentially, the technology will offer the same benefits for electronic components,but for non-electronics: self-cooling brake pads, where the ThermoComposite technology allows the dissipation of heat energy caused by braking friction to an impinged airflow against the exterior of the brake pad surface. So instead of part of the heat being absorbed into the caliper and boiling, the heat would go to the air, giving you monster braking power. The engineers are even thinking of alternative engine cooling systems that use the leading edge surfaces of a vehicle to act as the heat exchanger with the material connected directly to a heat source.
The Roush F-150
The latest word from Roush Enterprises is that the Roush F-150 is F-150 includes body-styling upgrades, performance-handling tuning, and plans for an aftermarket supercharger. It's available in 4x2 and 4x4 models in the following stages: Roush Tejon, Roush Stage 1, and Roush Stage 2.
Roush Tejon (pronounced tay-hone), a Spanish/Latin slang term for big Texan, features a Roush hoodscoop, 20-inch chrome wheels and tires, dual out-the-rear exhaust, Roush-branded tips, Roush front and rear window banners, and Tejon bed graphics.
Other performance options are also available on the Tejon, such as Jack Roush-insignia performance leather seats, instrument panel cluster for XLT application, front chin spoiler, and billet pedals. The Roush Tejon is available on most chassis and all cab, bed, and factory trim configurations.
The Roush Stage 1 F-150 includes a Roush-designed front chin spoiler, painted front bumper, Roush hoodscoop, dual rear-exit exhaust with Roush-branded tips, performance suspension that lowers the 4x2 and 4x4 models 20-inch Roush chrome wheel and tire package, Roush front and rear window banners, and Roush floor mats.
The suspension upgrades include front coil springs, rear leaf springs, a larger solid front stabilizer bar, and specially valved shocks. Stage 1 also lowers the truck 2 inches in the front and 3 inches in the rear. With a leveled and lowered stance, the company claims the Roush Stage 1 F-150 is capable of producing 0.89 g's of lateral acceleration.
The Roush Stage 2 adds Roush-designed cab and bed body-styling components, including wheel flares and rocker panels and dual side exhaust, as well as a host of other available performance options, such as Jack Roush-insignia performance leather seats, instrument panel cluster for XLT application, and billet pedals.
Roush F-150s can be found at participating Ford dealerships. For more information on all Roush vehicles and products, visit the company's Web site at www.roushperf.com or call (800) 59-ROUSH (597-6874).