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Development of Materials during Third Formula One Era

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review F1 Special (The third Era Activities)

Summary

The realization of high-power and high-efficiency powertrains, lightweight and compact vehicle frameworks, and a high level of durability and reliability are necessary to increasing the competitiveness of Formula One race vehicles, and material technologies are an essential factor in this. Honda has developed high-strength, high-stiffness, and low-density materials such as titanium-aluminum and aluminum metal matrix composite (MMC) materials in order to achieve weight-savings in structural parts. The company has also developed low-friction and high-durability surface modification technologies, in particular DLC coatings, for friction materials. For use in hybrid systems, Honda has developed magnetic materials for use in motors and highly functional materials such as high-thermal-conductivity materials. These material technologies have enhanced vehicle performance and increased race competitiveness.

Reference

(1) Ito, K., Asami, M., Koinuma, H.: High-performance Shell Bearing from New Material, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 240-242
(2) Mizoue, K., Kawahito, Y., Mizogawa, K.: Development of Hollow Crankshaft, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 243-245
(3) Munemura, T., Yamada, H., Ohnuma, T.: Development of Titanium Exhaust Pipe, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 266-268
(4) Konagaya, D., Tanahashi, T., Tanaka, T.: Development of High-performance Gear Materials, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 271-272
(5) Sanada, T.: Development of Titanium Hollow Valve and Study of Sodium-potassium Valve, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 257-259
(6) Murai, Y., Tsuchiya, M.: Development of Lightweight and Low-friction Resin Materials for Oil Pump Rotor, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 269-270
(7) Murai, Y.: Research on Coolant Using Nano Additives and Heavy Water, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 271-272
(8) Murai, Y., Okumura, M.: Development of High Thermal Conductivity Material for Heatspreader, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 278-279
(9) Tsuchiya, M., Tsunashima, S., Hashimoto, H.: Development of Titanium Aluminide Valve, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 254-256
(10) Ito, N., Yonehara, M., Yakubo, K.: Development of DLC Coating on Camshaft and Rocker Arm, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 260-262
(11) Miyoshi, T.: Development of High Induction Stator Core, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 280-281
(12) Ishizuka, K., Kusakai, K., Imai, N.: Development of Metal Matrix Composite Piston, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 246-247
(13) Minato, S., Onaha, Y.: Development of Lightweight Titanium-aluminide Piston Pin, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 248-250
(14) Minato, S., Mizogawa, K.: Development of Hollow Titanium Connecting Rod, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 251-253
(15) Imai, N., Nishida, H.: Development of Laser Clad Welded Valve Seat, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 263-265
(16) Tanahashi, T., Onaha, Y.: Development of DLC for Transmission Gears, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 278-279
(17) Yamada, Y.: Weight Reduction Study for Side Panel of Formula One Monocoque, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 282-285
(18) Yanase, A., Yamada, H.: Development of Brake Caliper Production Process with High Strength Al-Li Material, Honda R&D Technical Review 2009, F1 Special (The Third Era Activities), p. 286-288

Author (organization or company)

Masami HOSHI(Automobile R&D Center)

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