Using nondestructive testing to inspect, repair carbon fiber bicycles

Olympus nondestructive testing of carbon fiber bicycle part

Shawn Small, owner and chief engineer of Ruckus Composites, displays an A-scan reading on the 45MG thickness gage while conducting an ultrasound inspection on a carbon fiber bicycle frame. This reading displays the amount of received ultrasonic energy as a function of time. Source | Olympus

An undetected crack in a carbon fiber bicycle frame or component could present a large catastrophic liability to a cyclist, leading to potential injuries. Despite this, according to carbon fiber inspection and specialty repair shop Ruckus Composites (Portland, Ore., U.S.), a carbon fiber bicycle frame is one of the best bike investments a cyclist can make, due to the light weight, comfortable design, long life and repairability of carbon fiber bicycles.

Olympus nondestructive testing of carbon fiber bicycle part

Ruckus Composites’ technicians use an Olympus gage to map out damaged areas of a bike frame. Source | Olympus

Ruckus Composites has evaluated more than 13,000 carbon fiber bicycles and repaired more than

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Vehicle testing certificates in Dubai now paperless

Motorists in Dubai will no longer receive paper certificates when they get their vehicles tested for registration. Instead, e-certificates will be issued and e-mailed to customers, the emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Monday. 

Besides making the process more convenient and cost-efficient, the step was taken in line with the Dubai Paperless Strategy, a key project initiated by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council. The strategy seeks to transform the Dubai Government into a fully digital one in a couple of years.

“The RTA is always keen to support the government’s plans and strategic objectives of Dubai and the Green Economy initiative features high in the RTA’s core goals,” said Jamal Al Sadah, director of vehicle licensing at the Licensing Agency of the authority. 

Avoiding the use of paper amid the pandemic also supports efforts to

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Yandex begins testing self-driving cars in Michigan

Moscow-based tech giant Yandex today announced it has expanded testing of its self-driving cars to Michigan. A fleet of Yandex’s driverless vehicles recently hit Ann Arbor city streets, including the company’s fourth-generation autonomous Hyundai Sonatas created in partnership with Hyundai Mobis.

Yandex says it had planned to provide rides in its autonomous taxis in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which was scheduled to take place in June. The company had already done a significant amount of preparatory work by mid-spring, so when NAIAS was canceled in April, Yandex began searching for a Michigan location to facilitate longer-term commercial testing.

Yandex says Michigan’s “progressive” and “supportive” regulatory environment will enable “rapid” development and advancement. That’s because unlike Moscow, Tel Aviv, and Las Vegas, where Yandex also conducts testing, Ann Arbor allows operators autonomy — driverless cars aren’t required to have safety drivers behind the wheel. The central

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Racing Point got Mercedes F1 brake ducts in January as testing spares



Racing Point got Mercedes brake ducts in January


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Racing Point got Mercedes brake ducts in January

Racing Point received 2019-spec Formula 1 brake ducts from Mercedes in January as spare parts for its RP20 car in pre-season testing.

Racing Point was docked 15 constructors’ championship points and handed a €400,000 fine on Friday after it was deemed to have used an illegal design process for its rear brake ducts on its 2020 car.

The team previously used brake ducts supplied by Mercedes when they were a non-listed part, but were required to design their own for the 2020 season.

Racing Point intends to appeal the FIA’s ruling, while four rival teams are also planning similar action in pursuit of a harsher penalty.

The FIA stewards confirmed in their findings that Racing Point took delivery of a set of brake ducts from Mercedes on 6 January 2020, which had ceased to be non-listed parts six days

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Racing Point got Mercedes F1 brake ducts in January as testing spares – F1

Racing Point received 2019-spec Formula 1 brake ducts from Mercedes in January as spare parts for its RP20 car in pre-season testing.

Racing Point was docked 15 constructors’ championship points and handed a €400,000 fine on Friday after it was deemed to have used an illegal design process for its rear brake ducts on its 2020 car.

The team previously used brake ducts supplied by Mercedes when they were a non-listed part, but were required to design their own for the 2020 season.

Racing Point intends to appeal the FIA’s ruling, while four rival teams are also planning similar action in pursuit of a harsher penalty.

The FIA stewards confirmed in their findings that Racing Point took delivery of a set of brake ducts from Mercedes on 6 January 2020, which had ceased to be non-listed parts six days earlier.

The stewards did not deem this to be a “significant

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Cole Custer piles on the miles as Next Gen car resumes testing at Dover



a close up of a person wearing a helmet: Cole Custer piles on the miles as Next Gen car resumes testing at Dover


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Cole Custer piles on the miles as Next Gen car resumes testing at Dover


Cole Custer soaked in his first experience with NASCAR’s Next Gen model for the 2022 Cup Series in a two-day test held Monday and Tuesday at Dover International Speedway.

First impressions? The Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate has them, but for now the more lasting takeaway is the physical toll of tacking on a pair of test days — goal: 500 miles — to a weekend doubleheader of 311-mile races.

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“Right now, I‘m wore the hell out,” Custer said with a laugh. “We‘ve surpassed 1,000 miles in four days at Dover and it’s probably the toughest track for that physically.”

The Monday-Tuesday sessions at the Monster Mile marked the fifth on-track test for the proposed 2022 model and the first since the outbreak

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Testing V2T (Vehicle to Tent) mode for the Hyundai Kona electric

Whilst CCS charging has yet to officially have the Vehicle to Grid (V2G) capacity available in some countries for CHAdeMO DC charging port fitted vehicles* – the Hyundai Kona electric (which uses the more common CCS DC charging system) does offer a ‘Vehicle to Tent’ function#.

Kona ‘User Settings’ menu

Rather confusingly called ‘Utility Mode’, when activated, it enables all the vehicle 12V systems to be run by the main high-voltage pack. As a result, a fully charged Kona electric can provide many days worth of light to medium duty 12V power to a camping site!

kona utility mode

To enable this ‘V2T’ mode, the Kona needs to be powered on, but in ‘Park’ and with the parking brake activated. At this point the driver’s display menu item ‘Utility mode’ (found in the ‘User settings’ menu) becomes available for selection.

When enabled, all the vehicle 12V systems are fed via the

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Emissions testing hours are Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM, and Saturday from 8AM to 1PM. No testing on Sundays and most major holidays.

Locate a Test Center

The Connecticut Vehicle Emissions Program is designed to be convenient. Testing is administered through a network of privately owned automotive service facilities located throughout the state click here to find a Test Center near you.

Each facility will have an exterior sign with their official Test Center number, provide designated emissions testing parking and a waiting area where you can view the test and review program literature.

Are you getting your test today?  Click here to see the latest test center closures.

What if I Failed the Test?

If your vehicle failed the emissions test, then it’s exceeding the allowable emissions standards for the year it was manufactured. Vehicles that fail need to be repaired and retested within 60 calendar days from the date of the initial test. Click here for information on failing the Connecticut Emissions Test.

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Automotive products today need to be safe and strong. Is your chassis built to defend against salt spray erosion? How does your engine respond in high altitude? Will your vehicle or component withstand years of vibration?

Intertek can help substantiate the durability of the engine or shocks, for example, or collaborate on a build of specific test methods for key areas of product development. Expedite environmental exposure testing for everything from -45°C to 177°C, optimize thermal shock or tensile strength testing, targeted electrical testing, and much more. Automotive testing supports materials testing, performance testing, research and development, safety, and certification for both established and developmental alternative energy fuels and new technologies.

But Intertek offers much more than automotive testing and certification;

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