We’re so excited to be interviewed by The Waterfront Restaurant. Their interest in sustainability goes way beyond their food: they’re also interested in cutting-edge green technology. We sat down with them and chatted about the energy-saving benefits our piezo actuators have over traditional solenoids. Check out the full interview over at their blog!
OK, so I’m diverging from the normal path. Thought we’d take on a fun project. We designed a new competition Intake Plenum that adapts the Porsche GT3 throttle body to fit in the Cayman. Ben did a great job with software modelling flow and velocities.
Steve did an incredible job making the prototype. We dyno tested HP before and after installation, with all else the same. The results are everything we hoped for and more. Saw a 12 HP gain at the wheels, but the real news is a 19% gain in torque at the wheels in the high RPM range! What fun.
Wow, it just keeps getting better!
So the Viking team has come up with a really cool liquid pump, based on our new 3-dimensional ViVa piezo actuator. I believe this will have many applications, as it can pump water, fuel, or just about any liquid. It can be scaled to small size for small flow rates and big for high flow rates. It can provide variable flow that can be controlled. We can even apply our ViVa piezo valves for ultra-low power consumption and make this thing reversible.
I’ll post pictures soon.
The Viking team has developed a line of hermetically sealed piezo actuators that are now being considered for a variety of applications. We are calling these products “SIAC”. In the past, there has been some use of hermetically sealed piezo in mass flow control devices for industrial process applications. We have improved the art by generating more displacement and longer life. Further, our SIAC devices can be driven at higher speed without damage. We are now developing these devices into truck, automotive, sprinkler and irrigation products. How cool is that??
Viking’s team has come up with a cost effective mechanical piezo amplifier that allows us to reduce the amount of piezo material by 90%. This means we can get more actuation with much less of the expensive piezo to drive it. We are now finding applications in piezo valves that allow us to deliver a better system cost with performance that process engineers have previously asked for, but not been able to find.
It’s getting better and better!