May 19th, 2008 at 2:49pm
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The Timken Company is known all over the world for making bearings, and now they’ve developed one that could really help improve fuel economy.
Timken has built a roller bearing that minimizes friction. They’ve designed it to have what they call “optimized geometry.” What that means is they engineered it to be lighter and thinner than regular bearings. They also changed the design of the internal rollers so they fit closer together. These changes result in a 30 percent reduction in resistance which can add up to a three percent improvement in vehicle fuel economy.
This new design also runs quieter and cooler than traditional roller bearings. All this shows is the nitty-gritty details the auto industry is getting into as it leaves no stone unturned in its quest for more miles to the gallon.