Honeywell Turbo Technologies

01.31.2012
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Engineering Excellence

Pushing the envelope in fuel efficiency, emissions reduction and performance, Honeywell Turbo Technologies has long embraced achieving engineering excellence through technology leadership, global engineering footprint and emerging region capabilities.

Honeywell’s advanced turbo solutions help meet emissions and fuel economy targets for the broadest range of vehicles in all segments and in all regions. Its global team of engineers currently support 500 new engine programs in the pipeline as well as 100 new launches each year, and the company maintains the largest presence in emerging regions, providing end-to-end ownership for local engine programs.

Honeywell’s automotive customers benefit from the experience and expertise of some of the world’s best turbo brains, including specialists working in aerodynamics, structure and fatigue, materials, rotordynamics, simulation, vibroacoustics and reliability, and it is a truly global team, with member collaborating from Honeywell Turbo’s R&D centers in the US, France, Czech Republic, China and India and directly serving customers wherever they are based.

Honeywell is also driving competitive advantage for its customers through the development and application of software tools that could run sophisticated simulation, analysis and test programs linked to bearing systems, aerodynamics and materials, enabling the company to be leaders in key turbo engineering areas such as rotordynamics prediction, auto-optimization for aerodynamics and failure mode prediction.

As turbocharging gains wider adoption due to its ability to re-cycle energy that is otherwise wasted, the engineering effort at Honeywell centers around the three drivers for fuel efficiency: engine downsizing, higher combustion temperature and electrification hybridization. Corresponding to the three drivers are Honeywell’s industry-leading core capabilities in high-speed machine (up to 350,000rpm), high-temperature materials (up to 1900 °F) and energy recovery (up to 50kW).

While for high-speed machine, the R&D effort focuses on developing advanced aerodynamics, ultra-low inertia rotors and air bearings, for high-temperature materials, the attention is on new materials for gasoline applications, overall engine integration and catalyst management. In the area of energy recovery, a new technology frontier, Honeywell turbo engineers are working on coupling of turbo and electrification, waste heat recovery and energy regeneration.

One area of unique advantage for Honeywell customers is the cross fertilization of ideas within the entire Honeywell engineering community. In the case of turbocharging, this means gaining access to advanced aerodynamics associated with Honeywell Aerospace, to new high-temperature materials such as nano-composites and to new bearing technologies. In addition, Honeywell further differentiates itself by offering unique engineering insight through early co-development, execution excellence through dedicated global customer teams and long-term competitive advantage through advanced manufacturing engineering and rapid product development.