STATE OF THE ART
GKN differential gear in production for Ford
GKN Powder Metallurgy is delivering forged powder metallurgy bevel gears with a higher strength to weight ratio than commercially available wrought forged gears. These lighter, stronger gears o er signi cant bene ts, enabling smaller gears to be used in downsized systems while at the same time promising better durability. That’s why the Ford F-series is using GKN forged powder metallurgy gears in its open di erentials and transmissions. Looking ahead, this technology will be ideal for all hybrid and full electric vehicles with improved life cycle durability.
Forged GKN di erential gears for Ford F150, assembly set
Di erential gear set and housing
Hydrogen storage: a green solution for renewable energy
The constant drive to cut emissions has seen exploratory work in various energy sources. New fuel cell technology that converts hydrogen into electricity is one such source. GKN Powder Metallurgy is using its powder process expertise to develop safe and stable storage for hydrogen. Using a metal-hydride unit made with powder metallurgy techniques provides the basis of a hydrogen reservoir that stores and then releases the gas when it is needed for charging a fuel cell.
GKN metal-hydride disc
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