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‘Top Tech of 2017’ Award Received
December 28, 2017

Sweet Briar professor T.C. Scott is part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Advanced Power Train Thermal team that developed a refrigerant-cooled charge air cooler for the 840 horsepower Dodge Demon supercharged Hemi engine. The innovative design won one of nine automotive 2017 top technology awards given by Popular Science magazine. “Breathing fire into the Demon” is what the magazine calls the invention in its November/December 2017 issue.

Prof. Scott, who teaches thermodynamic and fluid systems as a professor of practice at Sweet Briar, is a consultant with the advanced engineering teams at Chrysler. For this project, he developed the mathematical models that support the air cooler design. While Prof. Scott notes that the details of the process are proprietary, he says Chrysler’s team uses the laws of physics to calculate what is needed to accomplish the task of cooling the air and determine what size the devices need to be.

Working with suppliers on the design of the required parts, the team then tests it on a car at the high-speed racetrack and refines the design further.

Prof. Scott was an engineer at Chrysler before joining as a consultant. He later taught engineering at the University of Virginia and helped start the Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program at Sweet Briar.

This article reprinted from materials provided by Sweet Briar College.

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