Integrity Exports. Five Mazda engineers are receiving the 2011 Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Medal for developing Mazda’s 1.3-liter gasoline engine with “Skyactiv” technology that allows an exceptionally high 14.0:1 compression ratio and fuel efficiency of 30 km/L (70.6 mph US, 3.33 L/100 km) under Japan’s 10-15 test cycle.
Achieving a high compression ratio in conventional gasoline engines has been difficult due to the phenomenon of abnormal combustion, widely known as “knocking”. The award is in recognition of Mazda’s discovery that a low-temperature oxidation reaction (in which bonds within molecules of fuel break and produce energy) occurs before ignition at high compression ratios. This leads to a reduction in knocking and increase in output. The reward also praises Mazda’s innovative use of this discovery in the development of its vehicles.
The 30 km/L fuel economy of the face-lifted Mazda Demio (known overseas as Mazda2), equipped with the SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine is achieved due to a thorough reduction of mechanical friction, improvements to Mazda’s unique idling stop system “i-stop”, and precisely controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Every year, the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers awards JSME Medals for the best research papers in each field and for developing new technologies or machines. The awards are presented in an effort to encourage research activities and the development of mechanical engineering. Other awards presented by the Society include the JSME Award for Young Engineers and the JSME Education Award.
This is the seventh time Mazda employees have received a JSME Medal for New Technology. Previous medals were awarded for the “Application of Automotive Rotary Unit,” the “Development of Miller-cycle Engine” and “Development of functional integration modules using high-strength plastics with long glass-fiber reinforced polypropylene material and injection molding process” and “Development of rotary engine with side exhaust port layout for automobile (RENESIS).”