Applications of nuclear methods in the automotive industry

  • E. W. Schneider
  • S. O. Yusuf
Medical and Industrial Applications


Over the years nuclear methods have proved to be a valuable asset to industry in general and to the automotive industry in particular. This paper summarizes some of the most important recent contributions of nuclear technology to the development of vehicles having high quality and long-term durability. Radiotracer methods are used to measure engine oil consumption and the wear rates of inaccessible components. Radiographic and tomographic methods are used to image fluids and structures in engines and accessory components. Tracers are used to understand combustion chemistry and quantify fluid flow. Gauging methods are used for inspection and process control. Nuclear analytical methods are used routinely for materials characterization and problem solving. Although nuclear methods are usually considered as the means of last resort, they can often be applied more easily and quickly than conventional methods when those in industrial engineering and R&D are aware of their unique capabilities.


Fluid Flow Wear Rate Automotive Industry Recent Contribution Industrial Engineering 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. W. Schneider
    • 1
  • S. O. Yusuf
    • 1
  1. 1.Analytical Chemistry DepartmentGeneral Motors Research and Development CenterWarren(USA)

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