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About kamp_dogg

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    I work in the trucking industry. Have an interest in tiered engine technologies and am here to learn whatever I can from other experts in the field.

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  1. A jury has awarded $101 million to a man who was injured when an oil field truck rear-ended him. Reports indicate that this could be the largest civil penalty ever for a large truck accident. Joshua Patterson was driving home from church one day in 2013 when he was rear-ended by an FTS International Truck. FTS is an oil services company that hauls sand and other materials to and from oil fields. The accident did not initially seem too major. Patterson told the authorities that he was not injured and left. But then Patterson underwent multiple medical procedures including surgery on discs in his upper spine. After that, Patterson was unable to return to work. One of Patterson’s attorney, John Hull, claims that they attempted to reach an agreement with the company before going to trial. Instead, FTS was ordered by a jury to pay $101 million. Of that, $75 million is punitive damages. According to Hull, the reason for the huge sum was the negligence of the company in hiring and continuing to employ the driver who rear-ended Patterson. William Acker, the FTS driver, tested positive for both marijuana and methamphetamines after the crash. According to Hull, Acker admitted to using both drugs about three times a week. Based off of the company’s own rules, Acker should never have been hired in the first place. Before he was hired, he had at least three moving violations within 36 months. Acker allegedly lied on his application and left off two violation. FTS never bothered to check. Acker also was apparently on probation with the company over other accidents he had been in. But instead of firing him, the lawsuit filed against them claims that the company was planning on promoting him to become a trainer. While FTS will be responsible for the lion’s share of the payment, Acker has been ordered to personally pay $50,000. It is expected that the judgment will be appealed.
  2. I agree the number of moving parts/gears and potential for things to go wrong seems to be much greater in this more complex design. The youtube videos (1-4) were really good and help you to see how they are achieving this.
  3. Good points. I guess I'll still have a job for a while longer.
  4. I read an article about a variable compression engine, with the statement that this technology could kill the diesel engine. It's basically a gas engine that can change it's compression ratio on the fly. (Ranges from 8:1 all the way up to 14:1). "The ingenuity of VC-T engine technology lies in its ability to transform itself and seamlessly raise or lower the height the pistons reach. As a consequence, the displacement of the engine changes and the compression ratio can vary anywhere between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency). The sophisticated engine control logic automatically applies the optimum ratio, depending on what the driving situation demands." Just thought this was cool and wondering for anyone who has a deep understanding of mechanical workings, is this really a breakthrough that could threaten the diesel engine or is this just hype? The full article can be found here: https://jalopnik.com/worlds-first-variable-compression-ratio-engine-could-ki-1785295848
  5. kamp_dogg

    Ol' Dozer caught an intruder last night...

    Ate the bugger whole. That's pretty cool. Watched it while eating my lunch (don't recommend this).
  6. kamp_dogg

    Happy Birthday Vlad

    Happy birthday big guy! Have always enjoyed reading your posts. All the best!
  7. kamp_dogg

    America's youth

    All those pictures are highly unsafe, it's comical to think - babies wrapped in cellophane?! If you like dead babies I guess being delivered by a stork. Wierd how people thought. Hey, give that kid a cigarette and a beer!
  8. kamp_dogg

    My parts guy's Digital Man Cave....

    This guys man cave was pretty dang cool. made me think of owning a pinball machine.
  9. kamp_dogg

    Ice Fishing

    Converted camper and restored truck - done by Mach Technician. Every detail has been meticulously thought of.
  10. kamp_dogg

    Ice Fishing

    Winter is almost over, and in celebration of that, I'd like to share some ice fishing posts from our recent Leech Lake MN trip. I know Mack Technician has some pictures from our recent trip. I'll post a few here and anyone else want to share ice fishing stories or just fishing pictures, etc. feel free to jump in.
  11. kamp_dogg

    Jeff's feathers getting fluffed.

  12. kamp_dogg

    Big Oil Announces plans to "Kill the electric truck"

    This will be the technological revolution that eliminates millions of jobs. After that, we might have to go to the 3-day work week.
  13. kamp_dogg

    Big Oil Announces plans to "Kill the electric truck"

    According to the government, 100 cars today produce the same amount of PM (particulate matter) and NOx as 1 car prior to 1970. For HD trucks, the amount of PM generated per 100,000 miles was 470 pounds before EPA standards were enacted. Today, the amount is measured in grams. So that is something like a 4,000 to 1 ratio of emissions before and after EPA/CAFE standards were enacted. So, while crappy and old ran without problems, it doesn't work anymore with a population approaching 10 billion globally. I think there is an unseen cost to electric, however the upside for OTR trucks is 1 million miles in between major maintenance, such as they are claiming on the Tesla trucks. I think the best part of automated trucks/cars is that *hopefully* my kids will never have to get a drivers permit.
  14. kamp_dogg

    Big Oil Announces plans to "Kill the electric truck"

    I understand, and that's a good example of gov't stupidity...because electricity has to come from somewhere...and most of it around here is coal. It's not actually zero emissions that seems to be driving the market towards electrification, ironically it's all the exhaust after treatment junk and the desire for a more reliable lower maintenance engine (post 2007 emissions controls). Tesla says you will be able to convoy 3 electric trucks together (with a single driver). That kind of innovation will really kill jobs. I haven't really seen anything (yet) that says Trump will be overturning CAFE standards, and phase 2 seems to be in the works, which will require more emissions reductions. If it does in fact go through, we'd be looking at most passenger cars getting 50 mpg by 2027.
  15. I found this article on big oil and biodiesel execs getting together to decide how best to kill the electric truck. As you may have heard, most OEM's have been introducing electric versions of their semis, they can go up to 400 miles on a 30 min charge and supposedly go 1 million miles between maintenance intervals. Tesla reports 3 trucks can be convoyed and controlled by a single operator - eliminating the need for each to have it's own driver. When asked about electricification, big oil exec's responded: "Another type of disaster—not natural but instead policy-driven—is the political momentum driving electrification. The consensus on the panel was that the liquid fuels industries must mend their differences and work toward a larger goal of exploiting the benefits that liquid fuels offer and exposing the myth of zero emissions vehicles." http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles/2516262/big-oil-biodiesel-join-forces-to-combat-electrification

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