Sealing the future

Monday, October 12, 2009
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One of the world’s leading race engine manufacturers has revealed their design philosophy regarding seals and gaskets to RET Monitor this month. Dave Salisbury, Chief Design Engineer at Engine Developments Ltd (EDL), told RET Monitor, “I... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

Feeling the heat

Monday, October 12, 2009
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Some of us have the regular chance to see an engine running hard on the dyno, and in many cases it is visually obvious that there is a lot of heat being radiated from the exhausts. There are many video clips and pictures on the internet showing exhau... read more
Tags :  exhausts

Fasteners: Back to basics - part 5

Monday, October 12, 2009
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In previous articles we have looked at how to calculate fastener and joint stiffness, and seen how these values of stiffness can affect the proportion of the working load experienced by the fastener by calculating the ‘load coefficient’.S... read more
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Low carbon fuels

Monday, October 12, 2009
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Today, we are told, is the beginning of the Low Carbon Age. The Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age have come and gone while the Fossil Fuel Age, if you believe many of the pundits, is slowly to be phased out. Ahead of us, or so it would appea... read more
Tags :  fuel-system

Variable flow oil pumps

Monday, October 12, 2009
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The science of engine development is one of incremental steps; small but measurable increases in power over a period of time. Improvements in port flow, increasing the engine rev limit or changes in intake or exhaust system sizes will, no doubt, help... read more
Tags :  oil-system

It's all about consistency

Monday, October 12, 2009
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For John Force Racing co-crew chiefs Dean ‘Guido’ Antonelli and Ron Douglas, the 2009 Funny Car season has been all about consistency. Include the selection of Venolia pistons in that mix because, as Antonelli points out, “In our cu... read more
Tags :  pistons-rings

The oil control ring

Monday, October 12, 2009
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If the top compression ring has the most difficult of tasks in the engine then, at the other end of the piston ring pack, the oil control ring doesn’t have it much easier. Travelling at an average speed approaching 4000 feet per second or so, t... read more
Tags :  pistons-rings

Which hardening method is best?

Monday, October 12, 2009
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Last month we looked into induction hardening of crankshafts and the inherent differences between that process and nitriding. We saw that induction hardening carries significant potential benefits; the main one being that the crankshaft is only heat... read more

When to hit the red button!

Monday, October 12, 2009
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The author well remembers the first time he was given sole charge of overseeing the running in of an engine on the dynamometer of an un-named race engine manufacturer. The engine in question was the first ever example of a Le Mans Prototype V8 and t... read more
Tags :  test-equipment

Sequential gearbox origins

Monday, October 12, 2009
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In previous Monitor features we have touched upon the automated gearshift of a modern race car and attempted to put it into historical context, but how many of its mechanical design features represent new thinking ? Central to its function has been ... read more
Tags :  transmission
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