MMC Piston Alloys

Saturday, December 19, 2009
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In a previous article on the subject of advanced metals, we reported on the properties and uses of aluminium metal matrix composite materials as used in the modern racing engine. As can be seen from the table in that article, metal matrix composites ... read more

Flywheel energy storage

Saturday, December 19, 2009
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The use of a flywheel as an energy storage device is not new. The conventional heavy, metal flywheel as connected to the crankshaft of an internal combustion engine, is used as an energy storage device, releasing its energy in order to maintain momen... read more

Stairway to heaven

Saturday, December 19, 2009
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It always surprises me how often people approach a recognised expert in a particular subject and yet fail to act on their advice. We can all think of occasions when say, consulting a solicitor or lawyer, since theirs is a world of uncertainty and ris... read more
Tags :  camshafts

Piston Coatings

Saturday, December 19, 2009
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During research for a forthcoming Race Engine Technology magazine article, Wayne Ward discussed the matter of coatings as applied to racing engine pistons with a number of the well-known suppliers, designers and manufacturers of racing pistons. The m... read more
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Con Rod Bearing Bores

Saturday, December 19, 2009
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The big end bearing is critical to the operation and reliability of the four-stroke racing engine. At lower levels of racing, it is possible to run with standard road-going shells of good quality (provided of course that they are rated highly enough ... read more
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Crankshaft Hardening

Saturday, December 19, 2009
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In previous articles on the subject of crankshaft materials and hardening, we have made reference to the benefits of having residual compressive stress at the surface of the component. With the nitride hardening treatment used extensively on cranksha... read more
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The Big Bang

Saturday, December 19, 2009
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The news that the Large Hadron Collider, near Geneva in Switzerland is back in commission, is to be greeted with relief by all who have a genuine interest in particle physics. Designed to answer fundamental questions about the Universe by acceleratin... read more
Tags :  electronics

Casting back

Saturday, December 19, 2009
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The trouble with advancing years, or so I was always told, was that you can always remember how it used to be. In the dim and distant past, it seemed to be much more fun (even though it probably wasn’t) and if the job couldn’t be precise ... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

Sintered Aluminium Liners

Saturday, December 19, 2009
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A motorcycle engine, indeed any engine running at over 10,000 rpm, presents a particularly difficult challenge to the surface of its cylinder bore. The amount of heat flux and the limited time to dissipate it through the cylinder wall and into the co... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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