Emerging Materials

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The field of materials and metallurgy has a big role to play in racing engine design, especially in those categories where the regulations allow emerging materials to be used. Unfortunately Formula One is now very limited in this respect and, before ... read more

Italian solution

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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Despite the promise that kinetic energy recovery has offered in Formula One, even several races into the new season very few teams are choosing to race it. And, of those that are, the favoured solution seems to be based on a motor/generator for energ... read more

The Naming of Parts

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The heart of any internal combustion gasoline engine just simply has to be the camshaft and the valve mechanism it controls. Designed to maximise the amount of air entering the cylinder at a range of engine speeds, it is often perhaps the first port ... read more
Tags :  camshafts

What are 'Sputtered' Bearings?

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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In company with the small end bearing there’s no more hard working bearing surface than that found in the big end of high performance gasoline and diesel race engines. In a good example of a reverse technology flow - series production to racin... read more
Tags :  bearings

Micro perfection

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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Finding a material that fulfils all of the performance demands especially in a race engine is an almost impossible task. The result has been the growth in the use of coatings, used either to protect the load bearing core or to reduce frictional losse... read more
Tags :  coatings

Big End Design

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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After the article last month which looked briefly at the small end of the con rod, we shall look this month at the opposite end of the con rod. Referred to as the ‘big end’ or ‘large end’ this end of the con rod houses the bea... read more
Tags :  con-rods

Crankshaft Steels

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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As was mentioned in the previous RET Monitor article on crankshafts, it is our belief that nitriding steels are the most commonly, if not exclusively used materials. This month we take a closer look at nitriding steels for crankshaft manufacture, exp... read more
Tags :  crankshafts

Chip crazy

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The silicon chip has made the task of performance engine design incomparably easier. An effective revolution in engine design for both gasoline and diesel units was made possible by close control of fuel and ignition through what were and are rugged ... read more
Tags :  electronics

Keeping a cool head

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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There is no doubt about it, the engine in your average family saloon car has come on a long way in the last 30 years. When once we struggled to get 100 bhp out of a 1.6 litre engine, today 100 bhp per litre is now easily achievable. Such are the impr... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

The Cylinder Liner

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The humble cylinder bore seems to get very little press these days. Arguably the most critical surface in any combustion engine, the inside surface of any cylinder liner is exposed to the full flame temperature and the high pressures of combustion an... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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