Under the microscope

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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The article on Advanced Metals last month briefly touched on some materials which have been tried and tested in Formula One with varying degrees of success, and in this article we shall look a little deeper at some of the materials currently being us... read more

Bearings go round and round

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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SKF Automotive is well regarded for its work in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, where it produces camshaft bearings used by major teams in this upper level racing. Still, the Plymouth, Michigan manufacturer has interests beyond the scope of re... read more
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The KERS of power

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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Television coverage of this years Formula One races has captured some textbook examples of a KERS equipped driver out accelerating a conventionally powered car on the straight. And yet, as mid-season approaches no KERS equipped car has won a Formula ... read more

Micro texturing camshaft surfaces

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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A new concept from the French Surface preparation and coating specialist HEF promises to enhance performance at the cam/tappet interface by altering surface micro-topography. In high pressure applications the lubricant film separating two surfaces ca... read more
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Coat of many colours

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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One of the more interesting uses of coatings is to apply solid lubricants as a substitute for liquid lubricants. The solid lubricant that is used is normally a complex mixture that can include silver, molybdenum and various binding compounds. In the... read more
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Joint Face Design

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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Last month we looked at some of the aspects concerning the design of the big end and this month we pick up with further aspects of this critical area, namely those concerned with the joint faces. The big end joint is an important area of rod design, ... read more
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Heat-Treatment of Crankshafts

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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The article last month covered the subject of materials used for Formula One crankshafts. This feature looks at the subject of heat treatments currently used in Formula One. As we saw last month, the materials in current Formula One use are mainly n... read more
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Electronics v Chemistry

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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Do we need electronic engine management systems? Really need them? Because controlling fuelling, ignition, even valve timing, duration and lift achievable through electronic control units doesn’t necessarily mean that is the best or even the r... read more
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Cylinder Heads / Blocks

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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The process of engineering design is very much a compromise and sometimes, even with modern computerised techniques, several iterations may be required before the final, optimised product evolves. The design of a modern cylinder head can be a perfect... read more
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Keeping the faith

Sunday, July 12, 2009
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You can’t talk about cylinder liners for very long without referring to the terms of either ‘wet’ or ‘dry.’ Although fairly self-explanatory, these refer to liners, which are either in direct contact with the engine cool... read more
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