Halted progress

Friday, August 14, 2009
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The article on Advanced Metals last month looked at some of the aluminium materials which are being used and investigated currently in Formula One. This month we shall begin to look at some of the applications of titanium alloys, again at which mater... read more

KERS put to the test

Friday, August 14, 2009
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RET recently attended the 2009 UK Formula Student competition at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire. Of the total 87 teams from 16 countries, seven were in Class 1A, of which four were from the UK. Class 1A is the competition’s low ca... read more

Bearing the load

Friday, August 14, 2009
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“It is always a battle for our engine bearings,” says John Medlen, tuner for John Force Racing Funny Car driver Mike Neff in the NHRA’s Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. “Their survival is predicated on the cylinder pressure a... read more
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You’ve never had it so good!

Friday, August 14, 2009
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I think it was British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan who is claimed to have first coined the phase, “You’ve never had it so good.” In a speech at a Conservative party rally the phrase referred to the fact that after 15 years of sh... read more
Tags :  camshafts

DLC Coatings in Racing Engines

Friday, August 14, 2009
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There are a very wide range of coatings which are employed in motorsport engines nowadays, and Formula One has been at the forefront of this development for many years. The moot point of excessive budgets is the reason that Formula One has been able ... read more
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Material Choices

Friday, August 14, 2009
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There are several types of materials which are currently used for con rods – some for reasons of manufacturing, some for reasons of quality, but most have been specifically chosen owing to their particular combination of mechanical properties. ... read more
Tags :  con-rods

Heat-treatment of crankshafts

Friday, August 14, 2009
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In the previous article, we looked at the first stages of heat-treatment in the manufacture of crankshafts. Certainly in Formula One, the most popular heat treatment that will be mentioned will be nitriding. Nitriding, as most of you will know, is a ... read more
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The Long Bolt

Friday, August 14, 2009
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Many years ago, as a young and somewhat naive apprentice, I was told by my training supervisor to go to the engineering stores and ask for ‘a long wait.’ Thinking that this was some form of specialised turning tool, I dutifully did as req... read more
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Nikasil coating

Friday, August 14, 2009
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Historically, the relatively soft grey cast iron cylinder liner with its inclusions of graphite, correctly prepared, has made an excellent material when running against much harder chromium plated rings. However, the differences in thermal expansion ... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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