Seals and gaskets under scrutiny

Friday, August 14, 2009
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In the first RET Monitor Seals and Gaskets article, we started to examine the research which Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, a leading multi-national manufacturer of gaskets and seals, has published into the interaction of sealing compounds with biofue... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

Non-circular exhaust sections

Friday, August 14, 2009
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In one of the previous articles, the discussion points were on the traditional methods of manufacture, and this month we shall look in more depth at non-circular sections in exhausts. In the article dated June 14, we mentioned pressed mends as a mea... read more
Tags :  exhausts

Fasteners: Back to Basics - Part 3

Friday, August 14, 2009
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Last month, we looked at some basic calculations regarding cyclic loading of fasteners. Engine design engineers need a good understanding of the subject in order to correctly design the optimised fasteners required, but also those whose business is i... read more
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Methanol - fuel of the future?

Friday, August 14, 2009
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There is increasing evidence to suggest that the real fuel of the future, especially for motor sports, is methanol. Forget all this business about electric vehicles, these, in my opinion have no real place in mainstream motorsport. Alright, electric ... read more
Tags :  fuel-system

Piston duel

Friday, August 14, 2009
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Coatings to enhance both performance and longevity are the centre of focus in the world of racing piston manufacture today. To learn more, particularly in a NASCAR context, we talked with Brad Green, an engineer at Mahle Motorsports in Fletcher, Nort... read more
Tags :  pistons-rings

Piston ring coating compatibility

Friday, August 14, 2009
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Selecting a suitable piston ring coating is, dare I say it, rather like choosing a wife. Selected in haste, the time could come when you repent at leisure and very much like choosing a mate, under times of great stress, the issue is one of compatibil... read more
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Smooth surface treatments

Friday, August 14, 2009
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Leading crankshaft manufacturer, Arrow Precision Ltd, of Hinckley, Leicestershire, have recently expanded their capabilities by installing a rigid polishing machine for use on main and crankpin journals. Optimising journal surface finish and cylindr... read more

Winning with dynos

Friday, August 14, 2009
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Leading race engine manufacturer Engine Developments, of Rugby, Warwickshire, commissioned a new dynamometer data acquisition system earlier this year. The system incorporates the latest hardware and software technology in order to improve the dynam... read more
Tags :  test-equipment
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