Pin Critical

Sunday, September 13, 2009
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The article on Advanced Metals last month looked at some of the titanium alloys currently being used in racing engines, and some of the alloys currently under development. The article mentioned that, despite restrictions on the introduction of new ma... read more

KERS Success

Sunday, September 13, 2009
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The veil of secrecy which has surrounded Formula One’s most successful KERS system was partially lifted recently when Zytek Automotive were unveiled as motor and power electronics supplier for the Formula One KERS system as fitted to the 2.4 li... read more

Bearing the brunt

Sunday, September 13, 2009
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For all of its engine bearing needs in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) engines, PME Engines of Mooresville, North Carolina has researched heavily to meet its main and rod end requirements. On a mile-and-a-half oval like Chicagoland Speedway... read more
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A Material World

Sunday, September 13, 2009
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If you were to compare an engine of today with one built, say for instance 50 years ago, no doubt much will have changed. Cylinder head layout, block construction, pistons, rods and cranks have all changed in their various ways. But the one component... read more
Tags :  camshafts

Alternatives to DLC

Sunday, September 13, 2009
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Whilst DLC seems clearly to be the favourite coating at the moment, there are some applications where it isn’t necessarily favoured, for various reasons. One area where ‘traditional’ DLC coatings have struggled is in applications w... read more
Tags :  coatings

Material Choices

Sunday, September 13, 2009
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Last month, we started to look at materials which are being used for con rods. The article looked at the use of aluminium, which finds widespread use in drag-racing. This month we shall turn our attention to engines with less than 5000 hp and con rod... read more
Tags :  con-rods

Surface Hardening of Crankshafts

Sunday, September 13, 2009
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In the previous article, we looked at the hardening and tempering of crankshafts. This month we shall look at the final and probably most important stage of heat-treatment, namely that of surface treatments, especially nitride hardening, more commonl... read more
Tags :  crankshafts

The Fuel Injector

Sunday, September 13, 2009
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For those of you who have ever grappled with the art of carburettor ‘tuning’, the invention of the fuel injector must have come as something of a huge relief. The selection of choke sizes, main jets, emulsion tubes and air correction jets... read more
Tags :  electronics

Bearing Up

Sunday, September 13, 2009
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Isn’t it strange how solving one issue in racing can sometimes lead to solving a different problem in production engines many years later. The evolution of the main bearing cap springs to mind. It was while examining a cylinder block prior to ... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

Cylinder Bore Honing

Sunday, September 13, 2009
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It is a fact not appreciated by many, except the specialists, but the technology of the cylinder bore surface finish has changed significantly over the years. While oil consumption was perhaps the greatest driver in the past, the push to achieve even... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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