Titanium alloys

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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My previous article on titanium alloys looked at the possible benefits that Ti10-2-3 - an alloy containing 10% vanadium, 2% iron and 3% aluminium - might offer compared to the widely used Ti6-4 material. Ti10-2-3 has found wide use on military and ci... read more

Porsche hybrid

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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During 2010, Porsche achieved another significant first when it won an important motor race using a hybrid vehicle that stored its energy mechanically. When Formula One embraced KERS technology in 2009, the teams which raced these systems did so succ... read more

Split cams

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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A few months ago, in May I believe, we looked at a variable duration cam made in two pieces. While this was a novel approach to optimising the airflow into an engine over a range of conditions, reader Reine Gustafson of AGAP in Sweden contacted me re... read more
Tags :  camshafts

DLC coatings with improved properties

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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In researching a recent article on this subject in Race Engine Technology (issue 47, June/July 2010), I spoke to many companies and discussed all kinds of coatings. DLC has been around for a number of years now and its use is widespread; however, thi... read more
Tags :  coatings

Leaded status versus unleaded thoughts…

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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In my previous articles on the difference between leaded and lead-free bearing shells materials, the heat transport from oil through the bearing shell to the crankcase was discussed. In this article the current status of the leaded bearing is describ... read more
Tags :  bearings

Location of connecting rod caps, part 1

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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In an article published in 2009, I looked at some of the design features of the joint face of a split con rod. One important requirement is that the two parts of the con rod - the 'blade' of the rod and its cap - must be positively and reliably locat... read more
Tags :  con-rods

Fuelling on demand

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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If snippets of information that filter down to me turn out to be true, the average motorsport engine ECU of the future will have to work a lot harder. It's all to do with economy - both in the size of the fuel pump and the amount of power it consumes... read more
Tags :  electronics

Hot head?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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In my previous Heads-Blocks article I described the advantage of Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) on one of the most severe cylinder head failure modes, Thermo Mechanical Fatigue (TMF). The main area of interest then concerned differences in material pr... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

CGI - The way ahead?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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At the time of writing there is much speculation about the new engine regulations in Formula One. Originally scheduled for 2013, the fact that discussions with the various interested parties are still ongoing must surely indicate that some form of ac... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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