The cylinder head gasket

Thursday, January 21, 2010
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As many might know to your cost, the cylinder head gasket is high up among those engine components to suffer the greatest stress. Often a weak point in some of the best engine designs, its unenviable task is to provide a robust seal between the cylin... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

Feeling the heat (3)

Thursday, January 21, 2010
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In previous articles, we have looked at why we might choose to insulate the exhaust system of a racing vehicle, the various methods by which we might insulate the exhaust and what the consequences of doing so might be. In light of this, we discussed... read more
Tags :  exhausts

Bespoke nuts

Thursday, January 21, 2010
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There are a plethora of different kinds of nuts on the market, and many are aimed at the racing market. Most of these will have been designed originally for the aerospace sector, and here we benefit from the exceptional quality control that the aeros... read more
Tags :  fasteners

Biobutanol

Thursday, January 21, 2010
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Mention the word bioethanol to most people, even the ones who have little interest in our industry, and the chances are they will at least know that you are talking about alternative fuels. Added to gasoline fuel in amounts up to 98% of the total, th... read more
Tags :  fuel-system

Low oil pressure, sir?

Thursday, January 21, 2010
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Rather like the blood circulating around our bodies, the lubricating oil in an engine is fairly critical to its well being. For most of the time we don't give it a second thought but it is only when things go wrong that people start paying attention.... read more
Tags :  oil-system

Pistons for offshore racing

Thursday, January 21, 2010
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One benefit to building a maximum 510-cubic inch big block Chevrolet engine for American Power Boat Association (APBA) offshore racing, is the cooling. Because cold water constantly throbs through the block and cylinder head, there is very little fal... read more
Tags :  pistons-rings

Rings of steel

Thursday, January 21, 2010
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The UN summit meeting in Copenhagen, COP 15, has come and gone. A meeting whereby 192 or so countries met together to fudge some kind of global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions yet again attracted that section of the environmental lobbyis... read more
Tags :  pistons-rings

Thermal deburring

Thursday, January 21, 2010
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In racing we rely much more on machined components than our counterparts in the arena of series production engine design - we need to make parts quickly, we need the flexibility to make swift design changes and we want to take advantage of the improv... read more

The chassis dyno

Thursday, January 21, 2010
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Believe it or not measuring the precise output from a reciprocating engine has always been a controversial and sometimes, difficult task. Even in the confines of the engine test cell, day-to day repeatability can often be onerous not to say expensive... read more
Tags :  test-equipment

Transmission and driveline offset

Thursday, January 21, 2010
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One of the problems faced by race car designers is the conflicting requirement of keeping a low centre of gravity for the engine (and transmission), whilst keeping the driveshaft within acceptable values. Whatever the chosen method of coupling excess... read more
Tags :  transmission
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