Feeling the Heat (4)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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In the previous RET Monitor article on the subject of exhaust insulation, we looked at plasma sprayed thermal barrier coatings for exhaust systems. In preceding articles, we have examined the reasons why thermal insulation of exhaust systems is neces... read more
Tags :  exhausts

Thread Inserts

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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In previous articles on the subject of fasteners, we have dwelt very little on the subject of female threads, other than in the article talking of bespoke nuts. The other main situation where we will find female threads is where these have been machi... read more
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Alternative fuels

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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I guess you could say that the first decade of the 21st century, in the world of motor sport at least, were the years of the alternative fuels. Diesel (yes, we're talking motor sports here), bio-ethanol, RME (rape methyl esters) and even CNG (compres... read more
Tags :  fuel-system

The Oil Filter

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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Of all the components in a typical oil system, the function and hence usefulness of the oil filter in a modern racing engine must surely be one for review. Designed to separate the larger particles which somehow accumulate in the oil and prevent them... read more
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The Dykes Ring

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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There have been many different types of piston ring developed over the years. Rectangular, taper face, barrel face, scraper, Napier, torsional twist, reversed torsional twist to name but a few. But one particular version that seems almost totally for... read more
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Polishing & finishing

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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When we specify or design components for a racing engine, quite often we are interested in the surface finish. It is an important aspect of the overall perceived quality of the component, and it can have a large influence on the performance of the pa... read more

The DPX

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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The most common type of engine dynamometer today used by engine builders the world over, must be the eddy current machine. But few will ever forget, of those who ever used them, the DPX water brake. Made by Froude in Worcester, England since shortly ... read more
Tags :  test-equipment

Tractive effort

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
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In recent RET-Monitor features we have considered several aspects of transmission design and engineering, each time with the implicit assumption that some means of gearing between the power unit and road wheels was a prerequisite feature. Why should... read more
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