Advanced Materials

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Last month we discussed the aluminium alloy AlSi10Mg and the fact that it can now be processed by means of a new manufacturing process. It is only because of the fact parts can be made of this material by this process that I chose to categorise it as... read more

KERS lives on...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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While KERS has been banished from Formula One for the 2010 season, there are many in the paddock that have seen its worth in racing and relevance to modern road cars. Therefore, there is the plausibility that this item could return in 2011. In sport... read more

Cam grinding the CNC way

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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If you talk to anyone in the camshaft manufacturing business, it isn't very long before the name of Landis crops up. Old timers might reflect fondly on such machines as the Berco RAC1500 cam grinder - "The best manual cam grinder in the business" or ... read more
Tags :  camshafts

Coatings on Con Rods

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Some of the important design features of the con rod have been discussed briefly in the articles on the RET Monitor website, and there has also been a recent RET Focus article in the magazine on the con rod. In that Focus article, we mentioned coatin... read more
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Small end lubrication

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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The lubrication of the big end of the con rod is generally looked after very well, especially in the four-stroke racing engine as it is normally positively lubricated, i.e. continuously fed by high pressure oil issuing from the oil holes thoughtfully... read more
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Crankshaft Oiling

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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In a previous article discussing the oil holes which are necessary in crankshafts, the author briefly discussed one of the methods by which oil is transferred to the crankpins for the purpose of lubricating the big end of the con rod and its bearings... read more
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'Knock' about

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Simply mention the words 'engine knock' to any aftermarket EMS supplier and I almost guarantee that the conversation will cease albeit perhaps only briefly. But safe to reiterate that 'knock' or more precisely detonation, should be avoided at all cos... read more
Tags :  electronics

Valve seat resurfacing

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Ever since the dawn of mass manufacturing, engineers have been preoccupied with shape and position but it is only in comparatively recent times that this has been formalised into a geometrical standard. The language of geometric dimensioning and tole... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

Recycling in Motorsport

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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With a greater emphasis on waste and recycling in our private lives, is it no wonder that the ethos is now beginning to spill over into the world of competition. While once engine component parts might have been discarded in favour of new replacement... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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