Aluminium-beryllium

Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Previous articles have mentioned a few materials that are used for pistons, and the subject was also covered in a recent Race Engine Technology article on pistons. But there is one material that has been hailed by one piston design expert I spoke to ... read more

KERS spreads its wings

Thursday, May 13, 2010
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So far, KERS systems have received a mixed response in Formula One. Initially the technology was eagerly tested by the teams but during its first full season in Formula One (2009), it was regularly used by only a few. In truth, Formula One KERS stil... read more

Bearing the load

Thursday, May 13, 2010
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In most motorsport applications, bearings have had to cope with increasing loads as the requirements for higher performance of engine, gearbox and suspension components continues to increase. Recalling his days at Tyrrell, Renault's Formula One chie... read more
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Variable Duration Camshafts

Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Given enough time in engine research and development, only someone who is very blinkered could say they've never come across something a bit, shall we say, unusual. Devices to increase fuel economy substantially tend to be the norm here. Now and agai... read more
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Small end lubrication (2)

Thursday, May 13, 2010
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In last month's article on connecting rods, I looked at a common way of providing lubrication to the small end of the connecting rod - drilling (or multiple drillings) into the small end of the rod. In many cases this is enough to supply lubrication ... read more
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Further thoughts on Crankshaft Oiling

Thursday, May 13, 2010
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The previous article looked at the recent trend in crankshaft lubrication commonly known as the 'nose-feed' method. In that article, the basics of the concept were explained, along with some of the perceived advantages of using this method of providi... read more
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Time for a change

Thursday, May 13, 2010
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In these times of political and economic upheavals around the world it seems there is an appetite for change in other areas of life as well. Suggestions for a revamp to the Formula One engine regulations could fill a whole book but it is the latest -... read more
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Elixir of life

Thursday, May 13, 2010
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It is often said that water is the elixir of life. But when used as a coolant in a high-performance racing engine it can be the kiss of death instead. Let me explain. Ever since the invention of the 'heat' engine, limits to the properties of the met... read more
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Liner Distortion

Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Spare a thought for the poor cylinder liner. As well as expecting it to be perfectly round from the outset, we then go on to expect it to remain so throughout the rest of its life, and under the most arduous conditions. But are we making it as round... read more
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