The steel liner

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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When it comes to liner technology, the temptation is always to think in terms of cast iron - whether it be grey cast iron or one of the more recent ductile - or aluminium. Each takes its lead from the cylinder block supporting them and therefore, for... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

The water pump seal

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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Time was when the application of the white of a single egg - be that free range or battery, it didn't seem to matter which - was enough to cure that annoying little water leak. Dropped into the top of the radiator, the action of the engine being prog... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

Superstock and Superbike

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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I recently spoke to Emmanuele Nicali of Lesto Racing at the Monza World Superbike races about the company's motorcycle race products. Lesto supplies both road and race motorcycle exhausts to a number of teams involved in various Italian national cham... read more
Tags :  exhausts

Composite Materials

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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The use of composite materials in racecars is not new; nor does it represent a particular novelty for race engines. The strength, stiffness and low density make them ideal for many components, both structural and decorative. It is now pretty rare to... read more
Tags :  fasteners

Fuel economy

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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To many, the words 'fuel' and 'economy' have no real place in the motorsports world. After all, and as everyone knows, to save fuel the driver has to be delicate on the throttle, avoid braking and keep in as high a gear as he (or she) can. And with t... read more
Tags :  fuel-system

The Roots-type scavenge pump

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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I suppose it's the mechanical engineer in me but ever since I can remember I have always been fascinated by complex curves. It may have been the Spirograph I received as a child, rolling one circle around another to produced a series of intriguing sp... read more
Tags :  oil-system

The ductile iron ring

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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Lest you think Fig. 1 here is the remnant of some form of horrific engine blow-up, let me explain that what you are looking at is a ductile iron piston ring. Twisted and bent to all manner of shapes the resulting contortion demonstrates vividly how f... read more
Tags :  pistons-rings

The WPC process

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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For those of you with a high boredom threshold, a constantly recurring theme in my articles for RET-Monitor and Race Engine Technology is to stress the importance of compressive residual stresses at the surface of components which are cyclically stre... read more

Formula One CVT (Part 2)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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In the previous article, we looked at the prototype Formula One constantly variable transmission (CVT) system that Williams developed in conjunction with Van Doorn in the early 1990s, and spoke to engineer Arnaud Boulanger who was involved with the p... read more
Tags :  transmission
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