Titanium as a fastener material

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Titanium is banned in the current Formula One engine regulations from being used for threaded fasteners, despite its attractive attributes for such components. The rules specify that threaded fasteners must be made from alloys based on one of three e... read more

Supercapacitors

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Formula racing in Europe has something of a complex 'ladder' scheme, by which drivers can try to reach Formula One, the pinnacle of the open-wheel sport outside the US. It might equally be described as a climbing frame, where there are many routes on... read more

Rolling along

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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In the search for ever lower engine friction, it is surely a wonder that the rolling element bearing hasn't featured very highly in recent years. So while ball or roller bearing technology is commonly seen in many engine ancillaries - for example, pu... read more
Tags :  bearings

Desmodromic or demonic?

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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I don't know about you but when I was young, my written command of the English language was, shall we say, a bit lacking. "Needs to pay more attention to his spelling," was the end-of-year comment by one of my English teachers. But despite my best ef... read more
Tags :  camshafts

Plasma-sprayed coatings

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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The use of plasma-sprayed coatings has been slow to proliferate; the technique isn't very new, and the range of coatings is immense. Whereas other coating methods can be limited - by solubility of metal salts in electrolytes, for example - plasma coa... read more
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Joint face serrations

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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The matter of how to positively locate the two halves of a conventional split con rod together is one to which there doesn't appear to be a single solution that everyone has adopted. In terms of production cars, the approach of using a controlled fra... read more
Tags :  con-rods

The crossplane I4

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Yamaha is the only company running an I4 in the MotoGP series, a layout to which it has been loyal since the inception of the current four-stroke formula; all the other engines are now V4s. Having the cylinders in a vee, rather than in a line, allows... read more
Tags :  crankshafts

The art of witty conversation?

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Pollution would seem to be an inevitable result of 21st-century life. Sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxides and PM10s are destroying the quality of our air; industrial and farm effluent together with excessive use of fertilisers are contaminating our river... read more
Tags :  electronics

Keeping it together

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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What is the difference between a sealant and an adhesive? You may be thinking that this is a trick question, with a clever single-word rejoinder, but I can assure you that nothing is further from my thoughts. You see, when it comes down to it, the di... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

Tough stuff

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Dare I say it but a good cylinder block can be likened to a good husband or partner. For as much as it is desirable to have the best of all the qualities in a spouse, in the end the woman has to make the best of what she can get and adapt it to suit.... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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