Rapid prototyping

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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Having seen the extremely brisk pace of development in rapid prototyping methods over the past decade, it strikes me that this is a technology that stands to revolutionise the way we will come to make many parts for race engines. For a number of yea... read more

Electric motors

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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Energy recovery, based on the capture, storage and re-use of braking energy is not new in motorsport, and several series had pioneered the technology before Formula One embraced it and called it KERS - and then let go fairly quickly before embracing ... read more

Bear in mind...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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In earlier RET-Monitor articles I have written about the application and challenges of lead-free bearings. Until now the focus has been on the main bearing shells, mainly linked to the crankcase main bearing bore shape and split line quality. In this... read more
Tags :  bearings

Hydraulic tappets

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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In the OE roadcar business, where noise and cost of ownership are major barriers to many prospective buyers, the hydraulic tappet has much to recommend it. But in the world of motorsports, where lightweight and efficient valvetrains are most desirabl... read more
Tags :  camshafts

PVD coatings

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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The subject of coatings in motorsports is a hot topic, and has been for some time. Coatings have proven to be a 'silver bullet' in curing some problems, or knocking down obstacles that stand in the way of improved performance and reliability. There r... read more
Tags :  coatings

High-strength steel rod unveiled

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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At the recent Autosport Show in England there was a lot to interest the motorsports enthusiast, but during the two trade days preceding the public show days, there is a simultaneous show, Autosport Engineering, where the latest developments in motors... read more
Tags :  con-rods

How much is too much?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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I don't know about you but I am continually amazed at the power of modern electronic components. Invariably integrated with some form of digital microprocessor, the speeds and in many cases capacity to store information is something truly to marvel. ... read more
Tags :  electronics

Liner failures

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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I don't know what it is about component failures but we engineers tend to find them fascinating. We may have designed and produced the most elegant piece of hardware, but it's somehow only when it fails - and the more catastrophically the better - th... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

CFD for cylinder heads

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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In my past three articles on heads-blocks, I took a closer look at cylinder head loading. The main focus has been on the thermal loads of the cylinder head and which parameters of its design are of most influence in preventing it from cracking due to... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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