High-strength aluminium

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Despite not being fettered by overbearing regulation, the use of aluminium in the production engine remains popular because the material has much merit. While there are many production applications where lower-density materials such as magnesium or n... read more

Electric motors

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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There has been a flurry of activity recently in motor racing associated with the use of electric power, either in the form of a hybrid system or as 'pure electric' motorsport. Motorcycle racing has been in the forefront of this movement. For those wa... read more

The silent danger?

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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There has been much discussion of late about the FIA's proposal to ban the use of the engine in the Formula One pit lane and using only electric motors during pit stops. On the face of it this may appear to be dangerous, since the noise from a tradit... read more
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All in a spin

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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To be a good engineer, I have always maintained, in addition to an inquisitive mind and a grasp of the technology, you also need to be a student of history, for on many occasions the practices of the past give an insight into the possible problems of... read more
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Ceramic-coated exhausts

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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The subject of the 'management' of heat as concerns race engine exhausts is largely a matter of containment. We have covered the subject briefly before in RET-Monitor articles, and have discussed the advantages of keeping the heat in the exhaust rath... read more
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Bearing bore tag slots

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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In motorsport, the four-stroke engine is dominant in terms of numbers, and the vast majority of them use what we would describe as conventional shell bearings for both crankshaft main bearings and big ends. The most common method used to ensure prope... read more
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Formula One crankshafts after 2014

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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The provisional rules for the 2014 Formula One World Championship engines are now available to view on the FIA website. The change from the current 18,000 rpm 2.4 litre V8s to the 2014 1.6 litre V6 turbocharged engines was not straightforward, and ca... read more
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Solder or crimp?

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Life is full of decisions, such as shall I wear the yellow or white shirt today, never thinking, of course, I have only one tie - pink! Or the classic one of betting all your money on red in a game of roulette, and the little ball ends up on the blac... read more
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Residual stress?

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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For 'normal people' stress is something to be avoided; not so however for engine developers. It is something we have learned to live with, and even use to our advantage. So, what about residual stress then? Every mechanical engineer has learned duri... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

The gap in between

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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If you were to look inside the brain of any true engineer, you will find the phrase: "Make it smaller, cheaper and better". Smaller invariably means lighter, cheaper satisfies the bean-counters among us while better is the goal we often set ourselves... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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