Titanium crankshafts

Thursday, November 08, 2012
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It is said that humble pie is never a pleasant dish to eat. However, on this occasion, eat it I must. Only last year, in an article for RET-Monitor on the subject of crankshafts, I asked the question "Why Not Titanium?". The reasons given in the arti... read more

Electric motors

Thursday, November 08, 2012
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Although many racing series restrict engine performance by imposing intake air restrictors, such as Formula Three or the various endurance series and the Le Mans race, others are a fixed maximum displacement, such as MotoGP, NASCAR and Formula One. T... read more

Bearing lubrication

Thursday, November 08, 2012
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The total friction in an engine is the sum of that emanating from a number of different sources operating at a range of widely varying conditions. Temperature, load, surface condition and shear rate are all implicated in this total amount of friction... read more
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Talk to turn

Thursday, November 08, 2012
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The most glamorous part of any engine development programme is that of establishing the wide-open throttle engine performance. Producing the maximum bmep (brake mean effective pressure) over the usable range of engine speeds, the torque curve can be ... read more
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Thermal barrier coatings

Thursday, November 08, 2012
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We have discussed a number of applications for thermal barrier coatings in RET-Monitor, and also in RET magazine. Most of these are concerned either with maintaining the heat within the exhaust gas flow for improving turbocharger transient response o... read more
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Fracture-splitting of joint faces

Thursday, November 08, 2012
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We have looked at and discussed several ways in which split con rods are machined on their joint faces. When they are split, there is a requirement for the surfaces to be accurately machined so that the faces are perfectly parallel, and that the plan... read more
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The intercooler

Thursday, November 08, 2012
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Practitioners of engineering design will be familiar with the concept of compromise and the trade-off of one engineering parameter against another. A good best example of this - the 'art' of design as it were - must be the task of cooling the intake ... read more
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New crankshaft steels

Thursday, November 08, 2012
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Although there are a great many race engines that carry over the stock crankshaft from the production engine on which the competition unit is based, many will choose to replace the production crankshaft with something more accurate and better enginee... read more
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Combustion analysis

Thursday, November 08, 2012
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To even begin to understand the processes within the internal combustion engine, knowledge of the pressure in the combustion chamber relative to the crank angle position is surely an absolute prerequisite. Knowing how the combustion pressure as appli... read more
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Does a flat gasket really seal?

Thursday, November 08, 2012
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This month's article will deal with gaskets and seals. It will describe that sealing a certain structure is not just about putting a seal or gasket between the two components, but that there is more to think about. In this case we will look at one of... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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