Rapid prototyping

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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Until relatively recently, the so-called 'rapid prototype' manufacturing methods were restricted to polymers and some other fairly 'flaky' materials - at least in terms of commercial availability. After the initial polymer materials (some of which ar... read more

Flywheel design

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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With all the press coverage of Formula One KERS systems, you might be forgiven for thinking that all racing hybrid systems are of the 'conventional' electric-hybrid type. This is far from the case, and if you look a little deeper, there are a number ... read more

The overlayer

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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There is nothing simple about a modern crankshaft bearing. Often referred to as 'plain' or simple shell bearings, I can assure you that even after 100-plus years of the internal combustion engine - 60 of them since the arrival of the 'thinwall' steel... read more
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Impulsive behaviour

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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The Oxford English Dictionary rather politely defines a jerk as "a contemptibly foolish person", and in reality this is probably the definition that most non-engineers would give. However, and to its credit, a more formal definition and one which is ... read more
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PVD

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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In an article posted in February 2011 on the subject of coatings, there was a brief discussion of the physical vapour deposition (PVD) method, some of the coatings used in motorsport that are commonly associated with this method, and some of the pitf... read more
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DLC coatings

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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There has been mention of coatings and other surface treatments for con rods in previous RET Monitor articles, and in the articles on con rods in Race Engine Technology magazine (see issues 40 and 58). At the recent Autosport Engineering show in Bir... read more
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Nose feed

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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The use of nose-feed crankshafts has been mentioned before, both in these RET-Monitor articles and in Race Engine Technology magazine issue 49. It is certainly not a new concept, having been used in the Rolls-Royce Merlin engines* with great success,... read more
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Fuel flow measurement

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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Controversial it may be, but the FIA's push to make Formula One more relevant to the roadcar world does seem to be having an impact. Take KERS for instance. Introduced in 2009, outlawed in 2010 and reintroduced for 2011, there must be hardly an OEM v... read more
Tags :  electronics

Error, and trial and error?

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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"One Man's Dream - The Britten Bike Story!" is the title of the DVD that goes alongside the biography of John Britten, the inventor of the Britten V1000, the legendary self-build race bike from the early 1990s that was able to threat the major manufa... read more
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Liner wear

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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As in all mechanical systems when adjacent parts in contact move relative to each other, wear will inevitably take place. Even in the best designs, lubrication only serves to delay the onset of damage, and failure of one form or another will always o... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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