Powder metallurgy steels

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Steels make up a large part of a typical race engine: while most race engines have the main castings made of aluminium or cast iron, steel remains the favourite for a number of other components, notably camshafts and crankshafts. While cast iron can ... read more

Ceramic bearings

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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In recent times the push behind developments in bearings containing a ball or rolling element has been that of improved, 'cleaner' steels. Because of its high hardness and therefore resistance to wear, chromium steel has been difficult to beat, and r... read more
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What makes a good cam?

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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As a car/engine buff first and an engineer second, I'm always interested in the views (however misguided) of my fellow enthusiasts. So when it comes to the question of what makes a good camshaft, their thoughts can be revealing. To one individual, a... read more
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DLC

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Diamond-like coatings (known universally as DLC) are a type of coating that has really taken the racing world by storm. There are a whole range of coatings that come under the description of DLC, with varying levels of hardness and coefficient of fri... read more
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The importance of torsional stiffness

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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I am a big fan of Kevin Cameron, the motorcycling journalist who has written for American motorcycling publications for what seems like ever. I don't often get to see a copy of Cycle World, but I have enjoyed reading his books immensely. In one of th... read more
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More on nose-fed crankshafts

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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In the previous article on crankshafts, the use of the crankshaft as a centrifugal separator was briefly discussed. The principle of centrifugal separation/refinement is well understood, and one only has to hear of news stories about uranium enrichme... read more
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Flexray - science fiction or fact?

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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I have never been a great lover of science fiction. The daring antics of comic book heroes such as Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon, or any of their later brethren, have never gripped me. Dashing around slaying the baddies using some form of ray gun was, ... read more
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Liner cooling the OEM way

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Although I couldn't possibly guess at the true statistics, I would imagine that at least 99% of all race engines are derived from mass-produced, OEM units. In essence that means modified or 'improved' but nevertheless 'stock' cylinder heads, and perh... read more
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