Rapid prototyping

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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In the previous article on the advances in rapid prototyping materials and methods, some possible applications were mentioned, especially for exhausts. Laser-sintered exhaust components have been displayed at trade shows for several years now and the... read more

The ‘electric flywheel’

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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It seems that there is no middle ground as far as hybrid systems are concerned. They are applied to some of the world’s most mundane passenger cars, where the drivers are so careful in their driving habits that they are unlikely to reap maximum... read more

Cavitation

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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As a general rule the most critical part of the lubrication system in any race engine is perhaps the big-end bearing. To ensure that this big-end bearing remains fully lubricated, the oil pump delivery pressure has to be such as to have overcome all ... read more
Tags :  bearings

Smooth operator

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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In a recent poll of Britain’s sexiest fictional characters, despite it being dominated almost exclusively by men, the top slot was, unsurprisingly, James Bond. The creation of author Ian Fleming, Bond could handle multiple, often complex situat... read more
Tags :  camshafts

PVD coatings

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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PVD coatings are used very widely, and cover everything from the metallic coating on the inside of crisp packets to the hard engineering coatings such as titanium nitride (TiN) that we are more familiar with. However, we are most interested in the ha... read more
Tags :  coatings

Inverted bolts

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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While the ‘solid’ con rod – that is, one with no joint at the big end – is very attractive from an engineering point of view, it relies on the use of an assembled crankshaft, as in a crankshaft that is a multi-piece assembly. ... read more
Tags :  con-rods

Radiators

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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The design of the vehicle cooling system on a racecar is a comparatively simple task, provided a number of basic facts are truly understood. So after the positioning of all the other major components in the vehicle, the engine, the gearbox – an... read more
Tags :  coolant-system

Fillets

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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In reply to a previous article that discussed crankshaft fillets and their importance in terms of crankshaft reliability, a reader left a comment saying most crankshaft fillets are not true radii, but are in the form of an ellipse or other conic sect... read more
Tags :  crankshafts

The ECU – the holistic approach

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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I don’t know about you but whenever I hear someone talking about the ‘holistic’ approach I tend to recoil with concern. Perhaps it is a reminder of my youth and the hippy 1970s, a time of much promise but little in the way of ultima... read more
Tags :  electronics

Liner flange design

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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In this article I will take a closer look at the specifics of the liner flange design and what one should take into consideration, with the goal of trying not to crack it. In principle, cylinder liner design does not look too difficult. It is more o... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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