Aluminium

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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One of the usual requirements when designing a race engine is low mass; low engine mass aids low car mass. Where there is no lower limit for overall vehicle mass, a light engine gives a light car and therefore the best possible acceleration for a giv... read more

Formula One battery design

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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The introduction of hybrid systems to motorsport has been somewhat laboured, especially since there have been some successful roadcars that have used the technology for more than a decade now. Although the introduction of hybrid technology in Formula... read more

Bearing the strain

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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When discussing bearings it is sometimes easier to limit such studies to those of the crankshaft mains and con rod (both big and little ends). In more modern times the turbocharger bearing is perhaps attracting more interest, so these days we conside... read more
Tags :  bearings

Hollow camshafts

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Isn’t it always the case that when you think you have designed the best cam profile ever – at least in your opinion – somebody always wants it smaller, lighter and/or even cheaper to manufacture? Is it little wonder then that when e... read more
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Doped DLC

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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DLC (diamond-like carbon) coatings are basically diamond, as their name suggests, but most of the coatings marketed as DLC are not these crystalline diamond coatings. Many people labour under the impression that DLC is one coating, but it is in fact ... read more
Tags :  coatings

Material choices for Formula One

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Formula One is often said to be the pinnacle of motorsport, which is true in many ways, as the cars are the most optimised and highly developed. So utterly unrelenting is development that nobody who aims to compete at the highest level would dream of... read more
Tags :  con-rods

The fan club

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Most engineers these days might consider a vehicle fan as that placed either in front or behind the radiator, pushing or pulling air through it and therefore cooling a heat transfer fluid and indirectly cooling the engine. While this may be ubiquitou... read more
Tags :  coolant-system

Roller bearing crankshafts

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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The 1960s must have been a fantastic time to be around race engines. The incredible diversity of engines in a single class is one reason I’m drawn to events where racing motorcycles from this era are wheeled out, started and ridden as they shou... read more
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Two into one does go

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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When I was a schoolboy, during mathematics lessons on the subject of ‘long division’ I always remember being told that two into one doesn’t go. The rules of mathematics were something to be followed without question, but these days ... read more
Tags :  electronics
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