Composites

Thursday, July 04, 2013
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The FIA regulations governing the materials used for the construction of Formula One engines prohibits the use of composites for major structural components, and this is set to continue, despite the fact that it is planned to use composite cylinder b... read more

Hydrogen

Thursday, July 04, 2013
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On the face of it, hydrogen is an ideal fuel for an internal combustion engine. The combustion products contain no carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide – indeed the product of complete combustion should be water. It is alternatively presented as a... read more

The thrust bearing

Thursday, July 04, 2013
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I think it’s fair to say that the crankshaft thrust bearing will not be very high on the list of priorities for most engine designers. And yet with higher engine output torques requiring greater (if somewhat intermittent) axial forces within th... read more
Tags :  bearings

Back to basics

Thursday, July 04, 2013
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I would guess that very few of those who handle cams – in that they either buy them or install them, or have some form of interaction with them in any way – have ever thought about the actual profile of the cam and the way it is generated... read more
Tags :  camshafts

Metallic plating

Thursday, July 04, 2013
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The applications of plating in a racing powertrain aren’t as widespread as we might find in an automotive engine. Engines in general are reasonably benign environments for metallic components: oil is an excellent anti-corrosion fluid and most o... read more
Tags :  coatings

The role of FEA

Thursday, July 04, 2013
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The modern race engine is something of a technical marvel, not simply in terms of power output but also reliability. In terms of the basic concepts and the components involved, however, there is very little that the race engine designers of the 1920s... read more
Tags :  con-rods

The end of the hose?

Thursday, July 04, 2013
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Next to the failure of vehicle electrics, leaks associated with the plumbing of the oil circuit were at one time the largest reason for a DNF (did not finish) on the motor racing scene. I well remember a time when vehicle under-bonnets were regularly... read more
Tags :  coolant-system

Grinding and polishing

Thursday, July 04, 2013
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Crankshafts are very precise pieces of equipment, and are machined accurately for a number of reasons. For racing, we need to get as close to the maximum allowed capacity without exceeding it, so the throw of the crankshaft is tightly controlled. How... read more
Tags :  crankshafts

Structure is good?

Thursday, July 04, 2013
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When I started my first job as a design engineer I was given the task of engineering a crankcase, so the first thing I did was try to understand how a block was what it was. I studied the crankcases of rival engines, as well as earlier versions of ou... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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