Superalloys

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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Despite some significant advances in polymer and composite materials in recent decades, race engines remain stubbornly metallic. While Formula One transmissions have embraced composite materials in their main cases, a combination of regulation and ex... read more

Fuel cells

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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The phrase ‘quiet revolution’ is often used to describe significant but gradual change that is accepted without fuss. The advent of electric transport and motorsport feels like this, but the on-track result will also be quiet, and concern... read more

Bearing wear

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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There is a lot more to designing and manufacturing modern crankshaft bearings than many people realise. Designed to run reliably over a wide range of operating conditions, and using lubricants with viscosities so low they would have made engineers la... read more
Tags :  bearings

Good vibrations

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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Readers may well be familiar with the concept of torsional vibration in an engine crankshaft. The situation where the intermittent torques fed into the crankshaft by the successive firing of the cylinders induces cyclical strain within the shaft &nda... read more
Tags :  camshafts

Bearing coatings

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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We could successfully argue that many plain bearings are actually little more than coatings, and that the shell is simply a carrier for the very thin layer of material which is doing the hard work for us. That would be ungenerous though, as plain bea... read more
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Big-end design considerations

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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In the RET-Monitor collection of articles, there are already dozens of articles covering con rods, many of them covering individual design features. The aim of this article though is to bring some elements of these together and give some of the basic... read more
Tags :  con-rods

Radiator fan installation

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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In life there are many instances where we have to make decisions based on insufficient information or experience. I mention this because in applications where we have rotating axial flow fluid movers – a cooling fan, for instance – there ... read more
Tags :  coolant-system

Analysis in crankshaft design

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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Crankshafts are at the heart of any race engine (apart from a handful of examples of successful Wankel rotary units). As we strive to obtain more from our race engines – whether it be more performance, faster transient response or improved fuel... read more
Tags :  crankshafts

Traction control in Formula One

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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I suppose it couldn’t be Formula One without some form of controversy or even scandal. Designed to produce just that little unfair edge over the competition, be it commercial or technical, the fact that some teams are prepared to go beyond what... read more
Tags :  electronics

Longer than you think?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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For race vehicles, in whichever motorsport they are used, the typical attributes are that they must be powerful, light and driveable. According to the engine used, ‘light’ can be linked to the overall mass of the engine, which depends lar... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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