Capacitors

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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The world of motoring and motorsport is changing. How quickly we move towards a world dominated by all-electric passenger vehicles is uncertain, although it’s unlikely that we will decide that hybrids and electric propulsion were a big mistake ... read more

Crankshaft bearing selection

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Although the theory of designing crankshaft bearings is now so much more sophisticated, the practice of building the engine to the correct clearances is still a bit of a challenge. With the running clearance between bearing and journal measured in mi... read more
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Fishy tales?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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I was asked a question the other day that, for a moment, simply floored me. Strolling around an exhibition, my friend and I were talking about the stand we had just visited and the company’s claim that its camshafts were being ground to an accu... read more
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PVD – the importance of cleanliness

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Such has been the rapid rise and acceptance of the hard, thin engineering coatings in many industries that they now form a part of the design specification for new parts. In the past, the use of such coatings was an exercise in research or a last att... read more
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Mixing metals

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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With few exceptions, con rods for automotive engines are split at the big end, and the joint is held together by a pair of threaded fasteners. The pattern is much the same for racing con rods, the only common exceptions to this being rods for two-str... read more
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The structural intercooler

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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The turbocharger intercooler may have many performance benefits but almost without exception its installation in the vehicle is rarely without considerable compromise. The unit is either mounted close to the power unit, keeping air intake hose length... read more
Tags :  coolant-system

Damping vibration

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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One of the main points to consider when designing a cranktrain, or making significant modifications to any of the parts of the cranktrain, is that of vibration – and, most important, torsional vibration. There can be significant mechanical dama... read more
Tags :  crankshafts

Torque control

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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To many, the thrill of balancing steering against throttle opening while cornering hard is what motorsport is all about. That feeling of keeping a racecar at the edge of its performance envelope and only inches away from potential disaster may satisf... read more
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Contact zone

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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It is often said that history repeats itself, to show that we have done it all before. Almost all (new) developments are not really new but mostly improvements of already known concepts. In the business of engine design this seems equally true. Almos... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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