Steel cylinder liners

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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On first inspection, steel seems like an unlikely material to use for a cylinder liners. Its density is almost three times that of aluminium, its thermal expansion coefficient is much lower than that of the aluminium piston that runs inside it, and i... read more

Bearing distress

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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I have read a report that says 55% of all bearing failures are attributable to the presence of dirt. Referred to more accurately in the report as “foreign body contamination” in this context, dirt is defined as being “any impurity, ... read more
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Multi-profile camshafts

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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The most widely used term in the 21st century automotive world is surely the verb ‘to optimise’. Meaning “to make the best or most effective use of a situation or resource”, in the modern world and with so many variables, engi... read more
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Coating superalloys using CVD

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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In various RET-Monitor articles on materials, the use of superalloys in race engines has been covered. Their originally intended use was in gas turbine engines for the aerospace industry, and they were developed specifically for their capability at e... read more
Tags :  coatings

Rapid prototyping

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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The recent article on additive manufacturing in Race Engine Technology (issue 76, February 2014) by David Cooper was a good read; the possibilities of this technology are almost limitless, and con rods are perhaps an ideal opportunity for this produc... read more
Tags :  con-rods

The all-electric water pump

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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There was a time when the nearest any electrical signal could get anywhere close to an internal combustion engine was in the condenser to the ignition system. Discharging an electrical pulse through the ‘points’ of the mechanical distribu... read more
Tags :  coolant-system

More on dampers

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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The previous article in the RET-Monitor section on crankshafts introduced the concept of damping the torsional vibration of the crankshaft. We discussed the most common form of commercially available damper currently supplied for racing – the i... read more
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DIY wiring looms

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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Imagine the scene: I’m driving a rally car at competitive speeds along the narrow, twisting country lanes of Yorkshire, England. When braking hard for the downhill, hairpin bend ahead, suddenly the electrics fail. Confronted by total darkness w... read more
Tags :  electronics

Does it always work?

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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This month I have chosen not to write about ‘real’ content on the topic of gaskets and seals, but to focus more on the ‘how do we know it is right’ side of things. When I read about developments of some kind in gaskets or sea... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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