Rapid prototyping

Thursday, May 08, 2014
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The development of rapid prototyping (RP) methods as a manufacturing technique has been fascinating to witness. There are several strands to this: many RP techniques simply produce a facsimile of a component or assembly but which have no functional u... read more

Batteries

Thursday, May 08, 2014
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The development of electrical technology seems to have been exponential. Had the power failed a century ago, for example, some reasonably wealthy people would have been inconvenienced. If it happened today though, it is likely that civilisation would... read more

Lead-free bearings

Thursday, May 08, 2014
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Throughout the 20th century, lead made a significant contribution to the development of the internal combustion engine. Initially this was in the form of Babbit-type materials (a mixture of tin, antimony, copper and lead) that were used in engine bea... read more
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Thumpety-thump

Thursday, May 08, 2014
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Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. For example, the quality of the exhaust noise of a performance car can make all the difference to the enjoyable experience of owning and driving a vehicle, particularly if that vehicle is of a certain age. ... read more
Tags :  camshafts

DLC and pistons

Thursday, May 08, 2014
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It is fair to say that DLC (diamond-like carbon) coatings have proven to be something of a revelation to the motor racing and wider automotive sectors. Motorsport, with its relatively big budgets per component and small production quantities, is gene... read more
Tags :  coatings

The Scotch Yoke

Thursday, May 08, 2014
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Anyone who deals with engines will be familiar with the con rod (unless you are a fanatic of the rotary engine to the exclusion of all others). It is a simple articulating link that connects the piston to the crankshaft and, in doing so, converts rec... read more
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Back to basics

Thursday, May 08, 2014
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When it comes to competition cars, more cases of overheating are caused by the installation of the vehicle heat exchanger than the choice of the heat exchanger itself. In such cases the cause of the problem is not in the selection of the matrix core ... read more
Tags :  coolant-system

More on dampers

Thursday, May 08, 2014
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In the previous couple of RET-Monitor articles under this keyword, we have looked at ways to control torsional vibrations in crankshafts. It would be possible to expand on this almost indefinitely, as there is a huge number of devices that have been ... read more
Tags :  crankshafts

Gearshift load cells

Thursday, May 08, 2014
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The world of race transmissions has changed substantially over the past 20 years or so. Although the geartrain cluster may fundamentally be the same, with only relatively small improvements to the gear teeth profile or material, the main developments... read more
Tags :  electronics

ICE?

Thursday, May 08, 2014
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In the context of this article, ICE has nothing to do with frozen water, but rather everything to do with Formula One engines from this season onwards. With the current Formula One power units we need to distinguish between the several systems these ... read more
Tags :  engine-structure
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