Coatings for electrical insulation

Monday, August 18, 2014
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At the top levels of motorsport power unit design, the current focus seems to be on making smaller engines and improving efficiency. Simply put, we want more performance from less fuel. This is true not only for our day-to-day motoring but for Formul... read more
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The use of soft metallic coatings

Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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Much of the focus in recent years in terms of coatings used in motorsport powertrains has been on the hard low-friction coatings, such as titanium nitride, chromium nitride and diamond-like carbon. These have served to reduce friction and increase th... read more
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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
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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
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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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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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Using thermal barriers for driver comfort

Monday, December 02, 2013
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We have discussed the use of thermal barrier coatings for many reasons in the past, including mitigating heat transfer to areas of the engine which cost performance, protecting electronic components which can suffer reliability problems when the melt... read more
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Plasma/thermal sprayed valve seats

Monday, October 07, 2013
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The subject of valve seat materials has been dealt with in RET-Monitor before; an article published in 2012 briefly discussed the requirements for seat materials. There are several important requirements for a valve seat material. It is generally res... read more
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