Combustion visualisation

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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The focus on downsizing powerplants in many racing series, for example Formula One and sportscar racing, has seen direct-injection (DI) gasoline engines become more common. The development of such engines is no easy task and requires extensive simula... read more
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Data logging

Thursday, July 04, 2013
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No matter how good your engine dynamometer may be, it is all but useless without the necessary data logging equipment. There is a plethora of different data logging systems available to engine builders, providing all of the functionality they could w... read more
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Engine simulation software

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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The emergence of simulation software packages for engine design and testing has revolutionised the race engine industry. Whether it be for the initial design of components, evaluating particular aspects of an engine – for example the valvetrain... read more
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Engine pressure transducers

Friday, April 05, 2013
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Pressure sensors are an integral part of advanced engine testing systems, particularly those used to measure in-cylinder combustion pressures. These provide an invaluable insight into the efficiency of the combustion process and are a vital tool for ... read more
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Strain gauging

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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On many racecars in series such as Formula One and Sportscar racing a large number of sensors, normally strain gauges, are used to assess the loads exerted on individual components within the driveline and suspension. This provides data for calculati... read more
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Dynos: Torque Sensors

Thursday, January 03, 2013
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One of the key parts of a modern engine dynamometer is the torque sensor. But how do these sensors work and what recent developments have there been in sensing technology? The vast majority of conventional systems for measuring torque operate by mea... read more
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Active dyno test cells

Monday, August 13, 2012
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Advanced active engine dynamometers are invariably housed in test cells, where the test environment can be closely controlled. This month I want to look at the design and engineering requirements of these cells, specifically the installation and type... read more
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Instrumentation

Tuesday, July 03, 2012
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Test systems are only as good as the instrumentation used to measure and record data; without the ability to undertake accurate measurements, reliable testing cannot be conducted. However, as test beds increase in complexity, so does the volume of da... read more
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