Combustion analysis

Friday, May 11, 2012
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In high-performance race engines, understanding the processes taking place during each combustion cycle is of great importance to development, be it with the intention of gaining more power, reliability or efficiency. Being able to measure and then a... read more
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Water brake dynos

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Water brake dynamometers are some of the most popular devices for engine bench testing, thanks to their relative simplicity and low cost. They are also ideally suited to the testing of high-output engines, thanks to the scalability of their design. ... read more
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The chassis dyno

Thursday, February 09, 2012
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Chassis dynamometers are one of the most common methods for assessing the power output of race engines, thanks to the ease with which testing can be conducted. However, because the entire vehicle package is under test there are a large number of fact... read more
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Transmission dynos

Thursday, December 15, 2011
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In previous issues of RET-Monitor we have looked at the wide variety of dynamometers designed to measure engine power output or gauge the parasitic losses of particular components. However, engines are not the only area of a racecar that can benefit ... read more
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Active dynos - 2

Thursday, September 22, 2011
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My previous RET-Monitor article on this subject gave a general overview of active dynamometers, and the benefits they can bring to engine development. This month, I want to look at some of the other tasks they can be used for, over and above basic tr... read more
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Active dynos

Thursday, August 11, 2011
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In the past, most engine development work would take place on passive dynamometers, which allowed only for steady-state power runs to ascertain basic power and torque curves. The advent of computer-controlled 'active' dynos however has revolutionised... read more
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Weighty matters

Monday, July 04, 2011
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In these financially straitened times, the fuel consumption of engines has taken on a new level of importance - not, I hasten to add, to minimise the production of carbon dioxide and its environmental impact on the world but, within motorsport, the s... read more
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The eddy-current dyno

Thursday, May 12, 2011
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Although the water or hydraulic brake is probably the most cost effective form of dynamometer, by far the most familiar - at least for those in a professional engine development environment - will be the eddy-current brake. It's a bit of a hybrid in ... read more
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The water brake

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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The chassis dynamometer may be a convenient way of loading an engine, but to undertake any serious engine development requires a dynamometer attached directly to the output shaft of the engine. While there are various types of engine dynamometer on t... read more
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