Big End Design

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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After the article last month which looked briefly at the small end of the con rod, we shall look this month at the opposite end of the con rod. Referred to as the ‘big end’ or ‘large end’ this end of the con rod houses the bea... read more
Tags :  con-rods

Crankshaft Steels

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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As was mentioned in the previous RET Monitor article on crankshafts, it is our belief that nitriding steels are the most commonly, if not exclusively used materials. This month we take a closer look at nitriding steels for crankshaft manufacture, exp... read more
Tags :  crankshafts

Chip crazy

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The silicon chip has made the task of performance engine design incomparably easier. An effective revolution in engine design for both gasoline and diesel units was made possible by close control of fuel and ignition through what were and are rugged ... read more
Tags :  electronics

Keeping a cool head

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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There is no doubt about it, the engine in your average family saloon car has come on a long way in the last 30 years. When once we struggled to get 100 bhp out of a 1.6 litre engine, today 100 bhp per litre is now easily achievable. Such are the impr... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

The Cylinder Liner

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The humble cylinder bore seems to get very little press these days. Arguably the most critical surface in any combustion engine, the inside surface of any cylinder liner is exposed to the full flame temperature and the high pressures of combustion an... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

Future Alternatives

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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High-performance racing engines create a hostile environment with the presence of extreme temperatures and aggressive fluids. The polymers used for rubber seals and mouldings are often extremely costly, where even a simple O-ring can cost upwards of ... read more
Tags :  engine-structure

No room to manoeuvre

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The modern racing engine, benefiting from many hours of dyno development time and a great deal of simulation, should at least have a well-optimised exhaust system in terms of length. When compared to a Formula One car, sports cars have a lot of room ... read more
Tags :  exhausts

Back to Basics, Part 1

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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I have little doubt that, for many of you reading it, much of this short article and those that follow will be a case of ‘teaching Granny to suck eggs’. However, for those who are involved in engine design, possibly as beginners, an under... read more
Tags :  fasteners

E is for Additives

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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It has been almost twenty years since the European Union introduced the world to E numbers. Initially seen as a somewhat crude attempt to control the use of artificial additives in food, the automatic reaction from the public was to label anything wi... read more
Tags :  fuel-system

Heart health

Sunday, June 14, 2009
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The oil pump in any engine has been likened to the human heart. At the core of operations it provides the essential life-giving fluid to all the other components and surfaces in the system. And while there are many other similarities, unlike the huma... read more
Tags :  oil-system
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