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Vehicle Steering Systems

November 17, 2019 Nigel 0

When we talk about Vehicle Steering Systems we’re discussing the collection of components, linkages, etc. which will allow for a vehicle to follow the desired course. This is all part of the vehicle dynamics. The [more…]

Sanding Blocks

October 12, 2019 Nigel 0

An article about sanding blocks feels like nonsense until you realise just how useful they are. The cork block is the starting point and one of the must have items in any toolbox. The next [more…]

Abrasive, Diamond, Emery and Sandpaper

October 12, 2019 Nigel 0

Abrasive, Diamond, Emery and Sandpaper. There are lots of different types and forms of abrasives that we use in engineering and model engineering. A very hard, brittle, heat-resistant substance that is used to grind the [more…]

Engine Capacity

May 26, 2019 Nigel 0

Engine Capacity = Swept Volume = Engine Displacement We use all of these terms interchangeably and they all mean the same thing When we calculate the capacity of an engine it is simply the bore, [more…]

Engine Mount Brackets

May 6, 2019 Nigel 0

When we’re mounting an engine either on isolating mounts or solid into a structure it is really important to consider the design of the brackets. If these brackets have any low frequency stiffness concerns then [more…]

Metric or Imperial Threads

April 20, 2019 Nigel 0

Someone commented to me the other day whilst walking around a car museum in the UK that they couldn’t cope with all of the different imperial threads and the array of spanners that you need [more…]

Radiused Connecting Rods

February 28, 2019 Nigel 0

Radiused connecting rods, the formal way is to use a rotary table and an end mill. If you don’t have a rotary table you can make hardened filing buttons and use these to file a [more…]

Accurately Drilling a Hole

February 28, 2019 Nigel 0

Accurately drilling a hole can be a challenge even in a milling machine with all axes locked, apart from the quill movement. I start with a centre drill. The centre drill is short and so [more…]

Aerodynamic Noise

January 10, 2019 Nigel 0

When we flow gas through a pipe or over a surface (fluid dynamics) we generate noise and sometimes vibration, this all falls under the title of aerodynamic noise. The noise that is produced can be [more…]