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Inertial Forces while analysing forces on a Piston in a Slider - Crank Mechanism?

I get that we are analysing the Piston in a non-inertial frame of reference, but the point of my question is that according to D'Alembert's Principle, whenever an inertial force comes in the line of ...
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Can a car's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) operate using electromagnetic braking?

The Wikipedia article for ESC describes the process as using hydraulic anti-lock brakes. However, is it possible for electromagnetic braking to be used instead, with an electic motor/generator in ...
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Car's shock absorbers' damping ratio

I'm trying to find a suitable shock absorber for a small ATV with a specific value (to be determined later). But everywhere I look, no one seems to be giving the damping ratio of the shock absorbers. ...
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Efficiency of a fully-engaged friction clutch

I'm wondering whether there are any notable losses in a typical automobile clutch when fully engaged. Only losses that come to mind: material twisting with torque changes slipping due to imperfect ...
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Regarding rubber vibration properties

I read an article in a textbook which says stiffer rubber increases vibration damping and softer rubber increases vibration isolation. Can anyone explain this how? What is the difference between ...
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Regarding automotive engine mounts

How are automotive engine mounts tuned to behave differently for different frequencies, like they are soft for high frequency low amplitude vibrations and hard for low frequency high amplitude ...
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Why are tri-axle trailers with single wheels more stable than double wheels?

I'm revising for the UK LGV theory test. One of the questions goes something like this: Which axle configuration is most effective at preventing petrol tankers from rolling over? A. Tandem ...
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Get engine rpm using accelerometer

I'm studying the possibility to read an engine RPM by reading the vibrations of it. Basically an engine is "oscillating" on a car chassis on all 3 axes (X, Y, Z) but mostly on the Y one. When ignition ...
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Measuring Torque in a bicycle [closed]

How to measure torque in a bicycle? how much newtons will produce by the pedal of the cycle ?
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Spark plug in 2 stroke exhaust?

Just throwing a question out there. More so to learn why this wouldn't work, instead of sharing some genius idea. 2 Strokes main problem is they let out some unburned fuel/oil out the exhaust, ...
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Calculation of reference vehicle speed using wheel speed sensors and longitudinal acceleration

I am curious why the speedometer in most passenger cars almost always uses the highest wheel speed, even if the rest of the wheels are stationary. Is this intended to be a safety feature of some sort? ...
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How can I connect F=ma to Drag=1/2*Cd*(rho)*V^2*A?

I previously posted a different question that was very vague. I have kept working on the problem, and now I have a different question. Please let me know if I should have just added it to the old ...
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Is it possible to move gear on a shaft in one moment and in the other allow it to rotate freely?

Before I describe the problem I would just like to say that I'm no engineer this is my hobby, all I know is from google or if someone told me or from books. Something obvious to you may not be obvious ...
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How does polygonal effect affect the effect of angular synchronization in car engines' timing train drive?

Is a regular roller train drive used in most car engine's timing chain drive? If so, wouldn't the polygonal effect affect the accuracy of strict angular synchronization between the camshafts and the ...
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Effect of Pressure on Combustion efficiency (of hydrogen) in excess air

Can somebody explain relation between combustion efficiency and pressure in lean mixtures using any kind of chart or mathematical equations? At first glance I thought, combustion efficiency increases ...
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Is there some temperature at which all “5w” oils should have about the same viscosity?

Is there some temperature at which all "5w" motor oils should have about the same viscosity? (5w-20, 5w-30, 5w-40, 5w-50, etc.) I am looking for SAE or ASTM wording or chart that says it straight ...
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Calculate engine oil pressure

How you would calculate engine oil pressure of an engine? I've noticed on my car I just got, it uses a pressure switch in the oil system to measure engine oil pressure it seems in my case the switch ...
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Will electroplating a ventilated brake rotor with copper improve its cooling capacity and maximum its lifespan?

Since copper is excellent at dissipating heat and does not rust, I am surprised that brake manufacturers do not electroplate cast iron/steel brake rotors with a thin layer of copper (~.5mm). There are ...
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Ackerman steering

I'm designing a steering mechanism following the Ackerman principle. I've met the condition that my steering arms' normal projections must cross in the middle of the rear axle however when I do a turn ...
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Is a starter relay needed to supply the current to the starter motor solenoid?

Considering the fact that the starter solenoid needs a maximum of 50 Amps initially (in order for the pinion gear to engage to the flywheel through the plunger and lever) and then some 8 Amps during ...
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Is starter motor running if I hold the ignition switch at the START position?

Suppose that the engine cranking has been successful but I keep holding the ignition switch at the START position instead of releasing the switch to go at the RUN position. Does this mean that the ...
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Bike wheel sizes

I was passing by a row of motorbikes and mopeds yesterday, and noticed they all have really small radius wheels compared to bicycles. Not all motorbikes are equal (some motorbikes are literally ...
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Car dc starter motor-starting resistor

Does a car starter motor use a starting resistor to limit the high starting current? What is the type of connection between field coil and armature? Series, parallel or mixed?
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Would an aeronautics-type air brake be an effective means to help bring a car to a stop? [closed]

If an automobile was to deploy an aeronautics-type air brake every time the brake pedal is used, would this be an effective means to reduce wear and tear on the car's brake rotors and pads? I think ...
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Pacejka “Magic Formula” tire models origin of the name

It might be a little off topic but I'm trying to find source for why is that model called magic formula? I read that it's a simple function of commonplace functions, a data fitting. Is it simply an ...
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Pivoting trailer gate on multiple axes

I am currently trying to design a rear gate to retrofit to an existing caged trailer (similar to image 3), with the goal of having a system where the rear gate can pivot down (on its bottom edge) to ...
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Working of spider gear in differential axle wheel mechanism

What causes the spider gear to spin about it's own axis while the vehicle is taking a turn?
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What are the non-practical features of a sterling engine that cause the internal combustion engine to be used instead?

What are the non-practical features of a sterling engine that cause the internal combustion engine to be used instead (in a car)? (e.g. price, size, the power to weight ratio, etc.) Can you name any ...
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Calculate exhaust with expansion chamber muffler

I have a book with the formulas to calculate the length of engine exhaust pipe, but these formulas don't take into account the muffler. If I add an expansion chamber, how the calculated length change?
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PLEASE ANSWER Sterling vs Combustion Engine

This may be difficult to answer but, theoretically, if you had a car with a sterling engine that produces say approximately 300 horsepower how much of any specific heat source would need to be used if ...
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Calculate Rolling Resistance Experimentally

I am trying to calculate the exact rolling resistance ($F_{rr}$) of my car. The approach I am going with is a coastdown test at a low speed so no drag slows down the car. From there I am going to ...
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How can batteries in electric/hybrid cars charge at such a high rate?

If I were to look at "normal" batteries online, they often have charging C-rates of less than 1. However, with a car that uses regenerative braking, obviously such a low charging rate would not be ...
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How much power could a turbocharger generate?

I can find many figures online for the extra power generated when a turbo is fitted to an engine. However, I can't find any figures on how much energy the turbocharger turbine actually takes out of ...
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Why do 2-stroke engines burn more oil?

Of course, most 2-stroke engines require oil to be mixed with the fuel (I appreciate there are 2-stroke engines that don't require this). Therefore, it makes sense to me that oil will be burnt during ...
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4-stroke vs. 2-stroke rpm

Of course, this is not true for all engines (after all the pre-2014 F1 engines were 4-stroke and were rpm limited to 18,000 rpm). However, from my experience, 2-stroke engines tend to run at a higher ...
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Is it true that four-wheel drive is less efficient and if so, why?

I have heard many times that four-wheel drive is less efficient than two-wheel drive. Many car producers have a normal drive mode where only two wheels are powered, and turn the four-wheel drive on ...
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How do drag and downforce in a rear spoiler of a car vary with angle of attack?

I ran an two aerodynamic simulations, one for a spoiler angle of 0 deg and the other for the same spoiler declined at 30 deg. The results showed a considerable increase in downforce, but only a slight ...
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multi parts step files

first of all i am must say that i don't know much about cad systems . i am a software developer and i was given a task to make a webgl application that show some products in 3d . the product is ...
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Name of protocol used to communicate with Fuelling Station Dispensors

I am trying to figure out the actual (Range of ) communication protocols used to communicate with Fuel Dispensers at fuel retail outlets. I see them write 2-wire protocol which is not specific as ...
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12v relay to open and an close switch without sending power to switch

Sorry if this is elementary but here's what I need. I'm trying to power a relay via 12v DC (vehicle) to open a closed switch while the 12v power is sent to the relay. Essentially, when the blinkers ...
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Would an afterburner on a turbine drastically improve acceleration lag?

A little bit of context. My friends and I were watching the "Dark Knight Rises" and a discussion about the Batmobiles ensued. I, being a former ME student, said it was stupid that batman has a turbine ...
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Reverse vs Drive When Slipping Backwards

I was trying to drive up an icy hill with a front-wheel-drive car (2006 Honda Civic Hybrid) when the front tires lost traction and the car started to slide backwards. The car then easily spun sideways ...
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Over torquing two different materials

What happens when you over torque a joint comprising of two different materials ? Will the corresponding material wear make the joint leak proof ?
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Which material index should be maximized for a component in a Car's manual type HVAC?

I was doing a case study on the plastic used in cars for controlling the AC in a manual type system which actually snapped in mine it just rotates according to the knob position in the dashboard, ...
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Planetary Gearset for Power steering

I am trying to create a power steering system for a go-kart project. In order to switch off between remote control and human control, I plan on implementing a power steering system with a planetary ...
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Material for car mounted fire extinguisher bracket

Don't try this at home. I am taking personal responsibility for what happens in my car. Hi all, I recently purchased a fire extinguisher for my car (it weighs 1.5 lbs or 0.68 kg). I browsed the ...
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Camera and light frequency rate

I recently became curious why some lights flicker in some videos, and I read some explanation about it, and I still have some questions. 1. Does every light have to have a frequency? can it have an ...
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Passing by a semi truck on a highway

So I’m driving down the highway in my sedan on a speed of lets say 60 mph. Why is it that my car sways just before it passes or it passes me? Almost always where the semis first tire is (closest to ...
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Must MSA (Measurement System Analysis) be re-performed after annual instrument calibration?

I'm working in an automotive company that must follow IATF (International Automotive Task Force) requirements. I administrate a test-bench that performs RF (radio frequency) tests using an ...
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Calculating the Braking Energy of a vehicle

you might find my question stupid. I am unfortunately not an engineer and didn't find the answer on google. I want to calculate the braking energy of a vehicle decelerating from v2 to v1 (km/h). ...