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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). ...
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Where the Water Have Gone from Engine from a Combustion Process (C8H18+12.5O2==>8CO2+9H2O)?

During studying engine's exhaust as I asked here, I have to go far. The thing I though is quite simple, the fact is complicated. Thence I knew that there is water produced in combustion process. The ...
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What is the Meaning of To Warm Up an Engine?

I have both car and motorbike. Just common car and motorbike. My car is Toyota 2005, and my motorbike is Honda 2016, I bough both brand new. Both them are fuel injection. Before them, I owned car and ...
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How to Understand the Relation of Compression Ratio and the Octane Number?

In my country are sold gas with different octane number (RON: Research Octane Number): 88, 90, 92, 95, 97, 98, and the latest is 100. RON-88 is still sold since still many old cars, motor bike, and ...
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How to calculate the output power of engine exhaust

Apologize if probably this is duplicate question. But I have tried to search if someone have asked such this question. I have a Honda engine, GX200, 196cc, with it's gross power is 6.5HP. I would ...
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Why to compress the hydrogen + air mixture in Hydrogen ICE engines when combustion efficiency of hydrogen at 1 atm is already high?

ICE Engines are designed to burn the fuel and air mixtures at high pressures to increase the combustion efficiency. But hydrogen combustion efficiency is already high at 1 atm and at constant Volume ...
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What is the percentage of direct workers in an automotive production plant compared to all the employees?

I am not asking for specific numbers of any production plant. I want to know the general direct worker/employee ratio of a plant. Example: if there are 1000 employees working usually 700 of them are ...
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Is it possible to replicate a motorcycle engine cylinder head?

Is it possible to create a mold of an aluminium motorcycle cylinder head so that you can create an exact replica with melted aluminium?
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How to actually control slip?

I'm trying to wrap my head around the question: "what is the optimal slip ratio and how do I go about controlling it?". I'm working on a control strategy for an electrical vehicle. The issue I'm ...
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Maintaining constant speed of a CVT engine during a slope

I am not sure if this question is related to this community. But nevertheless. I work on CVT engines, I had a new idea of modifying my controller during a slope or a gradient on the road so that the ...
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90 degree pivot steering system to allow vehicles to move sideways

Are there any restrictions that would not allow a steering system to cause a vehicle to be able to move sideways - at 90 degrees from the convention direction of travel?
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Best way to connect electric motor and differential in a tight space

I want to know, what the best way to connect an electric motor to a differential in a tight space. I first thought of a drive shaft, but the angle is to steep. The diff would be of a BMW E46 320d and ...
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Why are there no fully diesel electric cars?

Diesel electric locomotives seem popular, even these days. The UK's Type 45 destroyers have tried integrated electric propulsion, and I think that there are hybrid motor-generator cars that can ...
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Measurement of ICE torque

I'm seeking a precise description of engine torque. We talk about torque in terms of the twisting force that the piston exerts on the crankshaft with a radius equivalent of the rod throw. Assume ...
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How should the assignment to test software for a vehicle’s VCU be aproached?

As a graduation project, I was assigned to solve the following problem: How can the vehicle’s behaviour be simulated in the form of a testing programme, with which the VCU software can be fully ...
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Why not drive an air source heat pump domestic heating system with an auto engine?

Theses are my thoughts on the question. I can't find an answer to "why not?". It there something I am missing, or are auto manufacturers simply too focussed on cars only? The automotive industry has ...
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What standards exist regarding diagnostic systems in automotive engineering?

I'm designing a diagnostic system that simulates an environment and user input for a dummy vehicle. All possible critical situations are simulated in order to find out whether any errors are triggered,...
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Why diametral pitch is not used in S.I units

Here in this book of Theory of machines by S.S. Rattan it is written that diametral pitch is not used in S I units. Why is that so?
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What are positive drive gears? [closed]

Gears are called positive gears and belt drives are called negative drives. Explain in detail.
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What are the challenges in building a 'sports car' frame and body?

Clearly if it were easy to produce attractive looking cars for cheap, there would be a lot more 'modern' and good looking cars on the road. While beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder in ...
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Solidworks Motion capabilities

Is Solidworks Motion capable of finding the torque of the planet carrier (output) in a planetary gear set when in steady state? The sun and ring gears are both inputs and all gears are rotating at a ...
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Why do petrol engines have lower compression ratio than diesel engine?

Patrols have higher self-ignition temperature than diesel, but still, petrol engines have lower compression ratios than diesel engines. As the self-ignition temperature of petrol is shouldn't we be ...
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What does the torque curve of an engine mean?

I have been trying to understand the torque curve and power curve of an engine. From what I have read and understood I know that the torque curve and power curve is has a peak at a particular RPMs(RPM ...
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Why do small displacement engines have higher RPM ranges?

So lets compare my dirt bike and my daily driver: My dirtbike is a single 350cc cylinder 4 stroke engine. It has a redline at 12.1k RPM. My daily driver is a six cylinder 3.6L V6. The redline on it ...
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Twin cylinder engine opposed cylinders

Hoping this is the best area to ask this, mostly in the DIY and hobby world I've seen 2 engines coupled together to make a twin engine some so this for the zen of doing, but others do it to align the ...
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Explosion in an open pipe

I have a design for a gasoline engine cylinder that is open at the top, closed at the bottom (a single pipe cylinder) that operates on opposed force (the pistons move lateral to the up-down direction ...
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Is the PCV valve open during high engine load

I was learning about PCV valve, when one of the online resources pointed out that the PCV valve will be closed during high engine load to prevent the lean-mixture (blow-by) in the crank case from ...
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Type of Material | Experience Based | Reactive to Moisture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=21&v=b-A6Hs_1SME I play baseball for my school and this device (see link) has always intrigued me. I have done roughly 10 hours of research on trying ...
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Why don't car engine piston-rods (or similar parts) fail as often as other car parts?

Anyone who has owned a car has ultimately dealt with failure of a sensor (parking), or A/C failure, battery shutdown or a tyre puncture. Part breakdowns like these are pretty common, at least ...
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Working out RPM from car engine's lb ft?

Using an old copy of an automobile magazine, these are the cars with hp and lb ft I am trying to work out the RPM for: 2007 Honda Accord 2.4 sedan, 2.4-liter 187hp 4-cylinder, 164 lb ft pulling power ...
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How to calculate slope/tilt from IMU

I have to calculate the slope/tilt from a 6 axis (3D Accelero, 3D Gyro) IMU. Are there open source libraries that help one do this or should I build it on my own? How do I get started? Is there an ...
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When is the Equal Pressure Point in a Typical ICE?

My question refers to a typical bog standard normally-aspirated 4-cylinder petrol/gasoline engine. Let's say it's a 2.0 litre engine (10:1 compression ratio, firing order 1-3-4-2) operating at 2000 ...
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Calculate maximum acceleration of a car from rest (optimum launch)

First disclaimer: I have a background in math, but I'm no expert in engineering or physics. This is the first question I've ever posted and I think it belongs here, but please let me know if belongs ...
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Efficiency and NOx emission of lean burn gas engines

I have a question regarding the efficiency of lean burn gas engines. Maybe it is just a confusion concerning the terminology of "thermal efficiency", "brake mean pressure", "brake thermal efficiency" ...
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Design torque calculation for an electric vehicle

We are building an electric vehicle. How is the required torque determined for our vehicle for a given total weight of the vehicle, highest vertical gradient and maximum acceleration? We need this ...
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Why are there rivets on the drum case of a band brake

Ive seen some images of band brakes and I notice there are usually two rivets (or screws) on the drum casing (encircled in the image below). What are the rivets riveted to? And why are they riveted? ...
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How to regulate torque/RPM on an IWD vehicle

Generally, I'm interested in simple (DIY) electric vehicle design problems. I saw some photos of electric vehicles as in the following pic: or also you could check this youtube video. The vehicle is ...
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How do hybrid cars achieve greater fuel efficiency?

In this question I’m comparing non-plug-in hybrid fuel/electric vehicles with fuel-only vehicles. Also, I’m not disputing that hybrid cars are more fuel efficient, I’m just trying to understand how. ...
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Why are tires inflated?

My question is why are tires inflated? Wouldn't it just be better to make a rim out of a light but strong material, like fiber glass, then cover it with a thick coat of rubber, then it wouldn't pop if ...
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Could we use NE 555 Timer for industrial magnetic proximity switching circuit?

I actually need a magnetic proximity switching circuit such that In the case of water in fuel sensor, whenever the water level in water in fuel sensor increases the magnetic float shall move and come ...
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What are the limiting factors on diesel engine compression ratios?

Higher compression ratios in internal combustion engines generally improve the engine's fuel efficiency. But diesel engines don't seem to go above a ratio of 25 or so. What is the limiting factor for ...