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2 Engine Parts, Description, Function, Construction
Cylinder Barrel Chrome-molybdenum or nickel-molybdenum steel Used to guide and seal piston and to mount cylinder assembly to head Barrel threads into head to form cylinder assembly

3 Engine Parts, Description, Function, Construction
Cylinder Walls Cylinder interior wall

4 Engine Parts, Description, Function, Construction
Cylinder Walls Inside surface of cylinder barrel is honed to a controlled amount of roughness Rough enough to hold oil film but smooth enough to minimize friction and wear Plain steel cylinder walls are not treated to prevent wear or corrosion Nitrided cylinder walls are hardened to reduce wear but still rust as easily as plain steel walls. Nitriding is exposing the cylinder wall to ammonia at high temperatures and it hardens the wall to a thickness of approximately .005”

5 Engine Parts, Description, Function, Construction
Chrome cylinder walls use chromium plating to resist wear and provide a corrosion resistant surface. Cylinders may be chromed back to standard inside dimensions if they become worn Chrome is too smooth to hold oil without etching or channeling during the overhaul process

6 Engine Parts, Description, Function, Construction
Cylinder wall “CHOKE” The cylinder wall is tapered inward towards the top so that as the engine warms up, the hotter top of the wall expands more than the bottom, creating a round barrel at operating temperature.

7 Engine Parts, Description, Function, Construction
Cylinder heads Constructed of cast aluminum Provides combustion chamber, and mounting areas for spark plugs and valve parts

8 Engine Parts, Description, Function, Construction
The cylinder head is designed to transfer heat by conduction to the fins and then from the fins to the air by convection The exhaust side of the head has the most fins as it runs the hottest The head also may incorporate a drain line fitting to allow excess oil to return to the crankcase (intercylinder drain lines on radials)

9 Engine Parts, Description, Function, Construction
Valve Guides Made of bronze Secured in the head by an interference (shrink) fit Valve Seats Made of chrome steel, stellite, or brass Secured by interference fit

10 Crankcase The crankcase holds all of the engine parts in alignment and supports the cylinders and crankshaft It provides a place to mount the engine to the aircraft Constructed of aluminum alloy Divided into sections (radial)

11 Nose section - Houses prop shaft and bearings
Power section - mount for cylinders Fuel induction section - intake tubes, blower, manifolds (supercharger) Accessory section - mounts for magnetos, pumps, generators (magnesium)

12 Opposed crankcase Sections are not as distinct as in the radial and the crankcase splits from front to rear instead of in radial sections

13 Pistons Constructed of aluminum alloy Parts include top, ring grooves, ring lands, skirt, and piston pin boss Cooling fins on the bottom help the oil carry heat away from the piston top

14 Cam ground pistons diameter of the piston is greater perpendicular to the piston pin boss This compensates for uneven expansion during operation (becomes round at operating temperature)

15 Piston head designs

16 Piston rings (general)
Provide seal between cylinder wall and piston Rings ride on a thin film of oil Conduct heat from the piston out to the cylinder and the fins Material is cast iron or chrome steel Piston rings (type) Compression rings are located at the top of the piston and seal the combustion chamber Types include rectangular, tapered,wedge

17 Compression rings

18 Oil control rings On bottom of piston below compression rings Regulates oil film thickness on cylinder wall Holes in ring and piston allow excess oil to drain back to crankcase Too much oil film and the engine will use excessive oil and too little oil causes heat and insufficient lubrication Oil scraper rings Directs the oil away from or towards the oil control rings depending upon the requirements of the engine

19 Piston ring end gap The gap at the end of the rings allows for expansion and contraction and unevenness in the cylinder wall Butt, step and angle types Always stagger the end gaps during ring installation to prevent losing compression

20 Piston Pins (wrist pins)
Connects the piston to the end of the connecting rod Constructed of hardened steel The pin is retained in the piston with clips or plugs to prevent cylinder wall scoring Typical Lycoming and Continental pins are free-floating, meaning the pin is not secured to the piston or the rod.


22 Connecting Rod Assembly
The link between the crankshaft and the piston Normally steel but some low powered engines use aluminum to save weight Cross section is an “H” or “I” Types include : Plain Rod Fork and blade rod Master and articulated

23 Plain Type Rods Used on inline and opposed engines Small bushing at piston pin end is pressed in place and reamed to final dimensions Large end of rod includes a cap, bolts, nuts, and plain bearing inserts Rods are numbered as to cylinder and for cap-to-rod alignment

24 Fork and Blade Connecting Rod
Used on “V” type engines One rod inside another allows cylinders to be aligned and to share a common location on the crankshaft

25 Master and Articulating Rod Used on radial engines
Uses “knuckle pins” to retain articulated rods to master Master Rod Articulating Rod

26 Master/Articulating Rod in Action

27 Crankshaft Changes reciprocating motion of pistons into rotating motion to drive propeller Constructed of chrome-nickel-molybdenum-steel May be one piece or as many as three separate pieces The propeller mounts to the front of the crankshaft using a spline, taper, or flange The crankshaft rotates within the crankcase and is supported by main bearing journals Crankshaft throws or crankpins are off center and account for the reciprocating motion of the pistons

28 Crankshaft Main Bearing Journal, Pin, Arm


30 Crankshaft Ends For Mounting Propellers

31 Dynamic Dampers can be mounted to the crankshaft to reduce vibration (floating)
Counterweights are also used to reduce vibration but they are rigid and do not float Counterweights and dampers are used in piston engines because the power pulses and movement of the pistons create large amounts of vibration Vibration shortens airframe and engine life and can lead to premature component failure The engine is also mounted in rubber bushings to absorb vibration

32 2 Piece Crankshaft With Counterweights (Single Throw, Single Cylinder)

33 Valves and the Valve System
Valves control the flow of gases inside the engine Poppet valves are the most common and get their name from the popping open and closed during operation Intake valves are chrome steel and are cooled by the incoming air and fuel mixture Exhaust valves are also alloy steel but are often filled with metallic sodium for cooling. Valve faces may be coated with Stellite to reduce wear and corrosion Valve faces are ground to 30 degrees for intake (airflow) and 45 degrees (cooling) for exhaust



36 1290 degrees F (typical)

37 Valve Springs Inner and outer springs are used to prevent bounce, provide redundancy, and increase valve closing pressure Held in place by retainer washers on the top and bottom of the spring Split key or “keeper” holds the retainers and springs in place on the valve stem

38 Valve Lifter or Tappet May be solid, roller, or hydraulic The lifter follows the cam lobes and pushes on the pushrod Solid and roller lifters require adjustable rocker arms Hydraulic type lifters fill with oil and lengthen to compensate for any clearances in the valve system


40 Turns at 1/2 the speed of the crankshaft
Camshaft Turns at 1/2 the speed of the crankshaft Must be mechanically coupled to the crankshaft for timing purposes (gears, belts, chains) The camshaft consists of bearing journals and lobes spaced along the shaft Each lobe is positioned to open and close a valve at a specific time Lobe

41 Pushrod transmits push of lifter up to rocker arm Hollow to allow oil to flow to the top of the cylinder for valve part lubrication Length can be varied to adjust valve clearance Valve clearance is the space between the top of the valve stem and the rocker arm. This clearance is to prevent a valve from being held open with the resulting heat build-up and loss of compression valve clearance increases as the engine operates due to cylinder expansion (solid lifters) Hydraulic lifters have a “0” clearance in operation

42 Valve clearance adjustment
Valve clearance measurement

43 Rocker Arm Adjustable in solid lifter engines and fixed in engines with hydraulic lifters One end rests on the valve stem and the other on the pushrod Rocking motion opens and closes the valves Roller rocker arms incorporate a roller that reduces friction and are used in some radials and experimental engines

44 Bearings. Must be able to withstand forces inside an
Bearings Must be able to withstand forces inside an engine with minimal friction and heat build- up. Must accept radial and thrust loads Plain Bearings A steel insert with babbitt (lead alloy) bonded to the bearing surface Plain bearings are keyed to keep them in place A lip or flange allows the plain bearing to accept thrust loads Commonly used as crankshaft and rod bearings in opposed engines


46 Roller Bearings (antifriction)
Hard steel rollers captured between an inner and outer “race” and held in alignment by a “cage” May be tapered to absorb radial and thrust loads or straight to absorb radial loads only

47 Parts of a Ball Bearing BALL CAGE INNER RACE OUTER RACE

48 Ball Bearings (antifriction)
Used for both radial and thrust loads Deep grooves in races allow thrust loads

49 Bearing cleaning and safety
Wash old grease and debris with solvent Blow dry with shop air but do not spin the bearing with the air blast Reapply grease or oil immediately to prevent corrosion Protect skin and eyes from solvent contact

50 Propeller Reduction Gearing
Purpose is to reduce propeller rpm to its optimal speed and to increase engine rpm to its optimal speed Propeller always turns slower than the engine Gear Ratios: Expressed as 2:1, .64:1, 300:1 At what speed will the propeller be turning if the engine rpm is 2000 and the gear ratio is 2:1? 1000 rpm

51 Which reduction ratio will provide the fastest propeller speed 10:1 or 4:1?
4:1 (it is the closest to 1:1) Spur Gears Simple drive and driven gear system Number of teeth on gear and gear diameters determine reduction ratio Large gear would be mounted to propeller as it turns the slowest

52 Planetary Gears Ring gear, Planet gear, Sun gear Large gear reductions possible Compact and versatile Common in large radials and turbine engines

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