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    If you can't make it good, make it Shiny* (*Copyright Harley Davidson)
  2. Hi Alan, I suspect your PIC work is far beyond what I am doing. I am running a few lines of code, essentially a couple of DO-WHILE loops to calculate the advance and dwell periods in the 'down time' between firing events, then using those values to time triggering of a FET which drives the coil. My first attempt was an ambitious all singing & dancing behemoth which could not run fast enough on a 1MHZ pic, even for my max 3500rpm.
  3. More pictures added to the gallery. The oil pumps have been tested, the photo shows the scavenge pump on test, circulating a mix of air and oil. The pump was run like this at 1800rpm for 4 hours. It became only slightly warm and there was no appreciable wear visible afterwards. A more elaborate setup was used with a manifold simulating the oil system loads and housing temperature and pressure sensors. This setup was run at 3°C (a cold morning in the workshop) and then heated to 90°C and the pump was able to supply oil through the temperature range at the required pressure from 250rpm. I've made the 'works' of the distributor and a mould for the cap (Halfords are completely out of 7 cylinder distributor caps!). The cap will be moulded in clear polyester for trials, so I can observe any errant arcing inside. The distributor uses an optical sensor and I have written my own software to run on a PIC to control the advance and dwell.
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    Distributor base and internals
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    Distributor cap mould
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    Oil pump test.
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    Radial Engine Build

    Off topic - Radial engine build gallery
  8. More Progress. The Primary Drive Case houses the 55mm wide toothed belt drive, the starter motor and the clutch assembly. The case comprises a front plate (which bolts to the rear of the oil tank), a rear plate (which provides a mount for a gearbox) a number of spacers and four strips of aluminium bent to form the 'wrappers' of the front and rear halves. The parts for one half are assembled with the wrapper strips clamped in place and are then fixed together using the 'Technoweld' process. For those who are not familiar with Technoweld (or Lumiweld, or other trade names), it uses rods containing antimony and heat from a propane torch. The antimony alloys with the aluminium at a temperature lower than the melting point of the parent metal. It is often described a 'aluminium brazing'. I have found it to be strong and effective in many applications, including repairing motorcycle engine and gearbox cases. The assembly shows no distortion from heating. Applying the heat and rods from the inside gives a very clean finish on the outside (and some singed eyebrows!).
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    Part for rear half of Primary Drive Case
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    Loosely arranged parts of Front half of Primary Drive Case
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    Assembled front half of Primary Drive Case
  12. More pictures added to the album. The oil tank assembly was tack welded together and brazed. Both front an rear faces were machined and grooves cut for the large O rings which will seal the tank to the back face of the crankcase and the front face of the primary drive case. Bosses are fitted at the top for the oil return from the cooler and for the oil filler cap. When the auxiliary drives assembly is fitted, the main oil pump has an external O ring which seals into the boss fitted at the bottom of the tank. The upper end of the auxiliary drive shaft sit below a hole in the top of the tank. The distributor will be fitted and sealed to the top face of the tank at that location.
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    Machining outside of supercharger housing
  14. A long overdue update: Progress has been interrupted by the need to rebuild my microlight engine, following an in-flight failure and forced landing in a random crop field. No damage to man or machine (apart from the dropped valve, piston, rod and barrel!) and the landowner was more interested in taking photos of the aeroplane in his field than complaining about it. He even helped with the recovery. The radial engine now has its auxiliary drives gearbox on the back of the crankcase, containing 2:1 reduction bevel gears driving a vertical shaft which drives the main oil pump. In progress is the oil tank, which also acts as the engine mount. The tank design is a short cone, for which I had to make a set of versatile bending rolls. These will later be adapted to roll the exhaust collector ring from 38mm stainless tube. Photos of the bending rolls and the oil tank in progress added to the album.
  15. The timing of the Gatwick drone event was extraordinary, both as a distraction from the chaos in parliament and with respect to the sale of the majority of shares in the airport to a French company on the 27th December. With the tin foil hat on... one might suspect that the event could have been brought to a conclusion very quickly if there was a will to do so. As usual, there will likely be a knee-jerk response, introducing legislation which causes cost and inconvenience to legitimate users while having no effect on those with malicious intent.
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