Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Engine Diagram (drawn) Small Engine 101

This "Diagram" of the inside of an engine was drawn by your one and only Xavier Zurita (me) haha... This drawing goes into detail with everything involving the piston,cam shaft,connecting rod, etc. etc.... However, this was a great way for me to learn about the engine we find in our everyday car. Drawing it myself helps me dissect and truly analyze the "WHY?" and "HOW?" the machine works. "Why and How" being the two questions an engineer always has to answer are the questions I am beginning to ask myself.

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” 
― Friedrich Nietzsche
                                                                        -Xavier Zurita

 The purpose of a tappet is to apply linear force from one part of a machine, such as a piece in a car's engine, to another part inside that machine. If the two parts were to come into direct contact with each other, it could cause damage to one or both of the parts. It provides the contact between them so that only the amount and direction of force needed to move part of the machine is applied.

You definitely need a fan shroud if your car was equipped with one. The shroud is that plastic or metal funnel shaped piece on the back of the radiator (usually) that covers the entire fan. It acts as a director for the air used to cool the radiator. Without it air that should be doing an efficient job of cooling your radiator fluid can be working at half efficiency or less.

Engines are a complex system that many people nowadays have no clue what their about but use them everyday. Through drawing many of the main components of a small engine i have been able to analyze and dissect every detail of the engine. I would say from this assignment i can disassemble a small engine and re-assemble it on my own which is a fantastic skill to obtain in the path im chasing

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