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Old 02-25-2012, 07:11 PM
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Ray, generally I like to keep a low profile regarding my work background. Test engineering is just one of them. You can question my experitise as a marine engine builder - I've never built one! I'm sure you guys have a whole host of issues I've never dreamed of.

Some of the engine tests we ran:

* 100 hours between peak torque and peak horsepower. Some tests were extended to 200 hours. Now I believe 200 is the norm. They run some to 400 hours.
* Long term idle tests (sounds easy, but is brutal on some parts, especially the old flat tappet cams).
* Cold start tests to -20F or below.
* Overheating tests, including running engine with no coolant.
* Road tests up to 100,000 miles, and some at high speeds up to 100 mph.
* Octane tests.
* Water ingestion and splash tests (run the car through deep water at high speeds)
* Cooling tests (idle, grade, towing).
* Coolant corrosion tests.
* Fleet tests.
* Salt spray tests.

The testing is very extensive, and is one reason why automobile engines last so long now. I was talking to some Ford engineers last Fall, and was impressed with the testing they did on their Ecoboost engine. They said they did their durability test at full throttle at peak horsepower for I believe 200 hours, which is a lot for a turbo engine. That's brutal! One engine they ran in the Baja 1000 race, put it through some towing tests, and then put it through their normal dyno durability schedule. On their Powerstroke diesel engine, they essentially double the gasoline test schedule.

I forgot to mention that the auto manufacturers do so much engine dyno durability testing that they actually sell the power generated by the testing back to the utility companies.

Michael

Break'in stuff for a living sounds fun . . . . . I'm still at the hobbyist level though
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Break'in stuff for a living sounds fun . . . . . I'm still at the hobbyist level though
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It's funny. At the time, it seemed very tedious with lots of documentation, and was one of those jobs everyone wanted to move "through" to get to design engineering. In retrospect, though, it was one of the most educational, fun and memorable jobs I've had.

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What are u doing in Cali now Mike?
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What are u doing in Cali now Mike?
Sometimes I have to pinch myself because it is such a change, but I am doing IT consulting now. I try to keep abreast of what going on in my old field, though, since it's a love of mine.

I take it you are in graphics. What type?

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Instead of all these new motors,how about a Bravo replacement from Merc that can handle a 525,565,600?
They have one...


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