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Patrick HaleTitle: "The Power Process"
Guest: Patrick Hale
Length: 74 min.
Show # 58
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About the Guest: Patrick Hale founded Racing Systems Analysis (RSA) in 1985 to combine his keen interests in internal combustion engines, drag racing and personal computers. After graduating with a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University he joined the AlliedSignal Aerospace Corporation in 1976. He applied his engineering simulation experience with gas turbine engines and high speed aircraft to the development of PC based computer software for internal combustion engine performance modeling and drag race car simulation, initially in support of his own drag racing efforts. RSA is recognized as an industry leader in providing sophisticated, technical PC software products for many different types of automobile and motorcycle racing, focused primarily on the drag racing market. A wide range of software products have been developed since 1985, and RSA now has thousands of satisfied customers around the globe.

About the Show:

  • The 7 Process Model - Let's go through each and have you give us some tips for optimizing each.
    • 1. Intake Pumping
    • 2. Intake Ramming
    • 3. Compression
    • 4. Fuel Burning & Expansion
    • 5. Exhaust Blow Down
    • 6. Exhaust Pumping
    • 7. Valve Overlap
  • Can you list the 7 Processes in order of importance or most potential for improvement?
  • Engine Short Block - Your thoughts…
    • Bore to Stroke Ratio
    • Rod Ratio
  • Throttle Body & Plenum - Your thoughts…
    • Throttle Body / Carburetor
    • Intake Manifold Types
    • Plenum Effect
    • Plenum Volume
  • Camshaft - Your thoughts…
    • Duration
    • Lift
    • Area under the curve
    • Lobe Separation
    • Intake Open
    • Intake Close
    • Exhaust Open
    • Exhaust Close
  • Friction - How do we reduce it?
    • Oil windage
    • Pumping losses
  • How do we strike a balance between simulation and real world experience?
  • What are the biggest mistakes people make with simulation software?
  • What do you see as the future trends for making horsepower?
  • Any other tips for our listeners? (c) All Rights Reserved