New Cement-Based Materials for Engine Construction

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M. Love

Ricardo Consulting Engineers, Bridge Works, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex, England

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 109(4), 374-379 (Oct 01, 1987) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3240051 History: Received July 09, 1986; Online October 15, 2009


A study of new and unconventional materials for use in engine construction highlighted several interesting developments. One which stood out as providing useful physical properties at low cost was the cement-based material known as NIMS. A design study for a cylinder block molded from this material was undertaken and a novel construction method devised. In order to gain practical experience with the material, a valve cover for a four-cylinder gasoline engine has been designed and manufactured. The cover is being developed on an engine in a test vehicle and shows potential for noise reduction with little or no increase in cost or weight.

Copyright © 1987 by ASME
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