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Conrod force/acceleration

Hi guys,

	I'm still not able to receive email, but I can send email out.   
SO, I've been monitoring the Q-list by reading the archives.

	I thought I'd try to clear up Glen's misunderstanding of the 
piston/conrod acceleration/force.

	After reading a couple messages beyond the first one, it becomes 
clear to me that Glen thinks the original formula that Orin quoted 
calculates piston acceleration.   The formula calculates conrod _force_, 
which is a maximum at TDC.   Just to be perfectly clear, this is the force 
of the piston and crank on the conrod, trying to stretch it apart.

Glen said...

> Conceptually, I find it difficult to understand how acceleration is greatest
> at TDC, as the piston stops moving up, is momentarily motionless, and
> the starts to accelerate downward. How can acceleration be greatest at the
> instant in time that upward motion has ceased, the piston is motionless
> and then downward acceleration commences? It seems to me that acceleration
> must do to zero at some point as the piston approaches its point of zero 
> motion. 
> Guessing here again, and mebbe this is where my logic falls apart, I 
> would think that        
> max piston velocity would occur at mid-stroke and that acceleration would 
> be zero at mid-stroke? 

Glen, your assumptions are correct, as you write them.  
_Acceleration_ of the piston is zero at TDC as is velocity, relative to 
the engine block.


Graydon D. Stuckey
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