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This is especially true of the exhaust valve, as it does not have the benefits of being cooled by the incoming mixture passing over it. The valves are controlled by camshaft. This is a long straight shaft with knobs or pro- the jections on it called cams. There is one of these cams for each valve. As the is of the 34 shaft goes around, the on the cam and pushed up when the high part valve lifter slides cam reaches it. This in turn AUTOMOBILE ENGINE lifts end the push rod and one of the rocker arm.

In airplanes, weight is so important we are willing to pay a good price for anything which will make them lighter. Aircraft engines come in many different forms. They vary according to how they are going to be used and what kind of a plane they are going to be used in. Some of the smaller ones may resemble the automobile type engines we have just been talking about. But there are greater differences in the large, powerful airto that craft engines, the kind used in the fighters mercial transports.

All parts of an airplane are engineered with the idea of making them as light as possible. And the engine is no exception. The aircraft engine builder is constantly trying to produce engines with as much power and as little weight as possible. As the engineer would put it, we want a high power- weight ratio. Some of the results of this striving for lightness can easily be seen in just looking at an aircraft engine. It shows up in two ways ship. materials The and workman- lighter metals, alumi- num and magnesium, are used 47 A POWER PRIMER wherever possible, even though it makes the engine cost more.

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