Cars: engine power and transmission – 3D animation

Cars: engine power and transmission - 3D animation

The physical principles behind car gears. Visit my homepage, or read about my latest book This video offers an unusual perspective to the relation between engine power, RPM and acceleration. Some comments 1) Torque – a gear of radius R that exerts force F is said to have a torque of T=R*F. Engines do not produce force per se, but torque. So if the engine produces a torque of T, and that is transmitted unchanged to a gear of radius R, you a get a force of T/R. The video offers an alternative view, where the relation between RPM, power and accelartion is explained without torques. See more about torques in this video: 2) Efficiency – this video assumes and ideal world with 100% efficiency. No energy is wasted on friction or any other mechanical losses. 3) Another simplifying assumption is that the engine produces a constant torque, and thus a constant force. As mentioned in one of the comments in the end, this is not the case with real engines. In most engines the torque rises as RPM rises, peaks at some RPM, and then starts to fall. Because of that the power does not steadily increase with RPM. It increases in the beginning, and continues to increase a little bit after the torque peaks. Then as the torque starts to dimish significantly, the power reduces as well. 4) Measurments – here are the measurments used in the simulation: 16 teeth gear radius: 18cm = 0.6 ft Force exerted by this gear: 196N = 44.1 lb Car wheel radius

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