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Gordon Blair

Design and Simulation of Two-Stroke Engines
625 pages

The second of two books on the theory of Two-Stroke behaviour. It was written in 1996 after Blair really got hooked on unsteady gas dynamics. The book is 625 pages of very detailed stuff, the sort of book that you would study if your were taking a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering. I regard this as the culmination of his work before he retired.

This really is the real world of two-strokes at the microscopic level. Not for the timid!

Contents list

Introduction with review of basic data and not quite so basic data,Gas Flow, Scavenging, Combustion, Computer Modelling, Assistance for Designers, Fuel Consumption and Exhaust Emissions, Reduction of Noise

This book has the same Chapter headings as the earlier book, but completely reworked and hugely more detailed, and we are now immersed in the world of unsteady gas dynamics. The ideas and theory in the book are covered by a set of computer programs, and these cost vastly more than the book. The market for the programs is clearly not the punter in the street, at over GBP 500 when I checked last, and maybe they consider their audience to be Universities and research establishments who can easily afford such inflated prices.