A Low-cost Modular Small Engine System Utilizing Extruded Aluminum 2001-01-1208
The use of modularized aluminum extrusions for the block, crankcase and head in small engine systems allows a range of engines to be mass produced without resort to casting for the stationary components. The use of modern accurately dimensioned extrusions greatly reduces the machining required. The versatility and strength of extruded aluminum alloys enables the elimination of load bearing threads and most other finish machining, thus significantly reducing the labor costs of manufacture. A range of strokes and hence of different capacity engines can be produced from a single extrusion form. For extended life, bores can be coated with a variety of finishes, including simple anodizing. Extrusion technology allows cost-effective engines to be manufactured with a significantly lower investment than with other technologies.