Section Flow Improvement of Plasma Spray Cylinder in Outboard Motor 2013-32-9029
The two-stroke engines were in the main stream of the outboard motors, but they have been replaced with the four-stroke counterparts reflecting the environmental protection movement in recent years. However, the replacement with four-stroke engines involves increased number of components and additional displacement, and the outboard motors tend to be larger and heavier. This represents an issue, since the maneuverability of the boat is degraded due to the inappropriate weight distribution on the boat.
Yamaha outboard motors F300B and VF250A, of which the production started in the year 2009, are equipped with four-stroke engines, and yet achieved the light weight equivalent to their two-stroke counterparts. The production volume of these models reached 20,000 units. The sleeveless cylinder block produced by utilizing the thermal spraying technology has successfully reduced the distance between the cylinders, and has contributed to realize smaller and lighter-weight components used in the cylinder block and the related areas.