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Ultrasound Can Now Monitor the Health of Your Car Engine

ScienceDaily -- A system that uses ultrasound technology to look inside car engines could lead to more efficient engines -- and huge fuel savings for motorists.

Ultrasound scans have long been a fundamental tool in healthcare for looking inside the human body, but they have never before been put to use in testing the health of a modern combustion engine.
In the University of Sheffield's Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rob Dwyer-Joyce, Professor of Lubrication Engineering, has devised a method of using ultrasound to measure how efficiently an engine's pistons are moving up and down inside their cylinders.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 5:57:03 AM

ROFL NedW. Good one!
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 3:29:53 PM

Can engines reproduce, yet?
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:16:07 AM

Alrighty then
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 5:40:15 AM

Good technology
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 5:29:59 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 5:12:00 AM

Is it covered under your new Medicare plan?
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 2:47:52 AM

Obummer ccare at it's best

[Edited by: speedbumpone at 12/12/2012 2:52:40 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 2:41:50 AM

Auto mechanics used to be able to gauge the health of an engine just by listening to it. This skill has been lost with advanced engine technology and it looks like ultrasound scans might become the new diagnostic tool for gauging engine health.
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Where did you find a .99 cent camera - what Walgreens?
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 12:12:27 AM

Wonder if the ultrasound will eventually cause cracks in the engine. Hasten metal fatigue. Hope they do some through testing for extended time before using it in general. Not like Ethanol that now after 10 + yrs. is found to be worse overall for the environment than the Gasoline it is replacing, & for many engines.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 12:01:53 AM

Doubt it will be covered by medicare.
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 12:01:03 AM

Another thing to raise the price of cars
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 12:00:42 AM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:56:17 PM

This will not be of much use to the ever day driver. What can be done to correct a problem will cost more than it is worth to fix.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:50:56 PM

Wow, what will they think of next?
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:50:55 PM

So i should stAND IN FRONT of my engine and take pictures with my .99 cent camera from Walgreens?
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:47:53 PM

amazing
Gomer will be out of a job soon
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:47:23 PM

Good tech is always a improvement.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:44:28 PM

Overdue implementation.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:37:15 PM

Great!
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:35:30 PM

Will BCBS or United Healthcare pay?
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:33:55 PM

Is it part of ObamaCare?
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:33:49 PM

Gotta check out those little babies inside - piston rings that is.

Neat to see a new use for existing technology. This is for engine makers not for repair or other uses. Too expensive and couldn't do anything about it if you knew what was going on inside.

NASCAR or NHRA builders could put it to good use too.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:32:15 PM

Hard to believe
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:27:43 PM

I bet Medicare doesn't pay for it.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:27:01 PM

How does ultrasound work through metal, hope this isn't a waste of more taxpayer money.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:26:26 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:22:21 PM

How's that work?
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:19:57 PM

amazing
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:17:55 PM

So soon I will be taking my car to the doctor
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:17:30 PM

Good idea!
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:17:19 PM

Piston rings tend to coke up over time. A product like Jectron helps keep them clean for a better seal.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:15:58 PM

Cool
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:10:11 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:10:06 PM

Thanks for posting
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:07:47 PM

Everyone seems to have an angle. If my engine gets pregnant I'll get it an ultrasound but until that happens, I'll pass.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:05:29 PM

ULTRASOUND IMAGERY WILL NOT ALLOW HEAVY METAL ACCURACY... THE ECHO'S WILL CHANGE FAR TOO MUCH... THIS WILL RESULT IN GUESSING WHAT'S WRONG INSIDE THE ENGINE BLOCK... PRETTY MUCH LIKE THEY DO NOW... THIS REALLY IS A WASTE OF TIME & GRANT MONEY... THE CYLINDERS SHAPE... SIZE & DEPTH... THROUGH A SIMPLE MATH EQUATION WILL DO IT BETTER... ITS USUALLY CALLED THE TIMING... THIS IS HIGH-TECH NONSENSE...
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:04:18 PM

This is cool
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 11:02:13 PM

Do we need a Doctor or can a mechanic use it?
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:58:59 PM

Hmmm...
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:56:34 PM

What do you mean "it's pregnant"?
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:56:08 PM

Cool.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:55:16 PM

very interesting time will tell here
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:52:25 PM

Sounds like a winner to me.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:47:46 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:39:33 PM

sweet, dont forget the lube!
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:33:37 PM

See through metal....Amazing!
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:32:50 PM

If it will help design better engines then go for it.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:26:14 PM

Now you will know if it is a boy or girl car engine!
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:20:26 PM

If it makes it run better then good
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:18:04 PM

Hmmmm
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