Desmodromic valve drive was often justified by claims that springs could not close valves reliably. There was once a time when Desmodromic valve technology was cutting edge and a necessary competitive advantage for Ducati in racing. Ducatisti around the world know that the red bikes have desmo valves. Not all of them can tell you what that means, exactly. The Greek words.

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Relevant discussion may be found on Talk: The desmodromic system avoids this problem, because although it has to work against the directional energy of the valve opening and closing, it does not have to overcome the static energy of the spring. Creative, youthful and spirited, the new Ducati Scrambler is more than just a motorcycle, it is a new brand that enhances creativity, self-expression and the sharing of positive emotions.

Today most automotive engines use overhead camsdriving a flat tappet to achieve the shortest, lightest weight, and most inelastic path from cam to valve, desmodromkc avoiding elastic elements such as pushrod and rocker galve.

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This springless system remedied every problem created from spring cam mechanisms in high-rev engines. For the desmo systems used in Ducatis, engineers have chromed the rocker arms on the valve shaft to decrease the coefficient of friction. Luxembourg nl Luxembourg fr. This site uses different types of cookies, including analytics and profiling cookies its own and from other sites to send you advertising in desmodromjc with the preferences you have shown while online. In contrast, desmodromic drive uses two cams per valve, each with separate rocker arm lever tappets.

Normally, the valve is operated by a “cam” systemwhich controls valve opening down-strokewhile the valve “return”, i. Servicing Duc valves isn’t appreciably harder than any other make, and they’ve gotten their adjustment intervals to a point where I feel they’re pretty reasonable relative to conventional poppet valves.


New Burlington Books, Copyright: Here you can find explanations of almost everything about your car and how it works. The combined weight of the mechanism and the energy needed to overcome the spring forces and added frictional forces means that a larger fraction of the engine’s available power output is being used for valve actuation.

The new Hypermotard SP is designed with sleek lines and surfaces: Second, the valve does not completely return to its seat before combustion begins. As such, valve springs would often break.

Understanding the Operation of a Desmodromic Valve

This section’s factual accuracy is disputed. The engine has to devote more work to opening the valves, and the increased spring pressure causes additional valvetrain component wear.

Archived from the original on May 25, Springs of old were very prone to metal fatigue and breakage, meaning that well-designed engines tried to minimize the strain put on these crucial aspects of the engines.

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That is, as the valve lifts, the pressure under the gas piston rises steeply, allowing valve return force to be very much greater at full lift than when the valve is on its seat. This is desmodro,ic at higher engine speeds because of a reduction in the aforementioned valve float.

Various techniques have been used to offset the effect desnodromic stiffer springs, such as dual-spring and progressive-sprung valves, roller-tipped tappets, and pneumatic valves in Formula One.

Naturally, there are packaging and usability constraints galore, but removing valve springs from the equation could make changing cam duration on demand possible. Currently, there is no method of determining longevity or extended maintenance intervals of such systems in practical, everyday, systems such as the automobile. This would allow an engine to run at a higher rpm then a unit with a conventional spring poppet valve. In a conventional four-stroke engine valves are opened by a cam and closed by return spring.

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Several F1 engine constructors prototyped desmo systems of their own Ferrari and Cosworth, for example but did desmodromuc pursue them. Joe is an journalist, who write primarily about politics in and around motorsport, specifically on the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.


Why did Ducati use this type of valve mechanism as opposed to a more tradition under the bucket shim design? Without Ducati, desmodromic valves would be a footnote galve history, rather than active part numbers available for order.

Why Does Ducati Stick With Desmodromic Valve Operation?

Retrieved from ” https: The desmodromic system avoids this problem, because it does not have to overcome the static energy of the spring. While the desmodromic system is not the most ideal in a practical world of mechanics, it still survives and performs without problem to this day.

This vaove in spring design removed valve floatthe initial impetus for desmodromic valve drive. Jean-Pierre Boudy, at Renault indevised an essentially massless spring that was immune to both metal fatigue and to the inertia-driven resonant coil vibration that drove it.

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This problem is caused by the inability of the spring to actuate a valve fast enough, simply due to its physical properties, which would increase drag and wear on dessmodromic engine. Multistrada means all the Ducati technology, performance and comfort, to live great adventures and travels at any distance on any road. On December 11,the Grand Prix Commission announced that the MotoGP class would switch to the 1, cc motor limit starting in the season.

The desmodromic valve actuation system that Ducati have some patents for is considerably different than the first desmodromic valve actuation systems that were invented and aforementioned. The future of desmodromic valves is DVT, but I think there’s more.