In This Update: Start cart back in top condition; Hydraulic system serviced; Load sensors installed and tested
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Lots of visitors and team members today: Les Holm, Lars Pedersen, Steve Rima, Ed Shadle, Von Armstrong, Ed Shadle, Steve Wallace, Sean Rondestvedt, Ken Broyles, Brittney Freer, Corey Dawson, Dave Selby, Jackson Kinney, Omar Chramosta
Visitors included Ray Dalay, a friend of Ken Broyles, who came with Ken to see the car. Other first time visitors were Jackson’s mom, Jo Kummerle, and his long time friend since early grade school, Mike Knudsen.
Dave and Corey came in again this week to survey the start cart and run another engine test. After doing some bench maintenance on an air flow valve, the cart was wheeled outside the shop, ear plugs issued all around, and they let the roar begin. The huge volume of air necessary to start our jet car engine was produced with no problem. Another electrical ground issue was corrected and the cart generated a higher voltage level than it has in the past. All in all, the gauges and dials made everybody more than happy.
Les, Sean, and Ed had their attention on the hydraulic system. The portable oil pump and the nitrogen bottle were used to pressurize the lines and to assure that there were no air bubbles and that the system was pressure balanced. A different gas valve from the nitrogen tank will be changed out to complete the task.
With the hydraulic work done, the car was raised from the jack blocks and lowered so that all five wheels were on the floor. Wallace and Rima completed the installation of load sensors that measure the down force weight of the car at various points over the length of the fuselage to the rear axle. The exact weight distribution was determined at given points. The sensors are so discriminate that a half paper cup of coffee set down on the rear axle will register the change on a meter. That is whatcha call fine tuned measurement. David Fiola dropped by to take some measurements for a new air bag system he is building.
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