|Working Of Connecting Rod|
A connecting rod, also called a con rod, is the part of a piston engine which connects the piston to the crankshaft. Together with the crank, the connecting rod converts the reciprocating motion of the piston into the rotation of the crankshaft. The connecting rod is required to transmit the compressive and tensile forces from the piston, and rotate at both ends. The connecting rod of the engine swings about the crosshead pin in 2 stroke engines and about the gudgeon pin in 4 stroke engines. The swinging movement is restricted by the crankpin bearing. The mass of the connecting rod sets up an inertial load in the transverse direction, which demands the connecting rod to be light in medium and high-speed diesel engines, mainly 4 stroke diesel engines. Thus, the connecting rods are manufactured in I or H sections to reduce the weight in spite of higher manufacturing costs.
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