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Old 09 March 2006, 04:16   #1
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Marine Engineering - Outboard Motor Technology

FYI, If you are interested come along.

The IMechE Automobile Division (Essex Centre) would like to invite you to our next lecture on Wednesday 15th March 2006:
"Marine Engineering - Outboard Motor Technology"
For our annual departure from strict Automotive this month's lecture covers an interesting relation - Marine Engineering, and will be given by Mark Coleman of E.P.Barrus Ltd, on Outboard Motor technologies.
E.P. Barrus use Mercury and Mariner engines as the starting point for much of their conversion & modification work, and Mark will first give us an insight into the latest advances in the world of outboard motors, including how they achieve both more power from less cubic capacity and simultaneously meeting emissions (both 4 and 2 stroke) within the EU Recreational Craft Directive.
Barrus also modify engines for military applications. In a similar scenario to a tank engine, the Army & Navy don't always find approved fuel grades in every operational location - in a combat situation the engine still needs to function. Mark will tell us how Barrus get a spark ignition engine to run reliably on alternative and unusual fuels.
In another arena, Barrus also do work for the RNLI & other life saving & safety organisations. Here they modify outboards to become "inversion proof" so that should the boat turn over, the cylinder head isn't destroyed as the engine tries to compress the salt water, that would normally be ingested, and will also restart after self-righting.
Come along to the Towngate Theatre to see just how easy a life Automotive engines lead!
The talk is open to the public and both members and non-members are welcomed, so please bring along any friends or relatives who may be interested in this topic (no booking required) - there is no admission fee. If you have any further queries please contact Peter Olley on 01268 40 4621.
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Subject: "Marine Engineering - Outboard Motor Technology"
Speaker: Mark Coleman - General Manager - Special Products/R & D Divisions, EP Barrus Ltd
Start Time: Wednesday 15th March 7:30pm
Venue: Basildon Towngate Theatre, Pagel Mead, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1DZ (nr Westgate Retail Park).
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Thanks for the heads-up, Jason - sounds excellent, I'll almost certainly be there.
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No problem Phil, Bern and I will see you there.
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Basildon town centre after dark?

Take your flak jackets chaps
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Must admit, that did occur to me too, Alan! Might pack the 12-bore just in case
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Would really like to go to this, but not very feasible for me. A job in the design of outboard motors would be tip top for me!
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Would have liked to attend and meet Mark again but I am at Verado training in Belgium

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Basildon town centre after dark?

Take your flak jackets chaps
Alan,
hopefully we will be safe in numbers!!
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would fancy going, any others from the reading area fancy taking one car? i dont mind chauffering in my limo
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