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  • 1.
    Dimkovski, Zlate
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design (MTEK), Functional Surfaces.
    Bååth, Lars
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design (MTEK), Fotonik och mikrovågsteknik. Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design (MTEK), Functional Surfaces.
    Rosén, Stefan
    Toponova AB.
    Ohlsson, Robert
    Volvo Powertrain.
    Rosén, Bengt-Göran
    Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design (MTEK), Functional Surfaces.
    Interference Measurements of Deposits on Cylinder Liner Surfaces2011In: Wear, ISSN 0043-1648, E-ISSN 1873-2577, Vol. 270, no 3-4, p. 247-251Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The accumulation of deposits in the honing grooves of the cylinder liner surfaces of internal combustion engines is undesirable as they seal the grooves (reducing their oil retention capability) and increase engine's oil consumption. As part of a long-term programme of truck engine development, after different running times and under similar conditions of load, engine speed and lubrication, a number of grey iron cylinder liners were axially sectioned, measured, inspected and a presence of deposits was discovered. These deposits were characterised in order to gain knowledge about their origin and quantities. The X-ray energy dispersive analysis revealed elements stemming from the oil/fuel (C, O and S), from the detergent (Ca and Mg), from the anti-wear additive (Zn and P), and from some contaminants (K and Si). Higher concentration of S and Ca were mostly found in the honing grooves covered with deposits suggesting a domination of the detergent additive. Deposit thickness measurements obtained by a white light interferometer revealed patchy deposit topographies concentrated at the top region reducing towards the bottom of the liner which was also confirmed by scanning electron microscope measurements. Despite the limitations of the interferometer, it has been shown that the interference measurements are sufficiently reliable for a quick and objective quantification of the overall deposit accumulation.

  • 2.
    Petersson, Linn
    Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science.
    Hur markegenskaper i produktionsskog påverkas av bök från vildsvin (Sus scrofa) i sydvästra Sverige2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A balance between large-scale and small-scale disturbance is important for maintaining species diversity on landscape level. Wild boar rooting contributes to small-scale disturbance when leaving patches bare of soil. Knowledge is scarce regarding their impact on soil properties in managed spruce forests in south-west Sweden. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the effects of wild boar rooting on soil physical and chemical properties, by taking soil samples from the centre, the edge and outside of disturbed patches. Rooting activities significantly increased soil moisture, organic matter, total N and pH but did not affect total P in this study. Areas with high number of disturbed patches had higher soil moisture and organic matter compared to areas with intermediate and few disturbed patches. These new soil characteristics can favour species diversity and ultimately increase productivity in managed forests. The results of this study indicate that wild boar activity contributes to more positive than negative effects in managed spruce forests and focus should therefore lie on preventing wild boar rooting in other areas more sensitive to this disturbance. It is also important to disseminate information and knowledge about the wild boar's positive and negative impact on managed forests in order to better prevent the negative effects and strengthen the positive ones.

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