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Marko created the topic: General knowledge final test two question two
Hi all just a quick question. To increase cylinder head temperatures on descent The answer states you add power and decrease the rate of descent by maintaining or reducing a speed which reduces heat loss. If you add power and decrease the rate of descent Wouldn’t you either speed up In a dive or start to climb by slowing down and adding power.
bobtait replied the topic: General knowledge final test two question two
The question is directed at the problem of 'thermal shock'. It's most likely to be the result of a long power-off descent from high altitude.
If a piston engine cools too rapidly during a long descent, the rate of heat loss needs to be reduced. If power is increased, more heat will be produced, and if airspeed is reduced, less heat will be carried away in the passing airflow. Both of those actions will slow down the cooling rate. Of course this would also result in a reduction in the rate of descent which would just have to be accepted.
In general aviation it could occur in parachute dropping operations, The piston-engine aircraft climbs at max rate to 14.000 ft, the jumpers exit and the aircraft makes a rapid power-off descent. This causes very rapid cooling of the cylinders that may eventually lead to cracked cylinders and/or valve damage.