Group 13 - Honda Engine 1

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For this project, Group 13 will be reverse engineering an internal combustion engine from a Honda CBR F2 by dis-assembly followed by reassembly. This process will be consisting of documentation of the systems, subsystems and the individual components within the four-stroke motor.

Team 13 Contact Information:
Group Members:
  • Timothy Brady email:
  • Jonathan Berlad email:
  • Christopher Ayers email:
  • Ryan Nelson email:
  • Brandon Phillips email:

Executive Summary

During the duration of the Fall 2010 semester at the University of Buffalo, the MAE 277 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Practices class was divided into groups and given a project to complete. The project consisted of a manufactured product that involved today's current engineering practices. Group 13 was given a Honda Engine from 1994, more specifically the CBR600 F2. The goal of the project was to research the way the product, in this case the engine, was made and the engineering and design considerations behind it. Followed by a dissection of the internal combustion engine, breaking the engine and transmission into their subsystems, and even further into the individual components that made up the subsystems. The components were then analyzed and evaluated on their jobs and requirements within the product. The project was then wrapped up by the reassembly of the motor and further analysis of the engine and how its subsystems operate and how they work together.

The first section of the project was design to have the group analyze the motor. Mainly, why it was designed the way it was and how the intended design influenced the design considerations and decisions made during this process. The Honda engine was studied from all aspects, including the economy at the time of its marketing, the trends of engine performance and design of its competition as well as other aspects that played a role in the engineering of the CBR600. The second stage of the project was the complete dis-assembly of the motor. This gave the group a first hand experience of the deconstruction of the engine and a look as to how the separate systems connect and work with one another. This also gave the team a more specific insight into the design of the internal combustion engine, one of the most important engineered product in today's society. The third gate of the project allowed team 13 to examine the individual components of the internal combustion engine and see how they contributed to the design, and also why they were necessary for the parts to function. This gate revealed how complex engineering can be and how minuscule pieces need to be designed with great precision inside such systems. Gate three revealed that every part is carefully designed to perform a function and every part is important in the functionality of the final design. Among other parts of this project were the reassembly, this showed the group the time and precision that is necessary to create a product and just how exact everything needs to be in the final creation.

Another large contributing factor to the learning of the group with respect to the design and manufacturing process was the portion of the project were the team was asked what changes they could make to the product to improve it as well as design considerations of their own. The group was able to come up with ideas and brainstorming about how they would work and what was needed to make them happen, and how easily they could be implemented. This gave the group a chance to question the design process and further understand why certain decisions were probably made during the original design of the engine by Honda. The team, in coming up with the new ideas was probably asking themselves the very questions that most of the original engineers were asking during the design, giving the group a great example of what an engineer is faced with and what the type of decisions they need to make.

Project Sections:

Project Management:

The Project Management portion of the project undertaken by Group 13 over the Fall 2010 semester addresses the issues dealing with the team itself and organization, planning and work that team 13 needed to execute during the duration of the project.

- Contains a brief look at the work required, procedures and the projected schedule along with the issues and conflicts that were dealt with throughout the project.

Product Archaeology:

The bulk of the project consisted of the Product Archaeology. This involved the research of the product, as well as the background of the product and its creation. The other portion contained a dissection and study of the components. This was followed by a reassembly.

- Shows an overlook of the product, including profiles of its different aspects.
- Contains a detailed log of the process and dissection pertaining to the Honda Engine, including a step by step procedure of the disassembling.
- Contains a list of all the components of the Honda Engine, along with detailed information concerning them.
- Contains a detailed log of the re-assembly pertaining to the Honda Engine.