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Fun with math: determine engine displacement
Fun with math: determine engine displacement
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Default Fun with math: determine engine displacement

Determine displacement (D) of your engine…

D=π/4 (B)2 x S x N

Where D= displacement
N=number of cylinders

Example: six cylinder engine with a 3.5 inch bore and a 3.75 inch stroke.

D = π/4 (3.5)2 x 3.75 x 6 = 216.4753688 Cubic Inches (or just 216.5 rounded)

That's great for inches, but what about liters?

For metric units (liters) we must convert measurements to mm (or record them directly in mm), then convert cubic mm to cubic centimeters (if you want to know the CC's of the engine) then finally to liters if you want to know that.

There are exactly 25.400 mm in each inch. If you remember that, the rest is easy…

There are 1000 cubic millimeters in a cubic centimeter

There are 1000 cubic centimeters in a liter.

Therefore (using the same engine above, converting inches to mm):

D = π/4 (88.9)2 x 95.25 x 6 = 3547395.723 cubic millimeters
/ 1000 = 3547.395723 cubic centimeters
/ 1000 = 3.547395723 liters, or rounded, this is a 3.5 liter engine.

The above equation is fun if you have already or plan to over-bore your 'metric' engine. Even if you over-bore in inches (typically 0.010", 0.020", 0.030", 0.040" or 0.060" at most US engine shops) you can convert these numbers easily to mm, and plug them into your equation where the base numbers (numbers in engine manual or blueprint) are in mm. Simply multiply any inch measurements buy 25.4 to get mm.

Example, for a 0.020" over-bore, we simply add 0.508mm to our bore size (in the example above, that's 88.9mm) to get a revised bore size (89.408mm in the example) and a new displacement of 3588.053221cc or (rounded) 3.6 liters.

Wasn't that easy?
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By demonicdelsol on 06-24-2011, 10:10 PM
Default sir

you can also do it this way....
(pi)3.14159265x bore radius squared x number of cylinders. also on metric (mm) you have to convert to cm when you do it this way. so if your bore stroke is 86x86 on a honda k20, it would be

pi(4.3squared x 8.6) x 4 = 1998.2.... 1liter = 1000cc, honda rounds up. 2.0L
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