Internal combustion engine with cylinder insert

  • US 6,439,173 B1
  • Filed: 11/17/2000
  • Issued: 08/27/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/17/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An internal combustion engine including:

  • an engine block having a head seat surface and a cylinder opening extending from the head seat surface into an interior of the engine block, the cylinder opening having a cylinder opening surface, and a cylinder opening cylindrical wall that is cylindrical about a longitudinally extending cylindrical axis and has a wall upper surface located at a recess depth below the head seat surface, the cylinder opening wall having a cylinder opening inner cylindrical diameter and a cylinder opening outer dimension such that there is a gap between the cylinder opening cylindrical wall and the cylinder opening surface; and

    a cylinder insert residing within the cylinder opening and having an insert upper surface substantially flush with the head seat surface of the engine block, the cylinder insert comprising a smooth cylindrical inner surface with a longitudinally extending cylindrical axis, and a stepped outer surface formed of three longitudinal regions, the three longitudinal regions including a first longitudinal region adjacent to the insert upper surface and having a first wall thickness, a second longitudinal region remote from the first longitudinal region and having a second wall thickness less than the first wall thickness, the second longitudinal region being received within the inner cylindrical diameter of the cylinder opening wall, and a third longitudinal region intermediate between and continuous with the first longitudinal region and the second longitudinal region, the third longitudinal region having a third wall thickness intermediate between the first wall thickness and the second wall thickness.

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