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Old 03-12-2016, 12:47 PM
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This is incorrect. The mag drive ratio of a 540 is 1:2, same as the 320/360. Also, Elctroaire at one time did have a mag hole reluctor set up for the 540...a buddy mine used to have them installed on his Glassair III. He switched to Lightspeed after experiencing multiple reluctor unit failures.

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I suffered multiple pick up failures with an Electroair reluctor on the crank nose. The pickup mount on the nose was nothing worthy of an aircraft application. So I looked at making my own mag hole mount setup using a Slick mag for a bearing and shaft housing. Perhaps wrongly I concluded that it could not be done but Electroair told me the same thing. Now I will need to do some detailed study. Humble pie again.
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Old 03-12-2016, 02:27 PM
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This is incorrect. The mag drive ratio of a 540 is 1:2, same as the 320/360. Also, Elctroaire at one time did have a mag hole reluctor set up for the 540...a buddy mine used to have them installed on his Glassair III. He switched to Lightspeed after experiencing multiple reluctor unit failures.

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Reference #1: PDF Page 2-5 of the 1970 Lycoming Overhaul Manual shows a typical 6 cyl. gear train diagram. The Mags spin at 1.5 X the crankshaft RPM.

A couple of diagrams above shows the typical 4 cyl. gear train with the mags at 1:1 with the crank shaft RPM
Link is Here: http://www.expaircraft.com/PDF/Lycoming-OH-Manual.pdf

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An RV-10 Builder's Log: RV-10 IO-540 Ignition System Decision
buildingrv10.blogspot.com/.../rv-10-io-540-ignition-system-decision.html‎
27 Mar 2013 ... The IO-540-D4A5 260hp engines are shipped with: .... Most of the time, mag timing (fixed) will fire before or after an .... The 540 has a 1.5:1 drive ratio on the mags, which is different than the 1:1 ratio of the 4-cyl engines.”

It would look like a normal IO 540 can not use a Mag Hole Electroair 60-2 reluctor / pickup assembly because the mag drives are spinning 1.5 X faster than the crankshaft. That agrees with what I was told about 6 years ago.

Thankfully Dan Horton, Kirk Harrel and Frank from Quebec have put the E back into Experimental using the Ford 10 degree pitch spacing / 36-1 tooth reluctor wheel.
Thanks to Megajolt and Ford for making home brew ignitions much more within grasp for the average guy. I have an old 8N Ford tractor used for a tug that is soon going to have a modern ignition thanks to this thread!

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Old 03-12-2016, 07:04 PM
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This is the other approach to a timing signal, a large tab wheel and stock Ford pickups, as installed on Kirk Harrel's Mustang. In this photo the second pickup is not plugged in, as he is using one Bendix mag while building hours with the EDIS installation.

Just moving the artwork back on display where it belongs
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Old 03-12-2016, 09:42 PM
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This is incorrect. The mag drive ratio of a 540 is 1:2, same as the 320/360. Also, Elctroaire at one time did have a mag hole reluctor set up for the 540...a buddy mine used to have them installed on his Glassair III. He switched to Lightspeed after experiencing multiple reluctor unit failures.

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Don't know anything about the 540, but the 320/360 Mags spin at crankshaft speed, not 1:2. The mag produce 2 spark events per rotation (at 1:2 it would require 4 spark events). The rotor shaft has separate internal 2:1 gearing that spins the rotor at half the speed of the mag. Simply looking at the gearing show the crank and mag gears are the same size, which creates a 1:1, regardless of the idler gear size.
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:54 PM
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The sixes magneto are overdriven 1 to 1.5 from the crank and then underdriven 3 to 1 for the rotor.
This way the magnets north-south poles are inverted and therefore producing electricity every 120 degress of crank rotation wich is what's needed for a 6 cylinder and the rotor is turning at the required half crank speed.
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Old 03-13-2016, 01:21 AM
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Don't know anything about the 540, but the 320/360 Mags spin at crankshaft speed, not 1:2. The mag produce 2 spark events per rotation (at 1:2 it would require 4 spark events). The rotor shaft has separate internal 2:1 gearing that spins the rotor at half the speed of the mag. Simply looking at the gearing show the crank and mag gears are the same size, which creates a 1:1, regardless of the idler gear size.
Bonehead reply on my part. You're right, I completely forgot about the internal gear reduction for the rotor on the mags.

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Old 03-13-2016, 07:38 AM
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Electroair has a new mag timing housing for the pickup. I have it installed in the IO-540 in the RV10.

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Old 03-13-2016, 07:49 AM
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Very interesting thread...experimental aviation at its best.
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:55 AM
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A dual crank-triggered EDIS system, like another other, require two pickups. With small Hall effect sensors and flywheel-mounted magnets, they are usually stacked along a radial, one outboard of the other. That approach is tricky with reluctors. One, the reluctors themselves are generally larger, so it is easy to run out of space. Two, the tooth width should match the width of the magnetic tip of the reluctor. That makes for interesting machining.

Look closely below. The second reluctor (currently not plugged in) is offset 1-1/2 teeth from the first reluctor, or 15 degrees.

The Ford EDIS module is hard-coded to provide fixed 10 BTDC timing above 400~500 RPM.

Kirk was very clever here. Combine the 15 degree offset and the 10 degree built in EDIS module advance, and he has a 25 degree advance. The result is a fixed timing electronic ignition without using a Megajolt controller...just a pickup, EDIS module, and coil pack.

Note that he can still incorporate a Megajolt and have variable timing on that second ignition if desired. All he needs to do is enter timing map values 15 degrees less than the desired values. For example, if 32 BTDC is desired at cruise MP and RPM, he would enter 17.

And yes, my friend Kirk is an experimenter.

http://www.experimentalairplane.com/kirk.html

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Old 03-13-2016, 12:50 PM
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Dan;
I like that idea.
I had considered a 2 mag pickup arrangement with a manual switch for TDC when starting, and 25 BTDC when running with a 10 degree retard for idle. No MegaJolt.
With Kirk's idea,you get both the start 'retard' and MegaJolt control, with a 25 BTDC fixed option if the MegJolt fails.
If this was powered by a Permanent Magnet alternator driven off the vacuum pad you would have total redundancy and modern control, finally exceeding the classic magneto in all regards? (except dead battery hand prop starting)
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