WORK-LIFE BALANCE SHAFT
According to Audi’s technology portal, a pair of balance shafts can eliminate the free second-order inertial forces that detract from the mechanical smoothness of an inline 4-cylinder reciprocating engine.
The balance shaft is located in the crankcase, carries counterweights and counter-rotates at twice the speed of the crankshaft. The balance shaft brings balance to the force of internal combustion, so to speak. I could use one now to rebalance my editorialengine career and my everything else.
Because the oscillating motion of the pistons in my head gives me a lane-splitting headache, the connecting rods in my petrolpumping heart feel rather disconnected and my creative-thinking crankpins seem cranky. At some point on the long, winding and interesting road that took me from avid writer to angsty editor, my occupation became my main preoccupation.
Hopefully, you’ll be similarly engrossed when reading this well-balanced issue.