Dr Jiulin Teng

Welcome! I am Dr Jiulin Teng. Over the years, I have developed insights into a number of issues of popular interest. A photography enthusiast, I have also captured photos of places and people that tell stories. This website is dedicated to my thoughts and my photos.
Dr Jiulin Teng
Cover for post Park [May 2024]
17 Jun 2024
Park [May 2024]
Here are a few shots from a couple of strolls in a park nearby during the month of May 2024. Enjoy!
Cover for post Tianjin [April 2024]
16 Jun 2024
Tianjin [April 2024]
These are a few select shots from the city of Tianjin in April 2024. The city is best known for not changing in a time of change, and as far as I could see nothing had changed in the preceding months.
Cover for post Nikasil, Alusil, Lokasil, and Silitec: Cylinders in liner-less aluminium engine blocks
15 Jun 2024
Nikasil, Alusil, Lokasil, and Silitec: Cylinders in liner-less aluminium engine blocks
Today, we briefly examine the three main types of liner-less cylinder treatment methods that originated from Germany, Nikasil, Alusil, and Lokasil, and their variants.
Cover for post Panshan [April 2024]
14 Jun 2024
Panshan [April 2024]
This album is a selection of photos taken on a hike on Panshan in April 2024 on one of the rare clear days of the season. This was after the winner had fully passed, and we see a good combination of greenary and the relatively barren mountains.
Cover for post Economic Cycle in Planned Economies
13 Jun 2024
Economic Cycle in Planned Economies
There is a popular myth that planned economies do not have economic cycles. This goes against well-documented deep, lasting recessions that preceded the downfall of the Eastern Block. Today, I try to set the record straight as concisely as possible.
Cover for post Photos from a stroll in a park in March 2024
11 Jun 2024
Photos from a stroll in a park in March 2024
Here are a few shots taken on a stroll in a park in March 2024. While the winter was over, spring had not arrived. Even though the day was mild, what we see in these photos are still what lingers from the cold and some early greens here and there.
Cover for post Mercedes M156 vs Maserati F136Y (4.7) vs BMW S65, Iconic Designs Compared
30 May 2024
Mercedes M156 vs Maserati F136Y (4.7) vs BMW S65, Iconic Designs Compared
Today, I compare the Mercedes-AMG M156 6.2L V8, the Maserati F136Y 4.7L V8, and the BMW S65B40 4.0L V8 across seven aspects. These engines use equivalent technologies but differ appreciably in their design goals.
Cover for post Autonomous Driving: Three Major Safety Concerns
28 May 2024
Autonomous Driving: Three Major Safety Concerns
Self-driving cars have three major safety concerns: algorithm and computing power, electronics equipment, and network security. Today, I briefly explain each of them.
Cover for post Nissan VR38DETT vs Alfa Romeo 690T (Quadrifoglio): Iconic Designs Compared
25 May 2024
Nissan VR38DETT vs Alfa Romeo 690T (Quadrifoglio): Iconic Designs Compared
Today, I compare the design of the Nissan VR38DETT found in the R35 GT-R and the Alfa Romeo 690T found in Quadrifoglio models along six aspects: engine block, bank angle & crankshaft, oil pump, displacement & stroke ratio, fuelling, and valve timing.
Cover for post S58 vs 2JZ: Iconic Engine Designs Compared
21 May 2024
S58 vs 2JZ: Iconic Engine Designs Compared
Today, I compare the designs of the BMW S58B30 and of the Toyota 2JZ-GTE in eight aspects from the bottom up, including block, bearing, oil pump, stroke ratio, piston and conrod, fuelling, air flow, and valve timing.
Cover for post Five Modern High Gear-Count RWD Automatic Transmissions: Similarities and Differences
19 May 2024
Five Modern High Gear-Count RWD Automatic Transmissions: Similarities and Differences
Today, I compare five modern high gear-count RWD automatic transmissions in terms of their similarities and differences in design. They are Aisin’s 8-speed, Ford-GM 10-speed, Hyundai 8-speed, Mercedes 9G-Tronic, and ZF 8HP.
Cover for post Ranking Six V8 Diesel Engines in Passenger Cars Made This Century
17 May 2024
Ranking Six V8 Diesel Engines in Passenger Cars Made This Century
Today, I rank six V8 diesel engines made this century for passenger cars. This means no truck engines.
Cover for post Nine Most Stunning Post-War American Sedans
15 May 2024
Nine Most Stunning Post-War American Sedans
Today, I talk about nine of the most stunning post-war American sedans judged by me ordered by the cars' production years.
Cover for post The Most Stunning Post-War European Sedans
08 May 2024
The Most Stunning Post-War European Sedans
Today, I briefly talk about each of the twelve most stunning post-war European sedans judged by me.
Cover for post Ranking Twelve-Cylinder Engines in Series Production This Century
06 May 2024
Ranking Twelve-Cylinder Engines in Series Production This Century
Today, I rank ten 12-cylinder engines from six manufacturers that have been in series production this century.
Cover for post Ranking All Six V10 Engines Ever in Production for Road Cars
30 Apr 2024
Ranking All Six V10 Engines Ever in Production for Road Cars
Today, I rank all six (or eight) V10 engines ever in production for use in road cars.