The Diesel Engine

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The Diesel Engine


The Diesel engine was invented by Rudolf Diesel in 1897. This invention falls under the category of an internal combustion engine, an engine that combusts fuel by heat of compression rather than an introduced spark. Diesel engines are extremely efficient and are still widely used around today's world.

A Diesel engine uses petroleum oil as fuel which is combusted by compression rather than a spark. This engine supply's major amounts of horsepower and torque. The invention provided energy to ships, trains, and other large machines that were vital to the Industrial Revolution.

Diesels original engine was extremely large. Although the size was unconventional, it didn't really matter at the time. The engine replaced the even larger steam engine in machines while improving efficiency.

Diesel engines became more widely used when technological advancements allowed them to be created in smaller sizes. They continue to hold the title of most efficient internal combustion engine and provide a considerably greater amount of power than a regular gasoline engine. Diesel engines power the vehicles and machines which we use every day.

Rudolf Diesel


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