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Engine & Fuel TechnologyThis page is dedicated to the engines of the past, present and future, and the fuels that did, do and will power them. No Pseudo-science, just the observation and quest for better solutions. See my new work at http://www.webconx.com/2000/enginetechnology/
Nicolaus Otto - http://www.invent.org/book/booksearch.asp?query=Lenoir&maxfiles=100
Rudolf Diesel - http://www.invent.org/book/booksearch.asp?query=diesel&maxfiles=100
Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir - http://www.cnam.fr/museum/revue/ref/r16a05__a.html
Robert Stirling was a minister of the Church of Scotland who was interested in the health of his parishioners bodies in addition to the well being of their souls. He invented the Stirling engine (he called it an "air engine") because steam engines of his day would often explode killing and maiming those who were unlucky enough to be standing close by.
Robert Stirling's engines couldn't explode and produced more power than the steam engines then in use. In 1816 he received his first patent for a new type of "air engine".
The engines he built and those that followed eventually became known as "hot air engines" and continued to be known called hot air engines until the 1940's when other gasses such as helium and hydrogen were used as the working fluid.
Robert Stirling was an active minister and inventor all his life. Perhaps his most important invention was the "regenerator" or "economizer" as he called it. This is used today in Stirling engines and many other industrial processes to save heat and make industry more efficient.
Dr. Ing. Felix Heinrich Wankel (1902-1988), Inventor and Developer of the Practical
Rotary Combustion Engine - Wankel RCE. Felix Wankel conceived the idea of a rotary engine in 1924. Wankel's first attempt to obtain a patent was in 1926 for a "grease turbine", but it was predated by an Enke design from 1886. In 1927 he made drawings of the shape of the "drehkolbenmaschine without uneven moved sections" or rotary piston engine and of sealing parts. He received his first patent in 1929 (DRP 507 584). He would continue to be issued patents for six decades. In 1933 he applied for a patent for a DKM engine, which he received in 1936.
How Steam Engines Work
Home made solar powered (butane is the working fluid) steam engine powering a alternator producing electricity. http://belizeone.com/BzLibrary/trust39.html
How Gas Turbine Engines Work
How a Car Engine Works
How Diesel Engines Work
Rudolf Cristian Karl Diesel was born on March 18, 1885. He was born in Paris, the son of an Augsburg Craftsmen. Diesel was surrounded by poverty almost all of his life, making for a very unhappy childhood.
Diesel started his education in Paris and spent most of his time in the museum of arts and crafts. The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War forced him to leave Paris and go to London. He later studied in Munich under the German chemist Carl Von Linde. He invented the refrigeration system used now in many electrical refrigerators. Diesel grew to become a very important engineer and inventor.
He attempted to find better ways to use steam as the working fluid in heat engines. Diesel eventually invented the internal combustion engine. He patented the engine in 1892, but did not have one fully rolling until 1897. He spent the rest of his life introducing his invention to the world. He had many problems with manufacturing, licensing and financial stability. On Sept. 29, 1913, Diesel vanished off a ship crossing the channel to England and his body was never found. Since his death the diesel engine has been very helpful in manufacturing and transportation.
How Rocket Engines Work
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