The Invention of the Diesel Engine
Throughout the United States, diesel engines bring up images of giant 18 wheelers and tractors. They are more popular in Europe, where they are commonly seen in cars. But why was the diesel engine invented and what separates it from its gasoline counterpart? Rudolf Diesel, a German mechanical engineer, explored the topic of combustible engines after he researched the problems with gasoline engines. Gasoline engines, as initially conceived, were horribly inefficient. They only used 10 percent of available heat. The rest of the heat escaped. Rudolf planned on inventing a newer, more efficient engine.
How Do Diesel Engines Work?
There isn't much of a difference between gasoline and diesel engines. Both are types of internal combustion engines designed to change chemical energy into mechanical energy. In all combustible engines, energy is created to move pistons back and forth within cylinders. The moving pistons causes the crankshaft to turn. The wheels of the car begin to move.
Small combustions power both diesel and gasoline engines. There is a difference, however, in how those explosions occur. Gasoline engines mix fuel with air that is then compressed by pistons and ignited by sparks. Diesel engines compress the air first and then inject the fuel. Because air becomes hotter when it is compressed, the process of compression creates the spark.
Diesel Engines Today
Diesels in cars, as mentioned above, aren't very popular in the United States. Europe manufactures several models of commuter vehicles that are powered by diesel. As diesel improves, it's becoming more and more popular in the United States.
Collierville Christian Brothers
If you have a diesel engine in Collierville, take it into Christian Brothers for repairs, tune-ups, and maintenance. We have been thoroughly trained to repair diesel engines.