Throughout North America, diesel engines conjure up images of huge trucks and tractors. Diesel engines are more widely used across the Atlantic, where they are commonly seen in cars. Why was the diesel engine invented? Rudolf Diesel, a German inventor, explored the topic of combustible engines after he heard about the problems with gasoline engines. Gasoline engines, as initially conceived, were horribly inefficient. They only used 10 percent of heat created. The rest went to waste. Diesel wanted to make a better engine.
How Do Diesel Engines Work?
Gasoline and diesel engines are very similar. Both are types of internal combustion engines made to turn chemical energy into mechanical energy. Energy starts the up and down motion of the pistons. This motion moves the crankshaft which creates the rotary motion needed to put the car in motion.
Small combustions power both diesel and gasoline engines. Between gasoline and diesel engines, there is a difference in how those explosions happen. 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.
Diesels in the World
In the United States, diesels are mostly found in heavier vehicles. Europe boasts many models of cars that are powered by diesel. As diesel improves, it's becoming more and more popular in the United States.
Christian Brothers of Fishers
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