Throughout North America, diesel engines conjure up images of huge 18 wheelers and other large vehicles. They are more popular across the Atlantic, where they are commonly seen in cars. But why was the diesel engine invented and what separates it from gasoline engines? Rudolf Diesel invented the process after he heard about the problems with gasoline engines. When gasoline engines were first invented in the 19th century, only about ten percent of the fuel used actually moved the vehicle. The rest went to waste. Rudolf Diesel saw an opportunity to make a better, more efficient engine.
The Mechanics Behind Diesel Engines
Gasoline and diesel engines are very similar. Both are types of internal combustion engines designed to turn chemical energy into mechanical energy. This energy moves pistons contained in cylinders. This motion rotates the crankshaft which starts the wheels of the vehicle to move.
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 commuter vehicles that are powered by diesel. As people in North America become more concerned with oil prices, diesel is looking more attractive.
Maumelle Christian Brothers
If you own a diesel engine in the Maumelle area, take it into Christian Brothers for tune-ups, repairs, and maintenance. Our mechanics have been thoroughly trained to repair diesel engines.