The Invention of the Diesel Engine
Throughout the United States, diesel engines bring up images of huge 18 wheelers and and other large vehicles. Diesel engines are more widely used across the Atlantic, where they are commonly seen in cars. Why was the diesel engine created? Rudolf Diesel explored the topic of combustible engines after he heard about the problems with gasoline engines. When gasoline engines were first invented in 1876, only about ten percent of the fuel used actually moved the vehicle. The rest went to waste. Rudolf planned on inventing a newer, more efficient engine.
The Mechanics Behind Diesel Engines
There isn't much of a difference between diesel and gasoline engines. Both are types of internal combustion engines made to change chemical energy into mechanical energy. This energy moves pistons contained in cylinders. This motion moves the crankshaft which creates the rotary motion needed to put the car in motion.
Small explosions 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 switch up the order of events. In a diesel engine, air is compressed first and then the fuel is injected. Diesel engines don't have spark plugs because air heats up when it's compressed.
Diesel Engines Today
In the United States, diesels are mostly found in heavier vehicles. Europe manufactures several models of cars that are powered by diesel. As people in North America become more concerned with oil prices, diesel is looking more attractive.
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