Diesel engines are widely recognized as the force behind gigantic 18-wheelers and farming equipment. They are also used in many European vehicles, such as Mercedes and VWs. Why was the diesel engine created? Rudolf Diesel explored the topic of combustible engines after he heard about the inefficiencies of gasoline engines. When gasoline engines were first invented in the 1800s, only about ten percent of the fuel used actually moved the vehicle. The rest was wasted. Diesel wanted to make a better engine.
How Do Diesel Engines Work?
Diesel and gasoline engines aren’t too different. Both are forms of internal combustion engines designed to turn 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 start to move.
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 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 common 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.
Christian Brothers of Richmond
Do you own a vehicle with a diesel engine in Richmond? Bring it to Christian Brothers. Our mechanics have extensive experience with diesel engines.