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Parts and components of a heat engine

Parts and components of a heat engine

In this section we describe the different parts of a thermal engine. Of thermal engines have many types, however we will focus on the diesel engine and the gasoline engine (otto cycle).

Despite being different engines share many parts in common, so the scheme presented will serve to indicate the nomenclature of each element.

The most important elements of internal combustion engines, common to diesel and explosion engines, we classify them in two large groups:

  • Fixed elements of a heat engine: block, cylinder head, crankcase.
  • Moving parts of a heat engine:…

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Cylinder of a thermal engine

Cylinder of a thermal engine

The cylinder of an engine is the enclosure by which a piston moves. The cylinder name comes from its practically cylindrical form.

The materials used to make the cylinders are specific to each type of engine. The way of building and the chosen materials of the cylinder makes vary the performance of the engine. A cylinder made of a gray cast matrix with laminar graphite provides good sliding properties. A motor cylinder made of high quality alloys such as molybdenum, chromium, nickel and manganese, improves hardness and resistance to wear and corrosion.

Engine cylinders are characterized…

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Types of heat engines

Types of heat engines

The heat engines can be classified in many different ways. Then classify heat engines, taking into account six different aspects:

  • They Depending on where is combustion.
  • Depending on the fuel used and the type of lighting.
  • Depending on the movement of moving parts.
  • Depending on how realizes the cycle.
  • Depending on the number of cylinders
  • Depending on the arrangement of the cylinders
Types of heat engines depending on where combustion takes place

Depending on where combustion takes place two types:

Cylinder head definition

Cylinder head definition

Cylinder head, cylinder cap or engine block cover is the top of an internal combustion engine that allows the combustion chamber to close. It constitutes the upper closing of the motor block and in motors on it the valves are seated, having holes for this purpose. The cylinder head has a double wall to allow circulation of the coolant. If the internal combustion engine is ignited (Otto engine), it has threaded holes where the spark plugs are located. In case of being ignition by compression (Diesel engine) in its place it takes the holes for the injectors. The cylinder head is made of cast…

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Alternative engine

Alternative engine

The reciprocating engine uses the reciprocating motion of one or more pistons to convert the pressure into a working fluid. Generally this work is in the form of rotation movement, that is, we obtain mechanical energy. In the opposite direction we find ourselves with the rotating machines in which the movement of the parts of the machine is already rotating like the turbines or the Wankel engine.

The reciprocating engine is also known as a piston engine. The most common alternative engines are internal combustion engines. These thermal engines are widely used in motor vehicles.

The…

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Types of steam engines

Types of steam engines

Steam engines are mechanical devices capable of transforming heat energy into mechanical energy in a rotating axis. This heat energy takes advantage of the energy contained in water vapor at high pressure and temperature.

We consider steam engines all those machines that transform the thermal energy of a fluid into mechanical energy. In general, the fluid must be pre-heated and at the outlet of the steam machine it must be cooled to repeat the process.

Steam machines can be classified into these two types:

  • Plunger steam engine
  • Turbine steam engine

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Exam of the indicated diagram

Exam of the indicated diagram

What is the indicated diagram?

The indicated diagram is the diagram that represents the real cycle of a heat engine (a diesel engine or an Otto engine).

The actual cycle of a thermal engine reflects the effective operating conditions. These conditions are identified with the diagram of average pressures in the cylinder in correspondence to the different positions of the piston. The pressure shown in a mean pressure diagram is the so-called average pressure indicated.

Study of the indicated diagram

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Differences between the Otto engine and the diesel engine

Differences between the Otto engine and the diesel engine

The Otto engine and the diesel engine are two types of thermal engines. These are two types of endothermic engines that, through thermodynamic reactions, convert the internal energy of the fuel into mechanical work. However, there are certain differences between them.

The most important difference is found in its theoretical cycle. The Otto engine operates according to the Otto cycle by spark ignition while the diesel engine is controlled according to the diesel cycle by compression ignition.

The other important difference is in the ignition of the fuel. In the Otto engine the ignition…

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Diagram shown as a function of crank angle for a 2-stroke engine

The first figure shows a diagram of a typical indicated 2-stroke engine. We need not make a detailed description thereof will suffice to clarify some obscure points, examination of the corresponding path diagram as a function of angular displacement of the crank. This diagram illustrates the second figure.

Nor is there, in this case, correspondence between "time" and "race", for convenience of exposition we have matched the start of the two-stroke points that correspond, respectively, at the beginning of phase COMBUSTION , n at the start of the scanning phase.

A) First Half. Point…

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Crankshaft definition

Crankshaft definition

The crank shaft is the force that makes the whole rod-crank crank. Its function is to transform rotational movements in alternative movements (combustion engines, for example) or vice versa (Eccentric mechanical presses).

In the heat engine crankshaft collects forces originated during the explosion and turns through the rod, linear motion into rotary motion of the piston alternative. Transmits the movement and the driving force transmission elements that are coupled. Is subjected to bending and torsion efforts, and has a strong structure and very resistant. The crankshafts, which can…

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Advantages of the diesel engine

Advantages of the diesel engine

Diesel engines have several advantages over other internal combustion engines:

Advantages related to diesel engine fuel

The fuel of a diesel engine has a higher energy density and a smaller volume of fuel is required to perform a specific amount of work.

Diesel engines inject fuel directly into the combustion chamber, have no air intake restrictions other than air filters and intake pipes and have no vacuum in the intake manifold to add parasitic load and pump losses to push the pistons down against the vacuum of the intake system. Cylinder filling is aided by atmospheric…

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2-stroke engine, 2-stroke

2-stroke engine, 2-stroke

In the 2-stroke motors, the operating cycle is carried out in two races. The admission of the active fluid must be made during a fraction of the compression stroke, and the exhaust must be produced during a fraction of the working stroke.

For this to be verified, it is necessary that the active fluid be pre-compressed to be able to enter the cylinder and that the exhaust of the combustion gases be carried out by its own pressure.

The 2-cycle cycle was conceived to simplify the distribution system, eliminating and reducing the number of valves, and to obtain a greater power with…

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Cycles of the thermal engines

Cycles of the thermal engines

The operating system of the thermal engines is based on a cycle that is constantly repeated. In the case of internal combustion engines this cycle consists of the fuel input (admission), combustion of the fuel, expansion of the cylinder and expulsion of the gases produced. This cycle generates a mechanical movement, if the cycle repeats we will have a constant mechanical movement.

A thermal engine can work through many different cycles. In this section we will explain the different operating cycles that an internal combustion engine can have, the real cycles and the theoretical cycles.

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4-stroke engine

4-stroke engine

A four-stroke engine is a type internal combustion engine, an alternative engine. It can work both in diesel cycle and Otto cycle (gasoline engine). It is therefore a thermodynamic and combustion motorcycle.

The most important feature is that you need to perform four strokes of the piston or plunger to complete the cycle. During these 4 races the crankshaft makes two full turns. These four times are: admission, compression, combustion or explosion and escape.

In 1861, the German Otto experimented with his first 4-stroke gas engine. Otto had to abandon the project due to technical…

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Difference between real and theoretical Otto cycles

Difference between real and theoretical Otto cycles

Between the Otto real cycle and the corresponding theoretical Otto there are substantial differences. Some of these differences can be observed when comparing the diagram of the real cycle with the theoretical cycle diagram. The other differences that we are going to analyze refer to the differences between the temperature and pressure values of the two Otto engine cycles.

Differences in the form of the diagram

The difference in shape of the diagram between a real Otto cycle and a theoretical Otto cycle consists of a different profile in the expansion and compression curves, in…

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Pressure diagram for a 4-stroke engine

Pressure diagram for a 4-stroke engine

Next we analyze the diagram of the pressures of a real cycle as a function of the angular displacement of the axis for a 4-stroke engine.

Knowing the indicated cycle, the immediate thing is to draw the diagram of the pressures in the cylinder of the thermal engine as a function of the angular displacement of the crank, instead of depending on the volumes or the reciprocating movements of the piston. In doing so, we take into account the kinematic relationship that links the latter with the axis rotation.

The diagram related to a 4-stroke engine is shown in the figure. In the real…

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Real cycles of thermal engines

Real cycles of thermal engines

The actual cycle of a thermal engine is the one that reflects the effective conditions of its operation. These conditions are identified with the diagram of average pressures in the cylinder in correspondence to the different positions of the piston. The pressure shown in a mean pressure diagram is the so-called average pressure indicated.

The indicated diagram is the graph that represents this cycle.

Simplified operation of the indicator

The indicator is a device used to obtain the indicated diagram of a thermal engine cycle.

In the indicator of the indicated diagram,…

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Carburetor. What is it?

Carburetor. What is it?

The carburetor is the device that makes the air-fuel mixture in gasoline engines. To get the engine to run more economically and get the most power output, it is important that gasoline is in the best condition. To achieve an optimum air-fuel mixture, the carburetor will use various techniques.

The carburetor basically operates with the same principle of an airbrush. When the air is blown, crossing the axis of the spray pipe, the internal pressure of this pipe falls. The liquid inside the sprayer is consequently pushed into the pipeline and atomized thanks to the friction with the air.

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What is a piston?

What is a piston?

A piston is an element formed by two pieces: a piston that moves in a rectilinear alternative movement and a shirt or guide to which it moves. In principle, the piston has a cylindrical shape and is usually made of metal, although it could be of any material.

The guide is actually a cavity that can be integrated into a different part. It is part of the piston-crank-crank system that serves to transform rectilinear movements into rotary and vice versa.

Function of the piston in a thermal engine

In an automotive engine, the piston is traditionally called a cylinder. The cylinder,…

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Heat engine

Heat engine

Heat engines are a type of alternative engines. Actually, they are the most popular alternative engines.

This type of engine uses the thermal energy caused by the combustion of a fuel (usually gasoil or gasoline) to convert it into mechanical energy.

Heat Machines

The concept of a thermal engine is often confused with that of a thermal engine. These terms are related but not exactly the same. A thermal machine is a device or system that works by establishing exchanges of heat and work with its environment. To achieve this, the machine transforms a substance through a cyclic…

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Operating cycle

By operating cycle of a thermal engine we understand the succession of operations that the active fluid executes in the cylinder and repeats periodically. The duration of the operating cycle is measured by the number of strokes made by the piston to perform it.

In this sense, there are two types of thermal engines:

  • 4-stroke engine. In the four-stroke engine the cycle is carried out in 4 strokes of the piston. This engine makes a cycle every two revolutions of the motor shaft.
  • 2-stroke engine. The two-stroke cycle is carried out only in 2 strokes of the piston. Two-stroke…

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Compression ignition

Compression ignition

The compression ignition engine is the diesel or diesel cycle engine. This qualification refers to the way fuel combustion starts inside the piston.

In this type of motor, what enters the chamber initially is only air; the diesel is injected more or less near top dead center. The fuel enters the liquid state, but it is dense. The dense fuel must be vaporized, mixed with the air and reach the conditions of pressure and temperature appropriate to ignite. The time that this process takes is the self-ignition delay and limits the speed at which the engine can turn and, therefore, its maximum…

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History of the alternative engine

History of the alternative engine

A first example of the history of the known from rotary to alternative movement is the crank mechanism. The oldest manual cranks appeared in China during the Han Dynasty (202 BC-220 AD). Several sawmills in Roman Asia and Byzantine Syria during the III-VI centuries AD had a connecting rod mechanism that converted the rotary motion of a water wheel into the linear movement of the saw blades. In 1206, the Arab engineer Al-Jazari invented a crankshaft.

Piston motor

A free piston engine is a linear internal combustion engine, in which the movement of the piston is not controlled…

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History of the diesel engine

History of the diesel engine

The diesel engine was invented by Rudolf Diesel, in the year 1893. Rudolf Diese was a German engineer, employed by the firm MAN.

Rudolf Diesel studied high thermal efficiency engines, with the use of alternative fuels in internal combustion engines. Diese's goal was to replace the old steam engines that were inefficient, very heavy and expensive.

First steps before reaching the diesel engine

In 1806, brothers Claude and Nicéphore Niépce developed the first known internal combustion engine and the first fuel injection system. The two brothers tested systems…

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History of the steam engine

History of the steam engine

The first reference of the steam engine is found in the Hellenistic period. Then we talk about experiments to take advantage of the expansion of the compounds due to the change of the liquid phase to the gas (vapor) phase: in particular, the Aeolus cell of the heron. It is a hollow metal sphere filled with water, with the arms tangential to the outlet hole: when water is heated, it vaporizes and the water vapor that comes out of the holes, by rotating the ball itself.

You should also remember the attempts to use Leonardo da Vinci's steam with his car called the Architano. In 1606 the…

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