In this website we try to explain the operation of the main types of engines from a theoretical point of view. We present schematically the parts, operating cycles and characteristics of the following types of engines:
- The thermal engine or internal combustion engine. Inside the thermal engines we explain the gasoline engine (or otto engine) and the diesel engine).
- The electric motor. This engine has undergone a great evolution throughout history and right now is one of the most used types of engines and with more projection of the future. We will analyze direct current…
The heat engines can be classified in many different ways. Then classify heat engines, taking into account six different aspects:
Types of heat engines depending on where combustion takes place
- 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
Depending on where combustion takes place two types:
The development of the Stirling engine started with the aim of being an alternative to the machine of value due to certain advantages that it had with respect to the then popular steam engine.
Over time, certain disadvantages compared to internal combustion engines have left the Stirling engine in the background. Advantages of the Stirling engine compared to internal combustion engines
The main advantages of a Stirling engine compared to an otto engine, a diesel engine or a steam engine are:
- The maintenance facility
- They are quieter engines
The Stirling engine is an external combustion thermal engine. Originally it was conceived as an industrial main engine to compete with the steam engine, but in practice, for more than a century it was only used for domestic applications and for low power engines.
The Stirling engine was invented in 1816 by Robert Stirling, a Scottish priest. One of the concerns of the time was the safety of steam engines. Stirling's goal was to get a less dangerous engine than the steam engine.
The operation of the Stirling engine is based on the expansion and contraction of a gas that can be…
The most important difference between the gasoline engine (known as the otto engine) and the diesel engine is found in its theoretical cycle. The spark ignition engine operates according to the otto cycle and the compression ignition cycle according to the diesel cycle.
The other important difference is in the ignition: in the gasoline engine otto the ignition is made by the spark caused by the spark plug, while in the diesel engine, the ignition is made by the compression of the fuel.
At the mechanical level, there are no major differences between spark ignition (otto) and compression…
Thermal 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. Thermal 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…
The petrol engine is a type of alternative thermal engine that works through the Otto cycle.
Due to the characteristics of this type of thermal engine it can receive several names.
Use of the petrol engine. Otto Motor
- Petrol engine. Due to the fuel used.
- Motor otto. Because it works through the otto cycle.
- Spark ignition engine. Due to the way to start the ignition of the fuel. The ignition starts through a guspira generated by a spark plug.
Most of the motors of motoring belongs to the category of petrol engines (otto engine or spark…
Diesel engines are also known as compression ignition engines. The diesel engine is a type of internal combustion engine that uses gas oil as fuel for the diesel thermodynamic cycle.
The actual performance of diesel cylinder thermal engines is between 35% and 40% and is widely used to propel vehicles.
Diesel engines can operate with 4-cycle and 2-cycle cycles. 2-stroke engines do not consume more fuel than engines with 4-stroke cycles, because the cylinder is swept with pure air and not with the fuel mixture. This is the reason why there is no loss of fuel through the exhaust.…
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…
Since the first developments of the alternative engine with the steam engine, its use has been growing exponentially. The appearance of internal combustion thermal engines has helped to accelerate its popularity.
However, the characteristics of the alternative engine entails a series of advantages and disadvantages that we intend to study.
From the first alternative engines such as the steam engine or the stirling engine to the current thermal engines the characteristics of this engine have varied a lot. Although the operating principle for the generation of mechanical energy is…
The applications where the value machine has been used have been changing with the passage of time.
Initially, since the beginning of the eighteenth century, steam engines have been used to power a multitude of uses. At first the steam engine was used as piston pumps. Subsequently, from the years 1780 began to appear alternative engines. With the alternative engines, the steam engines also served to give power to the factories and the industrial one. At the beginning of the 19th century, steam engines began to be used in transport by land and sea.
Steam engines were of great importance…