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First law of thermodynamics

First law of thermodynamics

The first law of thermodynamics, also called by extension, the law of conservation of energy, is a fundamental assumption of the theory of thermodynamics.

The first law of thermodynamics is a formulation of the principle of conservation of energy and states that:

"The internal energy of an isolated thermodynamic system is constant."

A thermodynamic universe, which consists of the system and its environment, is an isolated system. Energy is not created or destroyed, but is transformed from one form to another: energy can be transferred through the exchange of heat (heat…

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Advantages and disadvantages of the Stirling engine

Advantages and disadvantages of the Stirling engine

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
  • Stirling…

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Types of engines

Types of engines

A motor or motor is a machine designed to convert a form of energy into mechanical energy . An engine can be classified into a category according to two criteria: the form of energy it accepts to create movement and the type of movement it produces.

As a general rule, engines have an axle, which in rotary offset and through mechanical devices such as drive gears. The exceptions are rocket motors and linear motors . Nowadays, combustion engines…

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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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What is a motor?

What is a motor?

The engine is a machine capable of transforming a source of energy, which can be in chemical form (in the presence of a fuel), electrical or thermal, into a mechanical energy or mechanically continuous work, typically used in the field application purposes. with the propulsion of various types of vehicles.

In a philosophical sense, an engine is the organism that causes movement or change in other affiliated institutions: Aristotle spoke of motionless motor, a term also picked up by other philosophers, to indicate the cause of the universe, that is, the object or subject which (according…

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Endothermic engine

Endothermic engine

The endothermic engine, also known as internal combustion engine. The main characteristic of this type of alternative engines is that through the laws of thermodynamics it is able to take advantage of the energy contained in the fuel to obtain a mechanical work.

The endothermic engine is a type of alternative engine by the way of converting chemical energy into mechanical energy. The most popular endothermic engines are the Otto engine or gasoline engine that operates according to the Otto cycle and the diesel engine, which operates according to the diesel cycle.

Meaning of the…

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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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Bank of an engine

Bank of an engine

The bench is a generally metallic piece that supports a set of elements, whether mechanical or electrical.

In engines, the bench is the element that constitutes the lower part of the engine. The function of the bench is to support moving parts. In addition, it serves as a retaining wall for the lubricating oil. It is a very resistant element able to withstand the internal stresses inherent to engine operation.

Description of the internal combustion engine mainframe

The shape of a motor bed varies depending on the type of motor. In this section we will describe the bench…

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Stirling Cycle

Stirling Cycle

The Stirling cycle is a thermodynamic cycle that describes the operation of a class of equipment (generating or operating machines). The cycle describes the original Stirling engine that was invented and patented in 1816 by the Reverend Robert Stirling, helped substantially by his brother engineer.

The Stirling engine is an external combustion engine. This characteristic differentiates it from other types of engines such as the otto engine or the diesel engine which are internal combustion engines. Both engines operate according to the otto cycle and the diesel cycle respectively.

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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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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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Uses of the steam engine

Uses of the steam engine

The uses of the steam engine have been changing with the passage of time.

Initially, since the early eighteenth century, steam engines have been used to power a multitude of uses. At first, the steam engine was used as a piston pump. A piston pump is a hydraulic pump that generates movement in it by the movement of a piston.

Subsequently, from the years 1780 began to appear alternative engines. With the alternative motors a new use of the steam engine appears: to give power to the factories and to the industrial one. At the beginning of the 19th century, steam…

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Internal combustion engines, external and electric

Internal combustion engines, external and electric

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…

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Steam engine

Steam engine

A steam engine is a device that produces mechanical energy through the use of water vapor. In particular, thermal energy is transformed into mechanical energy by means of steam. Heat is typically produced by burning fossil fuels, particularly coal, but it can also come from wood, hydrocarbons or nuclear reactions.

Description of steam engines

An essential part of the system that includes the steam engine is the steam generator, or the boiler. In the boiler water vapor is obtained by the administration of heat to liquid water. The steam is then sent to the engine, which can be…

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Transport uses of steam engines

Transport uses of steam engines

Steam engines are used to power a wide variety of self-transport applications. These are a few examples:

  • Marine applications, naval transport: steamships, steam boats, steam yachts.
  • Applications of the steam engine in the field of rail transport: Steam locomotive.
  • Agricultural applications: used as traction motor for agricultural machinery. The first tractors in the sector were steam tractors.
  • Road transport: Steam vans, steam buses, steam tricycles, steam car.
  • Applications in construction machinery: Steam steamroller, steam excavator
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