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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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Stirling engine applications

Stirling engine applications

The Stirling engine applications can be divided into three main categories:

  • Mechanical propulsion
  • Heating and cooling
  • Power generation systems

A Stirling engine is a thermal engine that works by cyclic compression and expansion of air or other gas, the working fluid. During the Stirling cycle there is a net conversion of heat to mechanical work. The Stirling cycle engine also operates in reverse, using a mechanical energy input to drive the heat transfer in a reverse direction (ie, a heat pump or refrigerator).

Generation of electrical energy…

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Joule effect

Joule effect

The Joule effect, also called Joule's law, is the thermal manifestation of electrical resistance. If electricity circulates in an electric conductor, a part of the kinetic energy of the electrons is transformed into heat due to the shock that the electrons experience with the molecules of the conductor through which they circulate, which increases the temperature of the conductor. It is named in honor of the English physicist James Prescott Joule.

Definition of the Joule effect:

The amount of heat energy produced by an electric current is directly proportional to the square of…

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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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History of the Stirling engine

History of the Stirling engine

The route of the Stirling engine throughout history begins in the early 1800s, in England. The hot air engines competed with the steam engine to provide mechanical power to the industrial machinery (in factories and mines) of the first industrial revolution.

Although steam engines had better characteristics than air machines, the air motor had the advantage of being less dangerous. This was due to the first realizations of steam engines suffered devastating boiler explosions. These explosions were due to the use of materials available at the time that were technologically poor.

This…

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Physical power motor

Physical power motor

Traditionally, when we talk about motors, we usually refer to internal combustion engines or electric motors. However, there are other types of motor. Among these types of motor there are the physical power motors.

The so-called physical power motors are motors that take advantage of the kinetic energy or the potential energy of some element.

An example of power motors is found in hydro power plants. In this type of installation the potential energy of the water is used, which, when it falls, becomes kinetic energy and activates a turbine. In this way, a motor,…

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Triphasic current. What is it?

Triphasic current. What is it?

Definition of three-phase current

A three-phase current system consists of three single-phase alternating currents of the same frequency and amplitude (and therefore, effective value) that present a certain phase difference between them, around 120 °, and are given in a certain order.

Characteristics of the three-phase current

Each of the single-phase currents that make up the system is designated with the phase name.

A three-phase voltage system is said to be balanced when its currents are equal and are symmetrically out of phase. When any of the above conditions…

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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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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 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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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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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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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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Stator of an electric motor. What is it?

Stator of an electric motor. What is it?

The stator is the fixed part of an electric machine. By electric machine we refer to both electric motors and electric generators. The moving part of an electric motor is called a rotor.

In AC machines the stator is generally in the form of a cylindrical tube, with a certain wall thickness. A based on stacked crowns of magnetic sheet with a toothed on its inner circle are formed the slots where the coils are housed. In the continuous current machines the stator is formed by a solid steel cylindrical frame. This frame has polar poles or pieces with corresponding coils attached to it.

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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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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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James Watt

James Watt

James Watt (Greenock, January 19, 1736 - Handsworth, August 25, 1819) was a Scottish mathematician, engineer, and inventor. Watt's inventions were of great importance for the development of the thermal engine and the steam engine.

Watt invented a control valve (which is still known as regulator "Watt", the centrifugal regulator) to keep constant the speed of the steam engine, he found a way to transform the reciprocating reciprocating movement of the plunger into a movement of continuous rotation of a flywheel. It introduced the "double effect", that is, the steam input alternately at…

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Asynchronous motor

Asynchronous motor

An asynchronous motor is an electric motor powered by alternating current. It is, therefore, what we call an AC motor. This type of engine is also known as an induction motor.

The asynchronous motor is based on the currents induced in the rotor from the rotating magnetic field of the stator. That's why it's called an induction machine. As to be able to induce an electric current in the rotor it is necessary that the rotor is subjected to a variation of the magnetic flux generated by the stator at the frequency of power, or synchronism, the rotor is demagnetized when it reaches the synchronism,…

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Universal motor

Universal motor

The universal motor is a type of electric motor that can operate both with direct current and with single-phase alternating current.

Its constitution is similar to that of a direct current series motor, although with some modifications:

The polar nuclei, and the entire magnetic circuit, are built with silicon iron plates isolated and stacked to reduce energy losses by parasitic currents. These currents occur because of magnetic flux variations when connected to an alternating current network.

It has a lower number of turns in the inductor to not magnetically saturate…

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Electric motor

Electric motor

The electric motor is an electrotechnical machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. That is, when the electric motor is connected to the proper power source, it begins to rotate, which also begins to rotate the machine or the machine associated with it. That is, it works inversely to the electric generator, which produces electrical energy with mechanical energy.

The electric motor was made possible thanks to the discoveries of Franz Ernst Neumann and James Clerk Maxwell. His discoveries were published in the years 1841 and 1873.

The electric motors can be…

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Stationary applications of steam engines

Stationary applications of steam engines

Within stationary steam engines we can sub-classify into two main types:

  • Steam engines with frequent stops and changes of direction: rolling rolls, steam mules, marine engines and similar applications.
  • Steam engines that give power. These types of engines rarely stop and do not need changes of direction. This type includes the engines that are used in thermal power plants, nuclear power plants and those that were used in pumping stations, mills, factories and to power trains and trams before the widespread use of electricity.

Steam mules are technically stationary…

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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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Advantages and disadvantages of the alternative engine

Advantages and disadvantages of the alternative engine

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…

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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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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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Advantages of electric motres

Advantages of electric motres

In some applications, doubts arise as to whether it is better to use an electric motor or to use a thermal motor. One of the important elements in making this decision will be to know the differences in energy efficiency.

Main problems of thermal motors:

  • Rising prices of fossil fuels combustibe (oil, coal, etc.)
  • Scarce projections of evolution in an immediate future.
  • Emission of greenhouse gases.
  • Not reversible, when braking, can not generate power.

Main advantages of electric motors:

  • You are a clean alternative if we…

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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:

Types of electric motors

Types of electric motors

The electric motors can be distinguished between them according to the type of power supply:

  • Electric motors of direct current. The DC electric motor can be, in turn, a permanent induction motor or a continuous induction motor. In addition to these more general classifications there are also other more modern types of engines such as stepper motors and linear motors.
  • Electric motors of alternating current. The AC motor can be classified as universal motor, synchronous motor or asynchronous motor.

The classic division is between direct current (DC) and alternating…

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Atkinson cycle

Atkinson cycle

The Atkinson cycle engine is a type of reciprocating internal combustion engine invented by James Atkinson in 1882. It is practically a common Otto cycle engine, but with a crank modified crank to obtain greater efficiency at the expense of a reduction in the power. The objective was to compete with the Otto cycle without infringing any patent.

In its original version, the Atkinson cycle requires a single rotation of the crankshaft to complete a cycle of operation, keeping the phases of the Otto cycle engine intact: intake, compression, expansion (useful phase) and discharge. However,…

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