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CHAPTER 10 Diesel Engines

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Chapter 10, Pages 225-258 (doi:10.13031/2013.24131) in Chapter 10 in Engine and Tractor Power, 4th edition. St. Joseph, Michigan: ASAE. . Copyright 2004 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Mich.
Authors:   Carroll E. Goering and Alan C. Hansen
Keywords:   Comparison of Diesel and Gasoline Engines, Combustion Chamber Designs, Conventional Fuel Systems for Diesel Engines, In-Line Injection Pumps, Distributing Injection Pumps, Fuel-Injection Nozzles, Unit Injectors, Electronic Fuel Injection Systems, Bleeding Injection Systems, Timing Fuel Injections, Diesel Combustion and Smoke, Starting Diesel Engines

Rudolph Diesel intended his engine to burn the coal dust that was a useless byproduct of manufacturing in the 1880s. Although coal dust was unsuccessful as a fuel, Diesel was able to develop a compression-ignition engine that ran successfully on oil. Early diesel engines were large and slow and were used in stationary applications or to propel ships. The heavy distillate petroleum that was used as fuel was forced into the engines by means of compressed air.

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