Diesel Trucks

the history and use of the diesel engine


Rudolf Diesel was the inventor of the original diesel engine. Diesel invented Diesel engine to oust the steam engine. The Diesel engine was slower burning and more efficient. Rudolf Diesel designed his engine in Pairs in 1885. Diesel engines are produced all over the world now. The original purpose was to create a more efficient engine than the steam engine, but during the early to mid 1900s it was looked at as an alternative to the gasoline engine during an oil crisis. Now the diesel engine is used in cars for fuel efficiency and trucks for added torque or towing force over a gas-powered truck. Diesel engines can be bought already paired with a vehicle or as a crate engine to replace an existing diesel engine or to retrofit a gas powered vehicle with a diesel engine.

Scientific Method

Hypothesis/Research Question: Design an internal combustion, compression ignition engine to not only be more fuel efficient and powerful than the steam engine, but to not waste heat and compression caused by combustion.

Experiment: Rudolf experimented with many variations of compression ignition engines. He was almost killed during the explosion of a ammonia vapor steam engine. He kept trying and eventually developed the Diesel engine, which is closely related to the “hot-bulb” engine, the Diesel just used higher compression.

Conclusion: The diesel engine has fulfilled its purpose as a strong internal combustion compression ignition engine. It is now used in cars for fuel efficiency and in trucks for more torque or pulling power.