Reciprocating engine

Reciprocating engine, Engine utilising one or more reciprocating pistons..

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A reciprocating engine, also often known as a piston engine, is typically a heat engine (although there are also pneumatic and hydraulic reciprocating engines) that uses one or more reciprocating pistons to convert pressure into a rotating motion. This article describes the common features of all types. The main types are: the internal combustion engine, used extensively in motor vehicles; the steam engine, the mainstay of the Industrial Revolution; and the niche application Stirling engine. Internal combustion engines are further classified in two ways: either a spark-ignition (SI) engine, where the spark plug initiates the combustion; or a compression-ignition (CI) engine, where the air within the cylinder is compressed, thus heating it, so that the heated air ignites fuel that is injected then or earlier. Common features in all types There may be one or more pistons.

Rotary engine
6 months ago

Rotary engine ... delivered power very smoothly because (relative to the engine mounting point) there are no reciprocating parts, and the relatively large rotating mass of the...

Wankel engine
6 months ago

Wankel engine ... convert pressure into rotating motion. Compared to the reciprocating piston engine, the Wankel engine has more uniform torque and less vibration and, for...

Reciprocating motion
5 months ago

Reciprocating motion ... motion into reciprocating motion, or conversely turn reciprocating motion into circular motion. For example, inside an internal combustion engine (a type...

Steam engine
6 months ago

Steam engine ... requiring far less maintenance) than reciprocating steam engines. In recent decades, reciprocating Diesel engines, and gas turbines, have almost entirely...

Engine balance
2 months ago

Engine balance ... Engine balance refers to how the forces (resulting from combustion or rotating/reciprocating components) are balanced within an internal combustion engine...

Internal combustion engine
4 months ago

Internal combustion engine ... combustion engine that is installed in the hull is referred to as an engine, but the engines that sit on the transom are referred to as motors. Reciprocating piston...

Pistonless rotary engine
6 months ago

Pistonless rotary engine ... A pistonless rotary engine is an internal combustion engine that does not use pistons in the way a reciprocating engine does. Designs vary widely but...

Aircraft engine
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Aircraft engine ... push-pull twin-engine airplane, engine No. 1 is the one at the front of the fuselage, while engine No. 2 is aft of the cabin. Aircraft reciprocating (piston)...

Airplane
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Airplane ... commonly used for aircraft engines before gas turbine engines became predominant. An inline engine is a reciprocating engine with banks of cylinders, one...

Radial engine
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Radial engine ... The radial engine is a reciprocating type internal combustion engine configuration in which the cylinders "radiate" outward from a central crankcase like...

Cylinder (engine)
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Inline engine (aeronautics)
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Gas turbine
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Engine efficiency
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Cam engine
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Stirling engine
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Crosshead
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Turbo-compound engine
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Gas-fired power plant
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