Who invented diesel engine?

Dr. Rudolf Diesel invented the diesel engine in the year 1897. He was mechanical engineer by profession and belonged to Germany. The diesel engine is a compressed–ignition engine that works with a piston which compresses air and injects oil-based fuel into the superheated air, causing spontaneous combustion of the fuel. The main advantage of this engine is that instead of using expensive petrol it makes use of cheap heavy oil and is fuel efficient.

Herbert Ackroyd- Straut was the one who invented this type of an engine in 1890 and the same was manufactured by Hornsby & Sons of Lincolnshire two years later in the year 1892. The engine had a major problem, the heat had to be supplied from outside to the cylinder head till the engine started to work properly. Another design for the same was made in 1892 which did not require supply of heat. A year later, Dr. Rudolf Diesel produced the modern diesel engine and worked on the same for next four years.

Diesel was born in 1858 in Paris, France. The early years of his childhood were spent in France but due to war in 1870 the family shifted to London. At the age of 14 he had made up his mind for becoming an engineer. He got scholarship and graduated with highest marks. He came back to Paris in 1880 and assisted his professor in designing modern refrigerator. He married in 1883 and was blessed with three children.

4 comments

  1. Mark · December 15, 2010

    I like this website, and I found this article informative, however – diesel engines don’t compress air and oil, they compress air and inject oil-based fuel into the superheated air, causing spontaneous combustion of the fuel. Other than that, great article!

  2. admin · December 15, 2010

    Thanks buddy the article has been modified. Soon we will add option so users can help us edit instantly using wiki system.

  3. Carson · December 15, 2010

    Mark the article didn’t say the piston compresses oil. It states that it injects it into the heated air. You just repeated what it said. Read it again.

  4. Martin Fryatt · December 15, 2010

    Dr. Diesel was allmost certainly murdered by German agents in 1913. One of the reasons was that he would not partake in experiments for the German government, for a new weapon of warfare callef the “Flame thrower”. However ,in 1916, on the Somme, the British openfired with six flame throwers, all built underground in total secrecy. These new weapons of mass destruction threw huge flames of over 100metres into the German trenches causing great death and destruction. The technology for these machines could not have been copleted and designed overnight ! It seems very likely that Dr.Diesel was actually working for the British !
    Martin Fryatt