The Theory of the Gas Engine by Sir Dugald ClerkThe Theory of the Gas Engine by Sir Dugald Clerk

The Theory of the Gas Engine

bySir Dugald Clerk

Paperback | January 14, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1882. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... products of combustion, and their gradual combination as the temperature falls, and combination becomes possible. This takes place in any gas engine, whether using a dilute mixture or not, whether using pressure before ignition or not, and indeed it takes place to a greater exsent in a strong explosive mixture than in a weak one. The modern gas engine does not use slow inflammation (or slow combustion if the term be preferred), but when working as it is intended to do, completely inflames its gaseous mixture under compression at the beginning of the stroke. By complete inflammation is meant complete spread of the flame throughout the masB, not complete burning or combustion. If by some fault in the engine or igniting arrangement the inflammation is a gradual one, then the maximum pressure is attained at the wrong end of the cylinder, and great loss of power results. Compression is the great advance on the old system; the greater the compression before ignition the more rapid will be the transformation of heat into work by a given movement of the piston after ignition, and consequently the less will be the proportional loss of heat through the sides of the cylinder. The amount of compression is of course limited by the practical consideration of strength of the engine and leakage of the piston, but it is certain that compression will be carried advantageously to a much greater extent than at present. The greatest loss in the gas engine is that of heat through the sides of the cylinder, and this is not astonishing when the high temperature of the flame in the cylinder is considered. In larger engines using greater compression and greater expansion it will be much reduced. As an engine increases in size the volume of gaseous mixture used increases as the cube, whil...
Title:The Theory of the Gas EngineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:January 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217613039

ISBN - 13:9780217613033