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The Internal Combustion Engine By Conrad Dieken Conrad Dieken Mrs Rose English 12-4 22 December 1999 Internal Combustion Engine The internal combustion engine in association with the automobile has shaped the way we live today Who could imagine life without the car Not very many of us could The world has become so very dependent on the automobile that many take it for granted People should ask themselves how a device such as the internal combustion engine could have ever been conceived let alone be efficient enough to propel a vehicle The invention of the internal combustion engine revolutionized the world A definition of an internal combustion engine is necessary for understanding the rest of this paper An internal combustion engine is one in which the combustion burning of fuel takes place in a confined space producing expanding gases that are used to produce mechanical power Columbia University Press This paper will be examining the different types of internal combustion engines and their applications in todays automobile industry The efficiency of todays internal combustion engines continues to improve while pollution and cost continue to drop David J Bak Most see this as a step towards better technology but others would like to take a radical new approach toward the design and operation of the internal combustion engine Bak 94 The most common internal combustion engine is the gas piston type It consists of a block with holes drilled in it These holes are called cylinders There may be numerous cylinders in an automotive engine In each cylinder a piston slides up and down One end of a connecting rod is attached to the bottom of a piston by a joint The other end of the rod is connected to a journal on the crankshaft The main shaft that supports the connecting rods and turns the up-and-down piston movement into circular motion which is connected to gears to drive the wheels of the
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