Diesel engine manufacturing?
Now, the main reason they were doing this was of course the efficiency of the engine now diesel engines, run about a 30
Now, the main reason they were doing this was of course the efficiency of the engine now diesel engines, run about a 30% efficiency, give or take every engine is different. So we're talking if you're going from 5% to 30% that's a six-fold increase in inefficiency. Now, of course, the first models of the diesel engine weren't running that efficient but they were still 15 16% efficient so almost a three times increase over the steam engine. So, the very principle.
You could see had a lot of potential in it. However, it's a fairly complicated engine compared to a steam engine because you're just relying on a boiler, and then steam pressure. So, let’s theorize and talk about what makes up the diesel engine, and what you need for it to operate. So the basics of a diesel engine. We are going to theorize like we're going to have to invent. Our first compression ignition engine ourselves, none has been invented yet. Now one good thing about diesel, as opposed to a spark-ignition engine, is you do not need any sort of electrical inputs if you're not making a spark, you could have a fully mechanical diesel engine.
This would require no battery. Nothing electric would be strictly mechanical. Unlike on a gas engine where you always have a sparkplug. So you have this natural resource you have petroleum which makes diesel. And then you have all this energy. a gallon of diesel has about 35,000 calories in it, which compared to a gallon of milk. About 10 times as much so you have all this energy, and you want to efficiently use it to power a machine, and the machine you're powering doesn't really matter. It could be a piece of earthmoving equipment, it could be a car. It could be a train, which had been used for several decades machinery and manufacturing, almost limitless possibilities. So, how best to utilize this diesel fuel now diesel fuel is not easily ignited if you just pour it on a table, and put a match in black and white. You need to get it under pressure. So what if you put it in a can. Let's say you took a can. You took the lid off and this was a big steel heavy can. And you poured a little bit of diesel fuel when. And then you took up, pump, like a bike pump and it pumped it up, and you had to figure out a way than to ignite the fuel right, that's an issue.
Not only that, the diesel fuel, if you pour it in would just be in a puddle on the bottom, it's the best igniter when it's atomized when it's a mist. So you would need something where you're actually going to spray the diesel fuel in with it under heat and under pressure. Now if you take a can. And you pressurize it, let's say you take this same canister and you, you put a lid on it you pump it up with a bike pump and you create 800 psi of pressure in there. While compressing all those air molecules, initially is going to heat them up, because all the heat in those air molecules is going to be compressed.
And maybe that'll be hot enough to like this diesel fuel. Well, the downside to that is, once you're done compressing it. The heat going to start dissipating through the machine through the canister because really fast and then try to spray in your diesel fuel, with some sort of Mr or something under pressure, very rapidly. Now if you were to say do that quick enough, you could create a compression ignition explosion, which would cause the diesel fuel that is sprayed to ignite, and then compress it would burn up all the oxygen. But, where would the pressure go You would then just wind up with a canister under pressure that will then have a lot more pressure because you'd have an explosion that going on.
So you have a canister. And, but what does that do you've just created a bunch of pressure. While there's pressure, you need to harness that pressure. Remember the steam engine had steam pressure that was used to move things, so you need something that when you exploded, it would force something to move and moving this item. You could utilize the movement of that item as a machine and with that machine, you could do all sorts of stuff. You could put it through transmission through differential load turn your wheels.
It could be used on some sort of crop harvesting machine, we use in any sort of textile industries pretty much anything that could spin or rotate could be used by this machine. So you'd need to take that canister you had, and put a hole in the bottom of it. And then you'd need to fill that hole almost completely up with something that would move right now, what would you call that. Well, you would call that a cylinder. And the thing moving inside of it, you would call piston Now this is a piston. We decided with 32 away Caterpillar engine.