Diesel engine Working


Diesel Engines is heavy automobile (similar to buses, trucks), stationary power plants, big industrial units, and ships generally function on diesel cycle or stable pressure cycle. It is launch via Dr. Rudolph Diesel in 1897. Diesel engines generally use heavy lubricates. Diesel engine is the mainly ordinary. In diesel cycle engines simply air compressed in the cylinder to a high pressure, temperature of this dense air become suitably high to ignite fuel. Diesel is inject in cylinder on the end of compression stroke which itself ignites suitable to the high temperature of the compressed air. It have no spark plug in Diesel engine.

Diesel engine ignition systems, such as the diesel engine and Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engines, rely solely on heat and pressure created by the engine in its compression process for ignition. The compression that occurs is usually more than three times higher than a petrol engine. Diesel engines will take in air only, and shortly before peak compression, a small quantity of diesel fuel is sprayed into the cylinder via a fuel injector that allows the fuel to instantly ignite. HCCI type engines will take in both air and fuel but continue to rely on an unaided auto-combustion process due to higher pressures and heat. This is also why diesel and HCCI engines are also more susceptible to cold starting issues, though they will run just as well in cold weather once started. Most diesels also have battery and charging systems; however, this system is secondary and is added by manufacturers as luxury for ease of starting, turning fuel on and off (which can also be done via a switch or mechanical apparatus), and for running auxiliary electrical components and accessories. Most new engines, however, rely on electrical systems that also control the combustion process to increase efficiency and reduce emissions.

Working of Diesel Engine: –

The power generation process in four stroke diesel engine is also divided into four parts. Each part is known as piston stroke. In IC engine, stroke is referred to the maximum distance travel by the piston in a single direction. The piston is free to move only in upward and downward direction. In four stroke engine the piston move two time up and down and the crankshaft move two complete revolution to complete four piston cycle. These are suction stroke, compression stroke, expansion stroke and exhaust stroke.

Suction stroke:

In the suction stroke or intake stroke of diesel engine the piston start moves from top end of the cylinder to bottom end of the cylinder and simultaneously inlet valve opens. At this time air at atmospheric pressure drawn inside the cylinder through the inlet valve by a pump. The inlet valve remains open until the piston reaches the lower end of cylinder. After it inlet valve close and seal the upper end of the cylinder.

Compression stroke:

After the piston passes bottom end of the cylinder, it starts moving up. Both valves are closed and the cylinder is sealed at that time. The piston moves upward. This movement of piston compresses the air into a small space between the top of the piston and cylinder head. The air is compressed into 1/22 or less of its original volume. Due to this compression a high pressure and temperature generate inside the cylinder. Both the inlet and exhaust valves do not open during any part of this stroke. At the end of compression stroke the piston is at top end of the cylinder.

Power stroke:

At the end of the compression stroke when the piston is at top end of the cylinder a metered quantity of diesel is injected into the cylinder by the injector. The heat of compressed air ignites the diesel fuel and generates high pressure which pushes down the piston. The connection rod carries this force to the crankshaft which turns to move the vehicle. At the end of power stroke the piston reach the bottom end of cylinder.

Exhaust stroke:

When the piston reaches the bottom end of cylinder after the power stroke, the exhaust valve opens. At this time the burn gases inside the cylinder so the cylinder pressure is slightly high from atmospheric pressure. This pressure difference allows burn gases to escape through the exhaust port and the piston move through the top end of the cylinder. At the end of exhaust all burn gases escape and exhaust valve closed. Now again intake valve open and this process running until your vehicle starts.

A diesel engine is also known as a “compression ignition” engine. Since the air is compressed to very high pressure raising its temperature and then diesel is injected in a very fine spray which causes the diesel to ignite and explode. Whereas a petrol engine is known as a “spark ignition engine“. Since a spark plug is required to ignite the mixture of petrol and air in the combustion chamber.

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