Four-stroke engine

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Four-stroke cycle used in gasoline/petrol engines. 1 - Intake, 2 - Compression, 3 - Power, 4 Exhaust. The right blue side is the intake and the left brown side is the exhaust. The cylinder wall is a thin sleeve surrounded by cooling liquid.

A video montage of the Otto engines running at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion (WMSTR), in Rollag, Minnesota. A four-stroke engine (also known as four-cycle) is an internal combustion engine in which the piston completes four separate strokes—intake, compression, power, and exhaust—during two separate revolutions of the engine's crankshaft, and one single thermodynamic cycle.

also of Germany.There are two common types of four-stroke engines. .000 kW). when the piston is farthest away from the axis of the crankshaft. the compressed air–fuel mixture in a gasoline engine is ignited. Diesel engines are found in virtually all heavy duty applications such as trucks. Otto's company. ships. now primarily produces diesel engines.) 1. aircraft. (See Dead centre. Otto. after the fuel that powers it. heavy duty machinery. and in its original intended use as stationary power both for kinetic and electrical power generation. relative to the maximum volume of the cylinder.[1] It was the third engine type that Otto developed. combustion (power) and exhaust strokes that occur during two crankshaft rotations per power cycle. Today. It used a sliding flame gateway for ignition of its fuel — a mixture of illuminating gas and air.[1] after the operation principle described by Alphonse Beau de Rochas in 1861. INTAKE stroke: on the intake or induction stroke of the piston. The earliest of these to be developed is the Otto cycle engine developed in 1876 by Nikolaus August Otto in Cologne. compression. COMPRESSION stroke: with both intake and exhaust valves closed. 2. or just air in a diesel engine. 3. Germany. Deutz AG. The resulting pressure from the combustion of the compressed fuel-air mixture forces the piston back down toward bottom dead centre. which the Otto engine lacked. The diesel engine is made in both a two-stroke and a four-stroke version. is called the volumetric efficiency of the engine. The cycle begins at Top Dead Centre (TDC). The four strokes refer to intake. During the compression stroke the temperature of the air or fuel-air mixture rises by several hundred degrees. which had been unreliable on the Lenoir engine.[2] The second type of four-stroke engine is the Diesel engine developed in 1893 by Rudolph Diesel. Many of these diesel engine are two-stroke with power ratings up to 105. They are closely related to each other. The volume of air/fuel mixture that is drawn into the cylinder. the internal combustion engine (ICE) is used in motorcycles. Diesel created his engine to maximize efficiency. Otto also developed the magneto to create an electrical spark for ignition. power generation. There are several major differences between the Otto cycle engine and the four-stroke diesel engine. usually by a spark plug. the piston returns to the top of the cylinder compressing the air or fuel-air mixture into the combustion chamber of the cylinder head. increasing the volume of the cylinder. ships. the piston descends from the top of the cylinder to the bottom of the cylinder. POWER stroke: this is the start of the second revolution of the cycle. A stroke refers to the full travel of the piston from Top Dead Centre (TDC) to Bottom Dead Centre (BDC). or fuel is injected into a diesel engine. The Otto cycle is named after the 1876 engine of Nikolaus A. locomotives. The intake valve(s) then closes.000 hp (78. After 1884. While the piston is close to Top Dead Centre. automobiles. This engine is most often referred to as a petrol engine or gasoline engine. trucks. but have major differences in design and behavior. which ignites due to the heat generated in the air during the compression stroke. is forced by atmospheric (or greater) pressure into the cylinder through the intake port. who built a successful fourstroke engine based on the work of Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir. A mixture of fuel and air. and stationary power. boats.

2 Diesel cycle 2 Thermodynamic Analysis 3 Octane Requirements o 3.3 Turbocharging o 4. the piston once again returns to top dead centre while the exhaust valve is open.2 Diesel Engines 4 Design and engineering principles o 4.1 Power output limitations  4. EXHAUST stroke: during the exhaust stroke.2 Supercharging  4.4 Energy balance 5 See also 6 References 7 General sources 8 External links History Otto cycle An Otto Engine from 1920s US Manufacture .3 Valvetrain  4.4.1 Otto cycle o 1.1 Otto Engines  3.1.2 Rod and piston-to-stroke ratio o Contents • • • • • • • • 1 History o 1.1 Intake/exhaust port flow  4.1 Valve clearance o 4.1. This action expels the spent fuel-air mixture through the exhaust valve(s).1 Fuel octane rating  3.1.

they produced the first automobile to be equipped with an Otto engine. By 1876. Many other engineers were trying to solve the problem. then known as Gasmotorenfabrik Deutz (GFD). [4] In 1884. See Otto engine for more detail. NA Otto and Cie (NA Otto and Company). In his travels he encountered the internal combustion engine built in Paris by Belgian expatriate Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir. The Petroleum Reitwagen used a hot-tube ignition system and the fuel known as Ligroin to become the world's first vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine.[3] In 1872. The following year Karl Benz produced a four-stroke engined automobile that is regarded as the first car.[1] Daimler and Maybach left their employ at Otto and Cie and developed the first high-speed Otto engine in 1883. Lenoir successfully created a double-acting engine that ran on illuminating gas at 4% efficiency. He tried to create an engine that would compress the fuel mixture prior to ignition. Daimler was a gunsmith who had worked on the Lenoir engine. but failed as that engine would run no more than a few minutes prior to its destruction. In 1885.[1][3] In testing a replica of the Lenoir engine in 1861 Otto became aware of the effects of compression on the fuel charge. Otto and Eugen Langen founded the first internal combustion engine production company. Gottlieb Daimler was technical director and Wilhelm Maybach was the head of engine design. Otto attempted to produce an engine to improve on the poor efficiency and reliability of the Lenoir engine. The Lenoir engine ran on illuminating gas made from coal. with no success. The 18 litre Lenoir Engine produced only 2 horsepower. In 1862. Otto and Cie succeeded in creating a successful atmospheric engine that same year. Diesel cycle Main article: Diesel cycle . Otto's company. developed electric ignition and the carburetor. Germany in 1869 where the company was renamed to Deutz Gasmotorenfabrik AG (The Deutz Gas Engine Manufacturing Company). It used a four-stroke engine based on Otto's design. Today.Nikolaus August Otto as a young man was a traveling salesman for a grocery concern.[3] The factory ran out of space and was moved to the town of Deutz. Daimler and Maybach formed a company known as Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft. Otto and Langen succeeded in creating the first internal combustion engine that compressed the fuel mixture prior to combustion for far higher efficiency than any engine created to this time. In 1860. In 1890. that company is Daimler-Benz. [3] In 1864. which had been developed in Paris by Philip Lebon.

it took more than a decade to produce the high compression engine that could self-ignite fuel sprayed into the cylinder. Otto Atmospheric. and like Otto to get away from the requirement to be tied to a municipal fuel supply. and Otto Compression engines (both 1861 and 1876) were designed to run on Illuminating Gas (coal gas). Some BMW ship Diesels with ceramic insulation have exceeded 60% efficiency. The most efficient Otto Cycle engines run near 30% efficiency.Audi Diesel R15 at Le Mans The diesel engine is a technical refinement of the 1876 Otto Cycle engine. Diesel used an air spray combined with fuel in his first engine. Diesel wanted to create an engine that would give small industrial concerns their own power source to enable them to compete against larger companies. Where Otto had realized in 1861 that the efficiency of the engine could be increased by first compressing the fuel mixture prior to its ignition. The Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1. and is cheaper to make (although in some areas of the world diesel fuel costs more than gasoline). Like Otto. one of the engines burst nearly killing Diesel. These are four-stroke turbocharged diesels that dominate largely due to fuel economy and having to make fewer stops. Chief among the reasons for this is that it uses a heavy fuel that contains more energy. Thermodynamic Analysis .9 liter engine achieves 46%. requires less refinement. which ignites its fuel by the heat of compression is now called the Diesel engine whether a four-stroke or two-stroke design. The four-stroke diesel engine has been used in the majority of heavy duty applications for many decades. Rudolph Diesel wanted to develop a more efficient type of engine that could run on much heavier fuel. The Lenoir. He persisted and finally created an engine in 1893. Both Audi and Peugeot compete in the endurance races of the Le Mans Series with cars having diesel engines. During initial development. The high compression engine. With the same motivation as Otto. It uses an advanced design with turbocharging and direct fuel injection.

The idealized four-stroke Otto cycle p-V diagram: the intake (A) stroke is performed by an isobaric expansion. the analysis can be simplified significantly if air standard assumptions[5] are utilized. Octane Requirements Fuel octane rating Main article: Octane rating Otto Engines . performed by an adiabatic compression. Through the combustion of fuel an isochoric process is produced. which closely resembles the actual operating conditions. characterizing the exhaust (D) stroke. characterizing the power (C) stroke. is the Otto cycle. followed by the compression (B) stroke. The thermodynamic analysis of the actual four-stroke or two-stroke cycles is not a simple task. However. The resulting cycle. followed by an adiabatic expansion. The cycle is closed by an isochoric process and an isobaric compression.

Gasoline is a light refractory product and is called a light fraction. As a light fraction it has a relatively low flash point (that is the temperature at which it starts to burn when mixed with an oxidizer). The non-compression engine operated at 12% efficiency. the lower its weight and the less energy it contains. The compressed charge engine had an operating efficiency of 30%. As engine rpm rises the spark point is moved forward so that the fuel charge can be ignited at a more efficient point in fuel charge compression to allow the fuel to start burning even while it is still being compressed. If this occurs at the wrong time and is too energetic. In refracting petroleum. A Diesel engine can reach as high as 70% (Diesel's lab engine tested at 75. At low rpm this occurs close to TDC (Top Dead Centre). coal tar. it can destroy . We can see this in two Otto engines designs. oil shale. A denser working medium (the air fuel mixture) experiences a greater heat. rises on less when its molecules are more densely packed together. since this is the essence of efficiency in the compressed charge IE engine. It is separated by being heated and is extracted at different heights in the refractory tower. During the normal operation of the engine as the fuel mixture is being compressed an electric arc is created to ignite the fuel. The fuels used in four-cycle engines are typically fractions of crude oil. The higher the fuel vapor rises in the tower. there is a standard weight of fuels and products that are withdrawn and associated with a specific extracted material. This produces more effective power based on the rising molecular density of the working medium. or sands produced in a process called Petroleum Cracking. The ignition temperature of the fuel that is refracted is related to its weight. and can also be ignited by carbon deposits left in the cylinder or head of a dirty engine. VW TDI is at 46%). The problem with compressed charge engines is that the temperature rise of the compressed charge can cause pre-ignition. A fuel with a low flash point may self ignite during compression. In an internal combustion engine self ignition can occur at unexpected times.6% efficiency.A Refractory Tower showing the differing weights of various products. and therefore pressure.

Various techniques are used to start a cold Diesel engine. Design and engineering principles Power output limitations . High Octane fuel is also more expensive. As engines are designed with higher compression ratios the result is that preignition is much more likely to occur since the fuel mixture is compressed to a higher temperature prior to deliberate ignition. which extracts more energy from the fuel and more effectively converts that energy into useful work while at the same time preventing engine damage from pre-ignition. The description of how likely Diesel fuel is to ignite is called the Cetane rating. and progresses only to an appropriate amount based on engine rpm. and is factor in a higher compression engine being more efficient. The fuel is altered to change its self ignition temperature. Diesel Engines Diesel engines by their nature do not have concerns with pre-ignition. There are several ways to do this. Fractions of petroleum have widely varying flash points (the temperatures at which the fuel may self ignite). So there must be a standardized test and a standard reference system to describe how likely a fuel is to self ignite. As the engine revolves faster it can accept earlier ignition since the moving flame front does not have time to be destructive. The higher temperature more effectively evaporates fuels such as gasoline. The octane rating is a measure of the fuel's resistance to self-ignition. the most common being the use of a glow plug. they can be very hard to start when cold. the tendency for the compressed fuel mixture to ignite early is limited by the chemical composition of the fuel. In engines. Because Diesel fuels are of low volatility.the engine. This is determined by laboratory research. Higher Compression ratios also mean that the distance that the piston can push to produce power is greater (which is called the Expansion ratio). There are several grades of fuel to accommodate differing performance levels of engines. A fuel with a higher numerical octane rating allows for a higher compression ratio. the spark is retarded when the engine is being started. This must be taken into account in engine and fuel design. They have a concern with whether or not combustion can be started. In fuel.

The speed is ultimately limited by material strength and lubrication. can be removed. At high engine speed. valve springs cannot act quickly enough to close the valves. If an engine spins too quickly. and it can be done by hand or with a CNC machine. irregularities in the intake and exhaust paths. severely damaging the engine. physical breakage and piston ring flutter can occur. Supercharging . losses. Valves. whether it is a two-stroke or four-stroke design. To increase an engine's output power. which causes a loss of cylinder pressure and power. resulting in power loss or even engine destruction. pistons and connecting rods suffer severe acceleration forces. Piston ring flutter occurs when the rings oscillate vertically within the piston grooves they reside in. This limits the piston speed for industrial engines to about 10 m/s. At high speeds the lubrication of piston cylinder wall interface tends to break down. volumetric efficiency.The four-stroke cycle 1=TDC 2=BDC A: Intake B: Compression C: Power D: Exhaust The maximum amount of power generated by an engine is determined by the maximum amount of air ingested. oxygen content of the air and speed (RPM). Ring flutter compromises the seal between the ring and the cylinder wall. and it can result in piston to valve contact. Intake/exhaust port flow The output power of an engine is dependent on the ability of intake (air–fuel mixture) and exhaust matter to move quickly through valve ports. and. the radii of valve port turns and valve seat configuration can be modified to reduce resistance. The amount of power generated by a piston engine is related to its size (cylinder volume). This process is called porting. the calorific value of the fuel. with the aid of an air flow bench. This is commonly referred to as 'valve float'. such as casting flaws. typically located in the cylinder head. air-tofuel ratio.

the supercharger is always running. increasing engine life. by means of a turbine.One way to increase engine power is to force more air into the cylinder so that more power can be produced from each power stroke. Turbocharging A turbocharger is a supercharger that is driven by the engine's exhaust gases. Valvetrain . as the air has been compressed twice and then gains more potential volume in the combustion but it is only expanded in one stage. It also increases the cost and engine height and weight. and the other side that is powered by the exhaust gas outflow. The increased engine power is not immediately available due to the need to sharply increase engine RPM. Mechanically driven supercharging has the disadvantage that some of the output power is used to drive the supercharger. The increased intake volume causes increased exhaust and spins the turbo faster. When much more power output is required. and at low-to-moderate speeds. but there have been designs that allow it to be cut out or run at varying speeds (relative to engine speed). Supercharging increases the power output limits of an internal combustion engine relative to its displacement. Rod and piston-to-stroke ratio The rod-to-stroke ratio is the ratio of the length of the connecting rod to the length of the piston stroke. but there is a design limitation known as turbo lag. Turbocharging allows for more efficient engine operation because it is driven by exhaust pressure that would otherwise be (mostly) wasted. This can be done using some type of air compression device known as a supercharger. A "square engine" is an engine with a bore diameter equal to its stroke length. the turbine produces little power from the small exhaust volume. the engine speed and throttle opening are increased until the exhaust gases are sufficient to 'spin up' the turbocharger's turbine to start compressing much more air than normal into the intake manifold. A longer rod reduces sidewise pressure of the piston on the cylinder wall and the stress forces. which can be powered by the engine crankshaft. Most commonly. Another difficulty is that the higher exhaust pressure causes the exhaust gas to transfer more of its heat to the mechanical parts of the engine. high-speed turbine assembly with one side that compresses the intake air. An engine where the bore diameter is larger than its stroke length is an oversquare engine. to build up pressure and to spin up the turbo. It consists of a two piece. an engine with a bore diameter that is smaller than its stroke length is an undersquare engine. the turbocharger has little effect and the engine operates nearly in a naturally aspirated manner. When idling. before the turbo starts to do any useful air compression. and so forth until steady high power operation is reached. conversely. while power is wasted in the high pressure exhaust.

Dirty engine oil may cause lifter failure. The Mack Truck company. decades ago. new ways of engineering the traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) could have to be considered.000 miles (32. while the remainder being losses due to waste heat. This is necessary for emission controls such as exhaust gas recirculation and catalytic converters that reduce smog and other atmospheric pollutants. In 2005. In other engine designs the camshaft is in the crankcase. . A tappet between valve and cam is a contact surface on which the cam slides to open the valve. in which case each cam contacts a push rod. Some potential solutions to increase fuel efficiency to meet new mandates include firing after the piston is farthest from the crankshaft. Energy balance Otto engines are about 30% efficient. Typically. the clearance must be readjusted each 20.[8] In the United States. Many engines use one or more camshafts “above” a row (or each row) of cylinders. which contacts a rocker arm that opens a valve.The valves are typically operated by a camshaft rotating at half the speed of the crankshaft. The overhead cam design typically allows higher engine speeds because it provides the most direct path between cam and valve. known as top dead centre. in which each cam directly actuates a valve through a flat tappet. As automakers look to meet these standards by 2016. a two stage heat recovery system similar to the Mack system that recovers 80% of the energy in the exhaust gas and raises the efficiency of an Otto engine by 15%. Most modern production engines use hydraulic lifters to automatically compensate for valve train component wear. as in the illustration.[7] By contrast. each designed to open a valve during the appropriate part of an intake or exhaust stroke. excessive clearance causes noise from the valve train.000 km) with a feeler gauge. Reductions in efficiency may be counteracted with an engine control unit using lean burn techniques.5 miles per gallon (mpg) compared to the current standard of 25 mpg. 30% of the energy generated by combustion is converted into useful rotational energy at the output shaft of the engine. Valve clearance Valve clearance refers to the small gap between a valve lifter and a valve stem that ensures that the valve completely closes. this redesign could significantly reduce fuel consumption and NOx emissions. the Corporate Average Fuel Economy mandates that vehicles must achieve an average of 35. Together. It has a series of cams along its length. and applying the Miller cycle. in other words.[6] There are a number of ways to recover some of the energy lost to waste heat. friction and engine accessories. On engines with mechanical valve adjustment. The use of a Turbocharger in Diesel engines is very effective by boosting incoming air pressure and in effect provides the same increase in performance as having more displacement. BMW announced the development of the turbosteamer. developed a turbine system that converted waste heat into kinetic energy that it fed back into the engine's transmission. Modern engines are often intentionally built to be slightly less efficient than they could otherwise be. a six-stroke engine may convert more than 50% of the energy of combustion into useful rotational energy.

Ignition of fuel. and compression stroke. and exhaust stroke. . 2. Nikolaus August Otto: Inventor Of The Internal Combustion Engine. Britannica Gasoline Engine. ^ a b c d [1]. intake stroke.Starting position. ^ Brittanica. See also • • • • • Atkinson cycle Desmodromic valve History of the internal combustion engine Napier Deltic Poppet valve • • • • • Radial Engine Rotary engine Six-stroke engine Stirling engines Two-stroke engine References 1. power stroke.

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