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Dodge Diesel Trucks for Sale: History of the Diesel Engine

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Dodge Diesel Trucks for Sale: History of the Diesel Engine

Rudolf Diesel

When most people think of the internal combustion engine, the clearest image of how it works usually involves a spark plug igniting gasoline vapor. Chalk it up to years of (admittedly exciting) automotive advertising with lightning strikes, coursing flames, and such - but as it turns out, there's more than one way to induce combustion and put a car, truck, or other vehicle in motion. Spark plugs do the job in typical gasoline-powered engines, functioning similarly to the familiar click of modern stove ignition. (Except unlike some stubborn gas stoves, spark plugs work every time.). Also be sure to check out our Dodge Diesel trucks for sale

The secret to diesel ignition is a process called adiabatic compression. In short, if you take a rigid chamber with highly compressed flammable gas and increase the pressure, the temperature of that gas will increase. In a modern diesel engine, diesel fuel is injected into a combustion chamber already filled with highly pressurized air. Heat from the compressed air helps ignite the fuel, which drives a piston down, which in turn transfers rotational energy to the vehicle's crankshaft - and you're up and running. Besides different engine and exhaust designs, diesel cars perform similarly to their gasoline-powered cousins. Come down to Coquitlam Chrysler and test drive a diesel-powered vehicle today!

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Ironically enough, the inventor Akroyd Stuart - who pioneered the first fuel-injection system in 1891 - designed a potential candidate for a compression engine in 1892, a year before Rudolf Diesel constructed his own. Using a different design, Thomas Henry Barton constructed the first sustained compression engine that same year, a full five years before Diesel's most famous 1897 engine was built. But despite filing certain patents earlier, neither Stewart nor Barton were credited with the discovery, with Diesel receiving patents throughout the 1890s for the foundational designs of the engine.

The efficiency of Diesel's design was undeniable, especially in the face of (then state-of-the-art) coal-fired steam engines, and modern diesel fuel tops out at about 40% efficiency. Diesel fuel is energy-dense, producing far more energy per litre than gasoline, and most modern diesel vehicles, whether trucks, SUVs, or cars, can also run on vegetable oil-derived biodiesel without modification. And thanks to contemporary heavy-duty design, many diesel-equipped vehicles have a life cycle much longer than gasoline-powered equivalents.

6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel and 3.0L Ecodiesel V6

Rudolf Diesel's fame skyrocketed, already buoyed by his earlier (occasionally explosive) demonstrations, and he had made his first million by the end of the 20th century. Diesel engines are used all over the world, not only in large trucks (which can take substantial advantage of its consistent torque output), but in ships, electrical generators, and passenger vehicles. By the time of his mysterious disappearance from the steamer Dresden in 1913, diesel engines even powered early military submarines.

Because apparently, there were submarines in 1913 - with the first non-human powered model manufactured in 1863!

Dodge Diesel Trucks for Sale

Get behind the wheel of today's most exciting (and thankfully land-based) diesel vehicles by taking a look at Coquitlam Chrysler's substantial new and pre-owned inventory. With over 250 new and 350+ vehicles to choose from, there's no doubt that you'll find one of today's high-efficiency diesel classics to drive home. With new and used selections from Chrysler, Dodge, Chevrolet, Ram, and more, there's a lot to discover in our online inventory. But with guidance from the pros at Coquitlam Chrysler, you'll cut through the chaff and go straight to the vehicles that will inspire you most.

Learn more about the history of the diesel engine here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_engine

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Diesel

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Elgin_Dodge

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_cycle

And learn a bit more about the surprisingly long history of submarines here::

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine

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