Internal Combustion Engines In American History

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There are many events that impacted American history. Some include attacks of terror on Americans and some include inventions that changed the way we live. One invention that changed the lives of all people, not just Americans, was the internal combustion engine. An internal combustion engine is an engine that generates motive power by the burning of gasoline, oil, or other fuel with air inside the engine, the hot gases produced being used to drive a piston or do other work as they expand. This engine powers things such as cars and many types of aircraft. The internal combustion engine has changed the way people travel, changed the way we farm, and changed the way people entertain themselves. In this modern society, it seems like people are always worried about traveling. People worry about when they are gonna get to their destination and how they are going to get to their destination. There are three very popular ways of travel that involve an internal combustion engine. These ways include the car, bus and the plane. The car and bus have an engine that work in almost an identical way. The piston reaches the top of the cylinder and…show more content…
Sir Frank Whittle is credited for inventing the turbo-jet engine. “A jet engine uses the same scientific principle as a car engine: it burns fuel with air (in a chemical reaction called combustion) to release energy that powers a plane, vehicle, or other machine. But instead of using cylinders that go through four steps in turn, it uses a long metal tube that carries out the same four steps in a straight-line sequence—a kind of thrust-making production line” (“ExplainThatStuff.com”). The car engine is not as powerful or fast as the jet engine, but the jet engine is for traveling a long distance in a short amount of time; the car engine is designed for traveling a shorter distance in a similar slot of time. Both engines were designed to get you from point A to point
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