New Power Sources

  • David F. ChannellEmail author
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 35)


This chapter analyzes how new knowledge of thermodynamics led to improved sources of power such as the internal combustion engine, the four cycle engine and the Diesel engine. The chapter focuses on the work of Étienne Lenoir in France, Nikolaus Otto in Germany, Alphonse-Eugène Beau de Rochas in France, and Rudolf Diesel in Germany.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and HumanitiesThe University of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA

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