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piston engine

[′pis·tən ¦en·jən]
(mechanical engineering)
A type of engine characterized by reciprocating motion of pistons in a cylinder. Also known as displacement engine; reciprocating engine.

piston engine

A term most commonly used for reciprocating engines. In airplanes, normally four-stroke engines are used. See four-stroke engine.
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At full load operation, oil consumption with stepped piston engines has been observed to be typically 75% lower than conventional modern two stroke cycle engines.
The Exhaust gas temperature increases by 12.6% for multilayered ceramic coated piston engine when compared to uncoated piston engine at full load conditions.
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Jets can generate more power than piston engines, but they are less fuel efficient.
"Linear free piston engines can capture a much greater proportion of the energy contained in the fuel burnt, not only because the linear gas expander extracts electrical power directly from the expansion stroke, but also by optimising the motion of the piston to improve combustion efficiency."
That Pan Am Clipper was powered by four Pratt & Whitney piston engines. Although emblematic of the pioneering age of air travel, those commercial aviation piston engines were prone to failure.
A big advantage of using Wankel engines in aviation is their small size in comparison with piston engines with similar power, also their quick response to throttle movements.
Furthermore, he says, nearly all of the latest generation of piston engines come factory-certified to operate on mogas.
It will also help Continental Motors compete globally in markets such as the one in China, where demand for piston engines is expected to grow over the next decade.
We were used to seeing all sorts of unusual aircraft taking off such as ex-bombers with two of their four piston engines replaced by jet engines.
They describe the planes that made commercial flight possible, from the earlier propeller-driven aircraft to the Lockheed Constellation to piston engines and Douglas and Boeing designs.