Diesel Power April 2013

17th Century Tech for 21st Century Diesel Power

Back in the 1660s, chemist and physicist Robert Boyle discovered the connection between pressure (p), volume (V), and energy (K). He based his theories, which became known as Boyle’s Law, on his own tests and the findings of his contemporary. These involved everything from experiments using 16-horse-power (literally!) to the implementation of an air-filled lamb’s bladder to prove that: pV = K. In turbodiesel terminology, this means the more pressure made—which is created by the turbo compressing an amount of air—will boost its density along with increasing the kinetic energy (which raises the intake temperature). This article isn’t going to be a history lecture—we hope to show you how to get the most power and efficiency out of your engine. It’s important to point out that Boyle published one of the first straightforward explanations about the manipulation of air pressure, which you can use to this day to improve the performance of your turbodiesel. You can always use the link from The Journal of Applied Physiology below if you’d like to take a step back in history and learn the complete origins of pressure laws. Read more about it here

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