Having approximated the engine’s steam consumption at a given speed and having calculated the consumption of fuel for the boiler I should now be able to calculate the Steam Engine and Boiler Efficiency. References Condensers [more…]
Steam and methylated spirit consumption is a big subject and so my first task was to break this down into some simple numbers and ideas. This page is all about explaining those ideas and first [more…]
I’ve been looking into the angle of the steam boiler on a traction engine relative to the surface that the engine sits on. This angle is always biased downwards towards the firebox. Having measured a [more…]
The design of a wood and metal steam beam engine.
The cylinders on steam engines need insulating and there are many ways of achieving this. On this page I’ve shared some ideas, options and a particular design of mine for the insulated steam engine cylinder [more…]
A transitional engine (sometimes call a half-breed engine) is a steam engine from the late 1800’s that had been converted to an internal combustion and designed to run on oil or gas. This engine is [more…]
This pin, also known as Gudgeon Pin – Piston Pin – Wrist Pin, provides the articulated connection between the conrod and the piston. Note that this pin sees very high forces. Often hollow to reduce [more…]
In the Steam Indicator Diagram the pressure in the cylinder is plotted versus the cylinder volume. This was developed by James Watt and John Southern to improve the efficiency of the steam engine. The work [more…]