Driving a Piston

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We can understand the motion of the piston-crankshaft assembly by using the slider to drive the piston. In an IC engine, fuel and air are combined in the piston chamber under high pressure and are ignited by a spark plug. The controlled explosion forces the piston out and drives the mechanical assembly. By moving the slider, we see how the reciprocating motion is converted to rotary motion.

Contributed by: Jeff Bryant (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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