Rudolph Christian Carl Diesel
Born 18 Mar 1858, Died 29 Sept 1913
During his lifetime Rudolf Diesel excelled at scholastic studies and in the pratical application of these studies into engineering - a true Genius, with an ever creative mind.
He registered many patents, including the diesel engine. Through his patents he managed to earn himself millions of marks.
Diesel was able to work long hours under extreme deadlines to develop and implement his ideas.
He recognised the genius of the Frenchman Sadi Carnot who pioneered in the field of thermodynamics. Carnot was basically ignored by his collegues during his own lifetime, he died in 1832 before Diesel was born.
Carnot recognized the relationship between work and heat and described the principle of making an engine ideally efficient, which gave others a theoretical model to aim at.
Rudolf heard about his work, and with difficulty found a copy of the lone book he had published, studied it and was able to practically apply some of his ideas and incorporate them into the diesel engine.
We acknowledge the genius of these pioneers, without whom this world would have been quite a different place today.
Now sadly though Diesel earned a great fortune through is creative genius - he nevertheless had the flaw of spending more than he earned, no matter how much that was, and eventually wound up in considerable debt when circumstances turned adverse in his life. These circumstances and debt may have prompted him to take his own life by jumping ship while bound for England from France in September 1913.
Britain Upgrades its' type 23 Frigates and fits MTU 12V 4000 engines
New MTU 4000 series Engines fitted!
MTU reports in its' Newsletter this month they have sold the Royal Navy 48 of its' 12V 4000 M53B engines which are being fitted in Britains' type 23 Frigates.
The upgrades are attending to several issues, among which are improved living standards for the crew and armaments additions and improvements that intend to convert the frigates from anti-sub specialist craft into all round combat war ships.
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A big Detroit Diesel Engine gets a rebuild
The engine was thrusted!
And that's one of the quickest ways to damage an engine.
A couple of minutes and there's white breathing smoke,
and sinking feeling that it's an expensive affair to
put it right.
The engine must turn freely It's important that the engine must turn freely at all stages
of it's rebuild, even for huge engines, like this one.
12v149 on the wing
Her Majesty Koningin Maxima - launches the NH1816 Rescue Boat
MTU marine engine - Runs upside down!
If the boat capsizes it must right itself - like a kid's
rubber duck, and it does!
Of course this means the engine must carry on working
when totally inverted without loosing a pulse!
The boat has two MTU 8V2000 M84L engines
each producing 895 kW at 2450 rpm
The boat has a top speed of 31 knots.
Detroit Diesel Rocket
This Detroit Diesel 12v92TI is an example of just that.
Can one understand the feeling of power and pleasure one gets from running an unusual application like this. Its legacy is the achievement of building a vital and powerful machine, what one learns in doing so and what one teaches others when doing so. And of course the pleasure and pride one gets from such a venture when its completed and then in driving or racing it when its finished.
So if you have special projects - do them now!
Because, as for tomorrow - if you're not here (alive and well)
Well - they'll never get built. And at least what you
leave behind you is the heritage that lives on
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