Invention of the Piston Engine

Christiaan Huygens, the Dutch scientist invented the piston engine in 1673. The design had one piston powered by gunpowder, when a small charge detonated in the cylinder, it pushed the piston and turned a crank. It was a crude internal combustion engine.

Date:
      1673
Name(s):
      Christiaan Huygens
Occupation:
      Scientist
Location:
      Dutch


Additional Information:

  • Gunpowder engine – Hmolpedia
    The first gunpowder engine, using a piston and cylinder, was invented and built in 1678 by Dutch mathematical physicist Christiaan Huygens called Huygens gunpowder and air engine.Apr 24, 2017
  • Gunpowder engine – Wikipedia
    Huygens, however, became interested in the mechanical power of the vacuum, and the possibility of using gunpowder to produce one. In 1678 he outlined a gunpowder engine consisting of a vertical tube containing a piston. Gunpowder was inserted into the tube and lit through a small hole at the base, like a cannon.
  • Gunpowder engine – WikiVisually
    A gunpowder engine, also known as an explosion engine or Huygens’ engine, is a type of internal combustion engine using gunpowder as its fuel. … Huygens presented a paper on his invention in 1680, A New Motive Power by Means …. Christiaan Huygens, FRS (or ; Dutch: [ˈɦœyɣə(n)s] (listen); Latin: Hugenius; 14 April …
  • Christiaan Huygens Biography – Space.com
    Jun 8, 2012 – Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens proposed the earliest theory … Working as an astronomer, physicist, mathematician and inventor, … Other inventions by Huygens included his design of an internal combustion engine in …

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