C,  Internal Combustion Engine

Compression Ignition Engine

An engine in which the combustion of a fuel, often a fossil fuel, occurs with an oxidizer, usually air, in a combustion chamber that is an integral part of the working fluid flow circuit. In a compression ignition engine, the expansion of the high-temperature and high-pressure gases produced by combustion apply direct force to some component of the engine. The force is applied to pistons, turbine blades, or a nozzle. This force moves the component over a distance, transforming chemical energy into useful mechanical energy.

Also known as Internal Combustion Engine.

See also Diesel Engine.

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