Otto Caloric Engine, Patent Model

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Description
This wooden model (incomplete) was submitted to the U.S. Patent Office with the application for Patent no. 145123, issued to Nicolaus Otto, of Deutz, Germany, December 2, 1873.
In this engine hot gases were admitted to the cylinder above the piston during one-third of the down stroke. The remainder of the stroke dilated the confined gasses and rendered a great portion of the heat of the gases latent. The remaining portion of the heat was absorbed by the water-cooled cylinder surfaces and the piston was returned by the pressure of the atmosphere. The piston is so connected to the crankshaft that the upward stroke was much slower than the downward stroke to permit the heat that was rendered latent on the downstroke and that was liberated during the upstroke to be absorbed by the cooled surfaces of the cylinder.
Reference:
This description comes from the 1939 Catalog of the Mechanical Collections of the Division of Engineering United States Museum Bulletin 173 by Frank A. Taylor.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1873
patent date
1873-12-02
inventor
Otto, Nicolaus A.
place made
Deutschland
associated place
Deutschland: North Rhine-Westphalia, Deutz
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 1/4 in x 5 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in; 13.335 cm x 13.97 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
MC.308684
catalog number
308684
accession number
89797
patent number
145,123
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Work
Industry & Manufacturing
Bulletin 173
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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