August 19, 2016

Something Hypnotizing: Blackstone oil engine startup

"1909 10HP Blackstone oil engine was used for pumping water from a river to a market garden.

The engine was sabotaged in the 1920s by someone blowing up the cylinder with explosives. A new cylinder was installed and the engine was returned to service for a number of years when it eventually fell into disuse. A number of river floodings submerged the engine and it was eventually partially buried in silt. It was recovered in the 1990s and in 1997 it was dismantled, cleaned and started again after many years of neglect. The starting procedure requires heating of the hot bulb with a blow lamp in order to vaporise the fuel ( kerosene ) and to preheat the internal combustion chamber to allow fuel ignition."

Engineers' Creed

As a Professional Engineer, I dedicate my professional knowledge and skill to the advancement and betterment of human welfare. I pledge:
In humility and with need for Divine Guidance, I make this pledge.

Adopted by National Society of Professional Engineers, June 1954

HT: Tech Stuff 31 | The Arts Mechanical

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 19, 2016 8:53 AM
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What is being shown is an example of a One Lunger. Great internal combustion engines and interesting that unlike modern engines can be kept going with tape and bailing wire. Massive flywheels smooth out the intermittent power delivered by the occasional ignition pulse.

Dan Kurt

Posted by: Dan Kurt at August 19, 2016 12:51 PM

What mesmerizing rhythm and music. I once worked in a bakery that had large, industrial mixers. The bowls weighed so much it took two people to move them from mixer to table. But as the mixers ran, they made a rhythmic ting on the sides of the stainless steel bowls that was, while loud, also soothing. It's a sound I miss.

Posted by: Jewel at August 19, 2016 1:19 PM

It's the PE creed we need.

Posted by: Howard Nelson at August 19, 2016 5:37 PM

Why do people who make these videos have to get so close that you can't tell what you're looking at?

Posted by: SteveP at August 20, 2016 5:04 AM

Is it me,or is that Music? Of sorts.

Posted by: Flannelputz at August 20, 2016 11:56 PM

Mr. Kurt, I am no engine expert, so what is the difference between this presentation and a hit-and-miss engine?

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at August 21, 2016 6:24 AM