Rudolf Diesel : A Short Biography Of Diesel And Rudolf Diesel

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Rudolf Diesel was born March 18, 1858, in Paris. Early in the Franco-Prussian War (1870) all Germans had to leave Paris, and the Diesels went to England in poverty. After a brief stay there, Rudolf went to an uncle in Augsburg, Germany, where he received a thorough scientific schooling. From 1875 he attended the Munich Polytechnikum (later the Technische Hochschule) and graduated with highest honors. He studied thermodynamics under Carl von Linde and resolved—given the opportunity—to design a heat engine with a thermodynamic cycle approximating to the ideal described by Sadi Carnot in 1824.
Great fuel economy could be expected from such a machine. But the opportunity was a long time coming. Meanwhile, in 1880 he returned to Paris to help in the construction of a refrigeration plant for Linde and then became manager of it. During the making he put much effort into an design for an expansion engine using ammonia as working fluid (ammonia was also the working fluid in the refrigerator). From Paris, Diesel moved to Berlin in 1890 and continued to work for Linde's refrigeration concern. Rudolf Diesel (formally Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel) was a thermal engineer and inventor of German descent, best known for the invention of the diesel engine. Diesel was born on March 18, 1858 in Paris to immigrant parents.
His early childhood was spent in France but due to the onset of war in 1870, his family was deported and decided to move to London. When Diesel was 12 years old, his mother

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