How It Works: Gas Engines

gasengineSunday, August 20th at 11:00am

The National Museum of Industrial History is excited to being a new series of tours designed to further understand of specific facets of industrial history.  The series is presented with NMIH’s Historian and includes behind-the-scenes looks at special collection items, artifacts, and aspects of the museum generally out of the public eye.  This is the perfect chance to answer the questions of, “how does steam power work,” “how is steel made,” and more.

The gas engines on loan from the Smithsonian to NMIH are among the most significant examples in the United States.  Join experts from NMIH and Rough and Tumble Engineer’s Historical Association for an in depth review of the Otto Silent Gas Engine, which is the oldest surviving American built four cycle engine,  and the Brayton Oil Engine, a similarly historic and slightly older two cycle engine.  Visitors will then carpool to the Museum’s climate controlled storage area for a rare look at an Otto & Langen engine where its use of atmospheric pressure to turn the flywheel will be explained, along with the details of its timing, ignition, clutch, and other features.

Admission for the “How It Works” tours is $5 in addition to regular museum admission.

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