Unlike the typical otto cycle engine a diesel engine takes in only air through the intake valves during the 1st stroke during the 2nd stroke the intake valves are closed and the air is . Diesel engine construction and operation a diesel engine is similar to the gasoline engine used in most cars both engines are internal combustion engines meaning they burn the fuel air mixture within the cylinders both are reciprocating engines being driven by pistons moving laterally in two directions the majority of their parts are similar. In 1919 clessie lyle cummins founded cummins engine company to improve diesel technology and produce the worlds finest engines his vision launched a company that today is a global leader producing diesel engines for applications ranging from heavy duty trucks and consumer pickups to industrial mining and oil drilling. The basic difference between a diesel engine and a gasoline engine is that in a diesel engine the fuel is sprayed into the combustion chambers through fuel injector nozzles just when the air in each chamber has been placed under such great pressure that its hot enough to ignite the fuel spontaneously following is a
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