History of The Internal Combustion Engine - Engine Starting

Engine Starting

Early internal combustion engines were started by hand cranking. Various types of starter motor were later developed. These included:

  • An auxiliary petrol engine for starting a larger petrol or diesel engine. The Hucks starter is an example
  • Cartridge starters, such as the Coffman engine starter, which used a device like a blank shotgun cartridge. These were popular for aircraft engines
  • Pneumatic starters
  • Hydraulic starters
  • Electric starters

Electric starters are now almost universal for small and medium-sized engines, while compressed-air starting is used for large engines.

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