HISTORY

1690
Denis Papin developed the steam powered piston engine to serve as a water pump.
1694
Savery and Newcomen made improvements upon Papin's designs.
1769
James Watts redesigned the steam engine by incorporating a separate condensing chamber for the steam.
1801
Richard Trevithick invented a steam powered vehicle that could carry eight passengers
1826
Samuel Brown built the first practical 4-horse power, gasoline driven vehicle but it was not powerful enough to carry passengers.
1849
Ascanio Sobriero discovered nitroglycerine
1862
Belgian inventor Jean Etienne Lenoir developed an internal combustion engine with a carburetor which createed a vaporous fuel by mixing hydrocarbons as well as a spark plug to ignite the fuel
1866
Alfred Nobel stabilized nitroglycerine in the form of usable dynamite.
1873
George Baldwin Selden of Rochester New York attempted to make a more efficient engine for use in propelling road vehicles.
1882
Gottlieb Daimler invented the gasoline powered internal combustion engine.
1886
Gottlieb Daimler finished improvements on his 1882 design.
1895
Rudolph Diesel developed the Diesel engine which functioned on an auto-ignition mechanism, using heat instead of a spark plug to trigger the explosion of the fuel.
1957
Fritz Wankel produced the Wankel engine also known as the rotary engine.
1960
NASA as well as diesel engine manufacturers took interest in the durability of ceramics in high temperatures.
1970's
The Japanese developed a high efficiency gasoline engine for their cars (a close predecessor of present day engines)
1998
Mullite was produced through a joint research venture by industrial companies and Purdue University.