5 Types of Steam Engines
We have seen several types of steam-powered engines throughout history. Here are a few notable ones:
- Reciprocating steam engine: This common type of steam engine features the reciprocating motion of pistons. Reciprocating steam engines uses steam pressure to move a piston back and forth in a cylinder, converting linear motion into rotational motion.
- Vertical steam engine: In a vertical steam engine, the cylinder is in a vertical position and the pistons move up and down.
- Horizontal steam engine: These types of engine have a cylinder positioned horizontally. Here, the pistons move back and forth.
- Uniflow steam engine: These engines are characterized by steam flowing through the cylinder in a single direction.
- Condensing steam engine: This type uses a separate condenser to improve efficiency. This steam is condensed back into water after performing work in the cylinder, creating a vacuum that increases the engine’s power and efficiency.