Call for Papers:The Piston Engine Revolution : 1850-1950, An International Conference, 14-17th April 2011 : MOSI, Manchester

The NEWCOMEN Society (The International Society for the History of Engineering and Technology) and the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) are organising an International Conference entitled  “The Piston Engine Revolution : 1850-1950”. The conference will review how the internal combustion engine came into being, how it was first commercialised for stationary power production, and how it gave rise to the automotive and aircraft industries. The focus will be on the engineering developments associated with the IC engine, and on the engineers, technicians and scientists who contributed to its success. Original papers are now sought, which will be published in a Conference Volume.     

 The Conference will be held in Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). A half day visit will be made to the Anson Engine Museum, which has one of the best collections of stationary engines in Europe. The Conference will begin on Thursday evening, 14th April 2011, with a public lecture. On subsequent days, sessions will be given over to selected topics, including:  

  • The scientific and technical thinking underlying early designs
  • Very early pioneers
  • Contributions  of Lenoir, Otto, Diesel and Benz
  • Hot bulb engines in the UK and elsewhere
  • IC engine competitors (steam and hot air engines)
  • Formal R&D by research organisations and engine companies   
  • Development of engines for road and air transport
  • Key stationary, automotive and aircraft engines
  • Building, running, and testing near scale and full scale engine replicas
  • Engine Museums in the UK, on the Continent, and elsewhere    
  • Gaseous fuels from coal, coke, and wood
  • Liquid fuel development and specifications
  • Carburettors,  spark plugs, igniters, and valves
  • Metallurgy and materials issues


Papers should be 6000 to 8000 words in length. Please send a short synopsis of 250 words of your proposed paper to the Conference Secretary by 31st July 2010.  The final date for submission of full papers is 31st January 2011.


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3 comments on “Call for Papers:The Piston Engine Revolution : 1850-1950, An International Conference, 14-17th April 2011 : MOSI, Manchester

  1. Abbiamo esaminato il contenuto degli argomenti che potrebbero essere trattati nella Conference on the Piston Engine Revolution e non ci fugurano Barsanti e Matteucci che iniziando dal 1853 risultano i primi inventori del motore a scoppio al mondo. Quanto sopra in funzione di una ricerca documentata in cui si trovano ben 8 brevetti prima di quello di Lenoir e 15 prima di quello di Otto, così come è riportato nel libro di nostra pubblicazione in cui figurano le foto dei più importanti brevetti di Barsanti e Matteucci.
    Distinti saluti
    Fondazione Barsanti e Matteucci

  2. We examined the content of topics that could be addressed in the Conference on the Piston Engine Revolution and there fugurano Barsanti and Matteucci that starting from 1853 are the first inventors of the internal combustion engine in the world. Above according to a study in which they are well documented 8 patents before that of Lenoir and 15 before that of Otto, as it appears in our publication of the book containing the pictures of the most important patents of Barsanti and Matteucci .
    Yours sincerely
    Barsanti and Matteucci Foundation

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