Newcomen Society, The Piston Engine Revolution, , The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) Manchester, 14th – 17th April 2011




The Piston Engine Revolution




A Conference at

The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) Manchester

14th – 17th April 2011




A revolution in transport took place once a piston could be driven by internal combustion rather than by steam pressure. At once lighter and more compact than steam engines and with a fuel far easier to handle than coal, the internal combustion engine led directly to our modern age of air and car travel.There are about 20 conference papers covering the development of all forms of IC driven piston engines from the mid 19

The following subjects are included in the conference:

The Barsanti and Matteucci free piston engine of 1853

Early gas engines

Paxman and the diesel engine

Ruston’s locomotive engine developments

Napier multi-cylinder engine history

The Mitchell crankless engine

R&D at the Ricardo Company

High octane fuels

Gas producers from the point of view of modern practice

Valve cooling, the key to record breaking

The Blackburn aircraft and motorcycle engines

Sir Roy Fedden and his engines

th century to the present day, together with papers on fuel technology, component design and biography. Aeronautical and automotive engines feature strongly, particularly in the very competitive environments of racing, record breaking, and war. Some of the speakers have been directly concerned with the developments that they will be discussing.  



The cost of the conference is £200, including a conference dinner and visit to the Anson Museum with its display of IC engines. If you would like to attend the conference please fill in the form below and return it with a cheque to:

The Executive Secretary, The Newcomen Society, The Science Museum, London SW7 2DD. On receipt of your application form and cheque you will be sent a list of B&Bs and hotels close to the venue and a map of the MOSI site.


Tel/email Closing date 11 March 2011