Crude oil engine

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The crude oil engine is a type of internal combustion engine similar to the hot bulb engine. A crude oil engine could be driven by all sorts of oils such as engine waste oil and vegetable oils. Even peanut oil and butter could be used as fuel if necessary. Like hot bulb engines, crude oil engines were mostly used as stationary engines or in boats. They can run for a very long time; for instance, at the world fair in Milan in 1906, a FRAM engine was started and ran until the exhibition was over one month later. A crude oil engine is a low RPM engine dimensioned for constant running and can last for a very long time if maintained properly. It was later replaced by the diesel engine.

Modern crude oil engines[edit]

Many modern diesel engines are capable of running on pure crude oil. They are often used in the oil and gas exploration and production industries.[1] Additionally, many large diesel engines, such as those used on large container ships, can also run directly off crude oil.

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  1. ^ "MAN Diesel & Turbo SE - FUELS". Retrieved 2014-08-09.