Deal #2: What is a Turbocharger?

Deal #2: What is a Turbocharger?

On the second deal of Christmas, PartsMarket gave to me two turbochargers.

What is a Turbocharger?

A turbocharger is an induction device that increases an engine’s efficiency and power output by pushing air into the combustion chamber. This allows the compressor to force more air, which in turn, pushes more fuel into the combustion chamber than atmospheric pressure on its own.

Turbochargers were originally known as turbosuperchargers. Obviously, that’s much too long of a name for a part, though, so it didn’t stick for too long.

Nowadays, the term “supercharger” is typically applied only to mechanically driven induction devices. The biggest difference between a turbocharger and a supercharger is that a supercharger is mechanically driven by the engine, often via a belt. A turbocharger, on the other hand, is powered by a turbine driven by the engine’s exhaust gas. When analyzed next to a mechanically driven supercharger, turbochargers appear to be more efficient, but less responsive.

In case you wanted another term to confuse you, we’ll mention twinchargers here as well. Twincharger refers to an engine with both a supercharger and a turbocharger.

Turbochargers are most often found on truck, car, train, aircraft, and construction equipment engines. They are commonly used with Otto cycle and Diesel cycle internal combustion engines. They have also been found useful in automotive fuel cells.

Until January 4th, you can get any of our turbochargers for 5%. After all, it’s the 12 Deals of Christmas.

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