Supercharger and its working

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    Supercharger and its working

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    Since the invention of the internal com*bustion engine, automotive engineers, speed junkies and racecar designers have been searching for ways to boost its power. *One way to add power is to build a bigger engine. But bigger engines, which weigh more and cost more to build and maintain, are not always better.

    Another way to add power is to make a normal-sized engine more efficient. You can accomplish this by forcing more air into the combustion chamber. More air means more fuel can be added, and more fuel means a bigger explosion and greater horsepower. Adding a supercharger is a great way to achieve forced air induction.


    A supercharger is any device that pressurizes the air intake to above atmospheric pressure. Both superchargers and turbochargers do this. In fact, the term "turbocharger" is a shortened version of "turbo-supercharger," its official name.

    The difference between the two d*evices is their source of energy. Turbochargers are powered by the mass-flow of exhaust gases driving a turbine. Superchargers are powered mechanically by belt- or chain-drive from the engine's crankshaft.

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