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George Bailey Brayton

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1877. Brayton's hydro-carbon engine.

George Bailey Brayton (1830-1892) was an American entrpreneur and inventor.

1830 Born in in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA.

In 1873, before Otto took out his patents, George B. Brayton took out patents for a gas and an oil engine. In both these engines combustion took place at constant pressure. The gas engine was never successful, so oil was resorted to as fuel. It was moderately successful, but its economy was insufficient to enable it to compete with other types.

The British licensees were Thompson, Sterne and Co of Glasgow and Simon and Son of Nottingham.[1]

1890 Died in Leeds, England, while working on a new oil engine.

1906 Brayton engine cycle.[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Autocar 1897/08/14 Details of workings.
  2. The Autocar 1906/02/24
  • Wikipedia
  • 'Internal Fire' by Lyle Cummins, Carnot Press, 2000