Using Fiber Optics To Watch Pistons Fly Up And Down

Ever since the internal combustion engine was invented, engineers have been trying to find ways to peer into the combustion chamber. If they could directly measure such parameters as pressure inside the cylinder, they could build more efficient and longer-lasting engines. Better data could also help improve software programs that model combustion. And built-in sensors could provide a constant flow of information that could be used to maximize power or reduce emissions.

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