Reciprocating engines, also commonly referred to as piston engines, are apparatuses that rely on one or more reciprocating pistons to transform pressure into rotational motion. Reciprocating engines are found in various applications, commonly serving aircraft, automobiles, marine vessels, and other systems that require an internal combustion engine for functionality. There are also a variety of reciprocating engine types, the hydraulic reciprocating engine and pneumatic reciprocating engine being two examples. For aviation in particular, there are a few common types of reciprocating engines that have found implementation, those of which include radial, in-line, and flat reciprocating engines. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of each, allowing you to understand their importance and functionality.

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