Model Steam Engine

Instructions on how to build a model steam engine with your kids.

An engine is a machine that turns energy into motion.  Here we give instructions on how to make your own model steam engine from inexpensive materials. Read on for detailed instructions on building the steam engine and on how steam engines work. How A Steam Engine Works A steam engine works by heating water in a pipe, turning the water to steam.  As the steam heats the gases expand creating pressure.  The pressure can be used to move parts. In this diagram below you can see that water is run through pipes above a very hot chamber.  The water is turned to steam as it heats then the steam is heated even further as it runs through more pipes.  Finally the steam escapes with great force out a pipe (number 5) where it is used to create motion for an engine. A steam engine is an external combustion engine.  This … click to read more