What we call engine displacement is an amount of the volume inside of an internal combustion engine. And although it is not completely proportional to the total power which is produced, it does correlate hugely with output power.

Whilst cylinders move inside an engine, they happen to displace a considerable amount of air. Every internal combustion engine has a specific volume, which is expelled by the cylinders. When there is high engine displacement, it will result in lower-fuel economy, and a number of governments are using these numbers as a means of taxation. Cylinders work hard in our engines and cylinder repairs are a common occurrence in many repair shops in Australia.

How an Engine Provides Power

• Internal combustion engines ignite fuel in the cylinders so as to produce energy.
• The piston compresses the air inside the cylinder, and petrol, is then spray injected into the air.
• A spark plug then sets the petroleum on fire, which then even further increases the air pressure inside the cylinder.
• After which, the high-temperature, high-pressure gas drives the piston down an area known as the stroke.
• The piston is fully connected to a vehicle’s transmission that then moves the vehicle’s wheels forwards or backwards.

• Engine displacement relates to the volume moved by all of an engine’s pistons.
• It does not involve the amount of air above the piston where the spark fires and can be calculated with the following formula: the displacement formula is written out as: S = √x²+y².
• “S” stands for displacement.
• X is the initial place that the object is moving to
• Y is the second place that the object is moving to.
• If the object only travels in one direction, then Y = 0.
• In fact, this is the total amount by which all cylinders can change by.
• This number only refers to the amount which is displaced by the pistons, making it the internal cylinder diameter that has to be formulated in this calculation.

Oddly enough, cylinders inside of an internal combustion engine are never simultaneously at their maximum volume.

Litres and Centimetres

• Engine displacement is commonly expressed in litres, although it can also be conveyed in cubic centimetres (as in CC) or cubic inches.
• Most engines in motorbikes and lawn equipment have a displacement of less than one litre, making the CC figure more preferable.
• Eco-friendly vehicles usually consist of four cylinders with a total displacement between one to two litres.
• Whereas sport utility vehicles (SUVs), have displacements of up to six litres.
• Usually you will find that the total engine displacement has been incorporated into the vehicle’s name.

The Future?

In a number of nations, engine displacement is of a legal importance and engine sales are often taxed based on displacement, instead of total power output.

This is why, it is quite typical to see displacements somewhat under a threshold value. Countries, like Sweden, are starting to tax their vehicles based on carbon dioxide emissions rather than engine displacement.