Ludwig Elsbett

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Ludwig Elsbett, 1935

Ludwig Elsbett (born November 8, 1913 in Salz , Lower Franconia ; † March 28, 2003 there ) was a German engineer and the inventor of the Elsbett engine .


Elsbett was born as one of nine children of the farmer Viktor Elsbett and his wife Maria. He grew up on a farm and first learned to be a farm mechanic. He later studied mechanical engineering and aircraft construction at the engineering schools in Bad Frankenhausen and Neustrelitz .

In 1937 he became department head at the Junkers aircraft factory in Dessau and developed internal combustion engines. In 1940 he married; with his wife Lieselotte he had five children.

After the war, Elsbett went into business for himself in Salzgitter with the production of a two-stroke diesel engine.

In 1959 he started working for MAN . In 1964 Elsbett founded his own company in Hilpoltstein in Middle Franconia .

Ludwig Elsbett played a significant role in the further development of diesel engines , especially the direct injection process . This was also used in the Elsbett engine , which he presented in 1973 and which can be operated with natural vegetable oil.

Together with his sons Günter and Klaus Elsbett, he received the Philip Morris Research Prize in 1989 .

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  1. a b Tabular overview of the development of diesel and Elsbett engines (at