History of Diesel Fuel Injection

Meeting with Frank DeLuca

In the mid-1980s, DISA has been contacted by Stanadyne who wish to obtain innovative diesel fuel injection systems to be developed and manufactured together with DISA.

In this regard, the engineer Frank DeLuca was sent to visit DISA from the United States.

Thus, an extraordinary relationship of mutual esteem and collaboration was born between DISA and Frank DeLuca that lasted, even afterwards, for several years. It was during some business meetings that Frank DeLuca told us about his book on injection and control of diesel combustion engines, written in collaboration with Paul G. Burman. His eyes lit up as he described the most important passages of this fascinating subject: “each diesel engine does not differ much from other engine types; it,’s the injection system what makes the difference and strongly characterizes it”.

We intend to honor the memory of co-author Frank DeLuca, by publishing the first chapters of his masterpiece, which trace the history of the development of the diesel engine. We hope to make a special gift to the diesel engine lovers.

History of Diesel Fuel Injection







Frank DeLuca, born April 18, 1916, died in November 16, 2014. Born in Providence, RI, he grew up with five sisters and five brothers.

He graduated from Rhode Island State College with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State College. He met and married his wife Edith in State College, PA in 1940 and they move to Springfield, MA where he worked for American Bosch for 29 years. He also worked for Stanadyne and, later, as an independent engineering consultant until the age of 90. He was granted numerous Patents on fuel injection applications, co-authored “Fuel Injection and Controls for Internal Combustion Engines” and was active in the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers).