Fundamentals of Internal Combustion Engines

Fundamentals of Internal Combustion Engines

Engine Performance, Power, Torque, Efficiency, Compression Ratio, Otto, Diesel, Dual, Miller cycles and more

What you’ll learn

  • Understand How a Car Engine Work: Four-Stroke and Two-Stroke Engines
  • Recognize Engine Geometry and Related Terminology: Piston, TDC, BDC, Bore, Stroke, Connecting Rod, Crankshaft Arm, Crank Angle, Intake and Exhaust Valves
  • Identify and Calculate Important Engine Performance Parameters: Power, Torque, Efficiency, Mean Effective Pressure, Volumetric Efficiency, Specific Fuel Consumption
  • Perform Engine Kinematics Calculations such as the instantaneous Piston Speed
  • Evaluate the performance of heat engine cycles for which the working fluid remains a gas throughout the entire cycle
  • Develop simplifying assumptions applicable to engines
  • Solve problems based on the Otto, Diesel, Dual and Miller cycles
  • Analyze Cycles based on important parameters: Efficiency vs compression ratio, imep vs compression ratio and engine load and more
  • Compare Otto, Diesel and Miller cycles at various operating conditions
  • Learn how to draw P-V and T-S diagrams for each cycle
  • Perform a complete analysis for an Ideal Four Stroke Engine Cycle
  • Model the Intake and Exhaust Strokes and Evaluate the effect of residual fraction on cycle efficiency


  • A Strong Background in Engineering Thermodynamics is Required.
  • Knowing How to Use Microsoft Excel is Also Required.

Who this course is for:

  • Engineering students interested to learn about engines
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