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Internal Combustion Engines


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Learning Objective:

Course Goals:
To develop competence with the physical principles and equations describing the thermodynamics and gas dynamics of internal combustion engines;
To design simple (zero-dimensional, crank-angle resolved) models predicting the thermodynamics of in-cylinder processes, combustion, heat transfer and torque output, and use such models to perform simulation, analysis and optimization;
To develop knowledge in the basic mathematical framework of one-dimensional gas-dynamic models
To develop competence in performance analysis, optimization and control of IC engines and in the use of models to accomplished the desired tasks.
To introduce strategies for experimental analysis of advanced IC engine systems


This course develops competence in IC Engine Systems and Systems Modeling, and is oriented to graduate students who are interested in designing, testing, analyzing, or controlling next generation IC engine systems.
The course focuses on advanced SI and CI engine systems (though there will be some discussion of natural gas engines), as well as the principal aspects of IC engine modeling (thermodynamics and fluid mechanics of air path systems, in-cylinder processes, combustion and emissions, heat transfer, torque production and crankshaft dynamics), as well as the integration of these concepts into complete engine simulators. The course also provides practical experience with various engine modeling methods (zero-dimensional thermodynamic modeling, one-dimensional gas-dynamic modeling).

Topics Covered:

Engine Basics, In-cylinder Fluid Motion, Fuel Injection and Sprays, Combustion in Engines, Pollutant in Engines, Alternate Powertrains/Fuels. F2016 Syllabus


Experience with programming in Matlab/Simulink is required, as the course will rely significantly on this tool to develop most of the models.

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50

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4-5 assignments (40% of grade)


Lab & Paper


One midterm and one final


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Required - "Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals", J.B. Heywood, McGraw-Hill, NY, 1988, ISBN: 978-0070286375. Disclaimer: Please visit the Listing of Textbooks by College or School for the most up-to-date textbook information.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements

Other Requirements:

EES software may be needed (wait to purchase until after first lecture).

ProEd Minimum Requirements:


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