Fundamentals of IC Engine Performance and Thermodynamics

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Course Overview

Students will learn why IC engines are important for cost effective portable power, and the important performance and thermodynamic principles of IC engines. Students will understand the use of IC engines, comparisons to other work cycles, performance criteria, combustion modes, pressure-volume work analysis, power, torque, efficiency, and MEP comparisons.  Students will also learn how thermodynamics are applied to engines, the thermodynamic efficiency limit and why lean combustion is better.

Who Should Attend?

Students seeking a basic understanding of IC engine performance and thermodynamics and students interested in taking higher level IC engine courses.  

Course Outline

Overview of IC Engine Systems 

  • Power Technology Comparison
  • Combustion Cycles and Regimes
  • Design Configuration and Criteria
  • Current and Future Markets 

Pressure-Volume Analysis, Work, and Power 

  • Power and Efficiency 
  • Piston Work Calculations 

Applying Thermodynamic in Compression, Combustion, and Expansion 

  • Maximum Work of IC Engines 
  • Entropy and Thermodynamic Availability 
  • Properties of the Engine Cycles 
  • Heat Release and Specific Heat Ratio 
  • Combustion of Fuel with Air 

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Program Director

Michael Andrie

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