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Interdisciplinary Professional Programs

Turbocharging Internal Combustion Engines See upcoming dates

Course Overview

Patented over 115yrs ago, Turbochargers altered the path of Internal Combustion Engine Design. In the very first application, shipping vessels were changed forever when power was increased from 1750hp to 2500hp utilizing the original twin diesel engines. Upon completion of this course, learners will

  • Understand the objectives of turbocharging for diesel and spark-ignition engines.
  • Become familiar with key terminology associated with features of turbo design and distinguish between fluid processes in the turbine and compressor sections.
  • Be introduced to turbocharger operational limits and walk-through efficiency calculations.
  • Gain a familiarity with engine-compressor matching along with turbocharger sizing, selection and control.

Ultimately, this course will arm learners with powerful knowledge pertinent Turbocharger considerations in Internal Combustion Engine Design.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone wanting to gain deeper knowledge on Turbocharger applications, impacts and considerations in Internal Combustion Engine Design.

Course Outline

Module 1 – Building Blocks

Module 2 – Compressors, Turbines and Charge Coolers

Module 3 – Compressor Maps and Aerodynamics

Module 4 – Turbine Maps and Power Output Management

Module 5 – Compressor Selection

Module 6 – Turbine Sizing and Control

Module 7 – Further Considerations

Module 8 – Two-Stage Turbocharger Systems


Kevin Hoag

Mr. Hoag has over 40 years of experience in diesel and gasoline engine development, both in industrial and academic environments, and is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He holds the position of Institute Engineer at SwRI and currently chairs SwRI’s Advisory Committee for Research (ACR). His experience is wide ranging and includes both diesel and spark-ignition combustion, engine performance development, emission control, engine layout and balance, casting, forging and materials, structural fatigue analysis, air handling, cooling, and lubrication systems. He also has extensive experience with customer interaction, engine application and service, and engineering education. Specific highlights of Mr. Hoag’s technical contributions include development of explicit formulation for Second Law analysis of IC engines, creation and management of the Heat & Fluids group at Cummins, Inc. and Founding Director and Lead Developer of the Master of Engineering in Engine Systems (MEES) Program at the University of Wisconsin. He hold patents and authored numerous publications, and hold several honors and awards. Mr. Hoag currently holds membership in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Tau Beta Pi Engineering honors fraternity.

Upcoming dates