Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Internal combustion engines – theory for the application of conventional and renewable fuels

Overall Course Objectives

The goal of the course is to give the student knowledge of internal combustion engines and the ability to use the relevant calculation techniques for the construction and development of engines. Special emphazise will be put into explaining differences for engines applying conventional and renewable fuels.

Learning Objectives

  • Calculate basic parameters that are important to characterize the operation of an engine and analyze the effect of varying them on the performance and fuel economy.
  • Simulate engine operation through the use of ideal air cycle models, ideal air exchange models, fuel air processes with chemical equilibrium, as well as dynamic models of heat transfer and combustion.
  • Use simple models to describe the combustion processes for convetional and sustainable fuels in spark ignition and compression ignition engines.
  • Calculate the friction for selected engine components and for the entire engine.
  • Calculate the operating conditions for pressure charging machinery, such as compressors and turbocharges, and determine the effect of pressure charging on the performance and fuel economy of engines.
  • Calculate the consequences of using different conventional and renewable fuels on the performance and economy of engines, as well as the dimensions for fuel systems for spark ignition and compression ignition engines.
  • Calculate the relationship between fuel air ratio and exhaust emissions for different conventional and sustainable fuels, and calculate the emissions of air pollutants on the basis of engine output or the characteristics of a vehicle.
  • Evaluate which fuels can be relevant in future applications of combustion engines

Course Content

Engine types theoretical principles and operating
characteristics for spark ignition and compression ignition engines. The thermodynamic basis of combustion engines, simple calculation models and computer simulations. Friction, heat transfer, fuels, control of engines, fuel systems, air exchange processes, pressure charging, limitations.
Experimental: Diesel engine experiments in order to obtain experience with operation and experimental aspects of an internal combustion engine. Development of a simple simulation program for an internal
combustion engine. The use of an existing computer simulation to determine an engine map.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lectures, Laboratory experiments, computer simulation and problems

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 5.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41347
Course type Bachelor
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Mon 13-17

7.500,00 DKK

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