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Internal Combustion Engines: Theory & Practice

Internal Combustion Engines: Theory & Practice

10 days
This course is not scheduled.
Who should attend?


    • Engineers and technical staff involved in the design, development and testing of spark ignition engines and equipment.
    • Well adapted to trainings abroad.


  • Foundation
  • This course provides a deeper knowledge on mechanical operations and behavior and challenges of air induction, combustion, thermodynamics, performance improvements, …
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • calculate effective sections of a cylinder head or EGR circuit,
  • understand and apply the equations used on the engine test bench,
  • analyze the causes of engine component damage or failure,
  • understand the vocabulary and tools used in the vibration analysis field,
  • calculate and select a turbocharger to match a performance curve (turbo matching).
Course Content

Thermodynamics applied to engines

1.5 days

  • Engine history: evolution till the 4-stroke engine.
  • Thermodynamics first and second principles: calculation of an exhaust temperature. Why compressing before combustion?
  • Engine efficiencies: calculation of the engine best possible efficiency.
  • Calculation of cylinder pressure at compression end. Internal energy, enthalpy, entropy. Ideal gas equation. Laplace equation.
  • Different thermodynamic cycles (Beau de Rochas, Diesel, Atkinson, Miller, Stirling).
  • Turbocharger isentropic efficiency.

Performance & efficiency

2 days

  • MEP: analysis of energy per cycle by mean pressure: BMEP (Brake Mean Effective pressure), IMEP (Indicated Mean Effective Pressure), FMEP (Friction Mean Effective Pressure).
  • Global efficiency: analysis of the 4 main efficiencies of a reciprocating engine, fuel consumption (BSFC), impact of different settings (load, A/F ratio, ignition timing, …) on the efficiencies. Differences between the ideal cycle (Beau de Rochas) and the real cycle (thermal loss, pumping loss, …).
  • Volumetric efficiency.
  • Engine-vehicle adaptation: Willans diagram, fuel consumption, gear staging.

Engine mechanics

1.5 days

  • Engine acyclism: reasons why an engine does not work regularly: forces due to gas pressure and inertia of moving parts. Consequences of acyclism (belt resistance, damper pulley, double flywheel clutch - DFC).
  • Balancing: use of a balancer shaft or a counterweight on a crankshaft. Inertia load due to rotary and alternative forces. Inertia load of first and second order (H1, H2) on a 4-cylinder engine.
  • Valve timing: how the different valve drives work.
  • Lubrication: the different lubrication modes. Viscosity. Stribeck curve.

Inlet/exhaust processes - Performances & forced induction

1.5 days

  • Fluid dynamics: Bernoulli equation, Saint Venant equation, sound velocity.
  • Gas exchange and flow processes: use of pressure waves in inlet and exhaust pipes to increase the volumetric efficiency.
  • Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR): uses of EGR, low pressure EGR, high pressure EGR.
  • Turbocharging: how it works, technology, turbo adaptation.

Materials - Mechanical endurance

1.5 days

  • Characteristics of metal alloy steels used in engines: grey iron, ductile iron, steel, aluminum.
  • Manufacturing processes (foundry and forge). Surface treatment.
  • Mechanical properties: Young’s modulus, minimum yield, shear rating. Analysis of the engine major parts whose material and manufacturing process must be chosen.

Engine parts damage modes

1 day

  • Due to thermal problems: carbonization, loss of mechanical characteristics, intercrystalline corrosion, creep, melting.
  • Due to mechanical problems: plastic deformation, fracture, fatigue failure, Goodman diagram, impact of vibrations.
  • Due to thermo-mechanical problems.
  • Due to tribologic problems: lubrication, Stribeck curve, pitting, fretting, abrasive wear, adhesive wear, erosive wear, cavitation, scuffing, stick-slip.


1 day

  • Transverse vibration, Eigen mode, resonance, damping.
  • Acceleration, velocity, displacement parameters. Vibration levels: amplitudes, frequencies. Spectrum decibels, harmonic number.
  • Vibration measurement, sonogram, tracking.
  • The above training includes many practical exercises.
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