Internal Combustion Engines: Theory & Practice

E-learning This course can be adapted to virtual classroom mode

Who should attend?

  • This course provides a deeper knowledge on mechanical operations and behavior and challenges of air induction, combustion, thermodynamics, performance improvements…
Public :
  • Engineers and technical staff involved in the design, development and testing of spark ignition engines and equipment.
  • Well adapted to trainings abroad.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • Thermodynamics applied to engines

      • 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

      • 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

      • 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

      • 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

      • 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

      • 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.
  • Vibrations

      • 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.

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).

Ways & Means

  • All the training below includes many practical exercises to illustrate the concepts presented.
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