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New Developments in Diesel Engines

New Developments in Diesel Engines

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


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


  • Foundation
  • This course provides a deeper knowledge on diesel engine combustion and depollution, diesel fuels, high-pressure injection systems, turbocharging, after treatment systems.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand the mechanisms of pollutants formation and the trade-off between emissions, performance, fuel consumption, durability, cold starting, drivability,
  • know the evolution of Diesel combustion and exhaust gas recirculation systems and how to optimize them,
  • know the main fuel properties required for a good engine behavior,
  • know the evolution of fuel injection systems and turbocharger technologies,
  • know the exhaust gas after-treatment systems and strategies used on current and future engine.
Course Content

Diesel combustion optimization

2.25 days

  • Automotive industry in the world.
  • Approaches net classifications to define and design a powertrain.
  • How does a spark engine work?
  • Engine to wheel: air-fuel mixture, burn the air-fuel mixture, transformation into mechanical energy in the wheels.
  • Chemical reaction equation, stoichiometric air/fuel ratio, equivalence ratio, specific heat value.
  • Composition of exhaust gas. Flammability limits, flame propagation in normal combustion. Pollutants formation mechanisms: particles, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, unburnt hydrocarbons.
  • Influence of tuning parameters: air-fuel ratio, fuel injection timing, fuel-air mixture efficiency, temperature, injection pressure.
  • Optimization of swirl, bowl in the piston, spray-holes position and diameter. Fuel spray characteristics.
  • New combustion process: homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI), advantages and drawbacks.
  • Full load behavior and optimization, durability limits, thermo-mechanical constraints; cracks in the metal.
  • Cylinder head design: valves, inlet pipes and swirl generation, variable swirl.
  • Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR); physical effect on NOx reduction, NOx/particles trade-off, EGR cooling, with or without by-pass, high and low pressure EGR circuit, problems and solutions for heavy trucks.
  • Cold starting and warm-up: critical compression ratio, trade-off between noise, smoke emissions, instability; glow-plug functioning and control strategy. Ceramic glow-plug.

Diesel fuels characteristics

0.25 day

  • Ignition delay and self-ignition ability: cetane rating.
  • Cold flow characteristics: cloud point, cold filter plugging point, pour point.
  • Lubricating properties, HFrr test, sulfur content.

Injection systems

0.75 day

  • Nozzle holes manufacturing and characterization: discharge coefficient, effective flow area, hydraulic flow. Hydroground conical holes.
  • Classification of current cam-driven and common-rail systems. Comparison between unit-injector and common-rail systems.
  • Evolution of high pressure pump, common-rail solenoid and piezo injectors.
  • Temperature control in low pressure circuit.


0.75 day

  • Turbocharger thermo-dynamical principle and technology. Design, materials, lubrication.
  • Compressor and turbine field.
  • Compressor and turbine dimensioning to match a given engine.
  • Waste-gate, variable geometry turbine, parallel or sequential dual turbocharger.

Exhaust gas after-treatment

1 day

  • Evolution of emissions regulations for passenger cars and heavy trucks.
  • Oxidation catalysts: structure, light-off temperature, conversion rate, ageing; diesel particulate filter (dPF): structure, trapping efficiency, regeneration with fuel additive (FBC: fuel born catalyst) or catalyzed filter (CdPF); regeneration strategy, fifth or seventh injector, influence on oil drain intervals.
  • NOx trap: operating principle, efficiency, limits.
  • Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) with urea: principle, installation on heavy trucks, advantages and drawbacks.
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Ways & Means
  • Various interactive talks, adapted to the participants’ fields of activity.
  • Videos.