Internal Combustion Engines

Photo of a Low Emission Diesel Engine.

Clean diesel combustion technology, like this Low Emission Diesel Engine, uses innovative air, fuel, and combustion management and conventional particulate matter aftertreatment to achieve lower NOx levels without the need for NOx after treatment. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.)


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Spring 2008



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This course studies the fundamentals of how the design and operation of internal combustion engines affect their performance, operation, fuel requirements, and environmental impact. Topics include fluid flow, thermodynamics, combustion, heat transfer and friction phenomena, and fuel properties, with reference to engine power, efficiency, and emissions. Students examine the design features and operating characteristics of different types of internal combustion engines: spark-ignition, diesel, stratified-charge, and mixed-cycle engines. Class includes lab project in the Engine Laboratory.

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Wai Cheng. 2.61 Internal Combustion Engines. Spring 2008. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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