Internal Combustion Engines

Module number: MW1364

Duration: 1 Semester

Recurrence: Summer Semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Georg Wachtmeister

Amount of work

Class attendance:105

Private study: 45

Total: 150

Course work and exam formalities

written exam, 90 min.

The theoretical knowledge as to Internal Combusiton Engines is examined by a written examination. Both facts and more complex derivations are part of the examination. This enables the individual student to underline not only the capability to understand and express the fundamentals of Internal Combustion Engines based on the principles of mechanics and thermodynamics but also show in open questions the ability to apply the gained knowledge on various practical applications (from passenger car engines to large ship engines) and understanding of the whole system.



- Fundamental aspects of thermodynamics

- charge cycle and inceptors in two- and four-strike engines

- heat release and its effect on the operating process

- factual indicator diagram

- ignition of carbon hybrides

Combustion in Otto- and diesel engine

- accumulation of alloys and combustion

- differences


- structures

- extraction

- chemical and physical behaviour

Exhaust emission of combustion engines

- accumulation

- compounding

- measurement methods

- arrangements of reduction

- legal requirements


- coation of motor and compressor

- different charge methods

Learning outcome

After successful completion of the module students understand the fundamentals and main subsystems of Internal Combustion Engines and have gained further knowledge on their application based on the principles of mechanics and thermodynamics. They are able to express this knowledge and have gained basic knowledge of the various methods used to develop modern Internal Combustion Engines. Furthermore, students are able to analyse engines by considering typical operating parameters, e.g. efficiencies. Typical properties and problems of conventional engines (SI- and CI-engines) is well understood.




Introduction to Internal Combustion Engines, Richard Stone, 4th Edition, Palgarave MacMillan, 2012

Teaching and studying methods

The knowledge to be imparted is presented mainly by using power point presentations and practical examples. New topics are introduced by intense discussion with the participating students. Furthermore, the optional tutorial  may be used by the students to both deepen their knowledge and to develope ideas and solutions to practical applications and problems.