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Unit description

Addresses the design, operation, performance, fuel requirements and environmental impact of modern internal combustion engines. Internal combustion engines are a rich resource for understanding many mechanical technologies and are relevant to local industry. Different types of internal combustion engines are addressed: spark-ignition, diesel, stratified-charge, and mixed-cycle engines. A literature review of a topic is undertaken and presented by small groups.

Unit content

Ideal cycle analysis  

Performance parameters  

Introduction to spark ignition and compression ignition (diesel) engines  

Combustion and thermochemistry  

Control of pollutants  

Intake and exhaust processes  

Fuels  

Balancing  

New developments

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1understand the features, technology, operation and performance of spark ignition and diesel engines, and their modern variantsKnowledge of a discipline
2identify advantages and disadvantages of the engine types in different applicationsCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
3analyse the generation of pollutants and their environmental impactKnowledge of a discipline
4perform basic calculations relating to the performance and emissions of internal combustion enginesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5undertake and present the findings of a research project in the form of a literature review of a topicCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
6understand the application of internal combustion engines in industry.Intellectual rigourCreativity

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the features, technology, operation and performance of spark ignition and diesel engines, and their modern variants
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. identify advantages and disadvantages of the engine types in different applications
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. analyse the generation of pollutants and their environmental impact
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. perform basic calculations relating to the performance and emissions of internal combustion engines
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. undertake and present the findings of a research project in the form of a literature review of a topic
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. understand the application of internal combustion engines in industry.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity

Prescribed texts

  • Pulkrabek, WW, 2004, Engineering Fundamentals of the Internal Combustion Engine, 2nd edn, Pearson. ISBN: 0-13-140570-5 .
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hour (4 weeks)
Self-directed project 2 hours (8 weeks)
Assessment
Literature review30%
Practical skills20%
Exam: open book30%
Quiz20%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

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