Internal Combustion Engines

A car engine connected with pipes.

The internal combustion engine. (Image courtesy of Jon Berkeley. License: CC BY-NC-SA.)

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MIT Course Number

2.61

As Taught In

Spring 2017

Level

Graduate

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Course Description

Course Features

Course Description

This course studies the fundamentals of how the design and operation of internal combustion engines affect their performance, efficiency, 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. The class includes lab project in the Engine Laboratory.

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Wai Cheng. 2.61 Internal Combustion Engines. Spring 2017. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.


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