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2.61 Internal Combustion Engines, Spring 2004

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 aftertreatment. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features  homework assignmentslabs and an extensive reading list.

Course Description

This course elaborates on the fundamentals of how the design and operation of internal combustion engines affect their performance, operation, fuel requirements, and environmental impact, study of fluid flow, thermodynamics, combustion, heat transfer and friction phenomena, and fuel properties, relevant to engine power, efficiency, and emissions, examination of design features and operating characteristics of different types of internal combustion engines: spark-ignition, diesel, stratified-charge, and mixed-cycle engines. The project section details the Engine Laboratory project. We have aimed this course for graduate and senior undergraduate students.


Prof. John Heywood
Prof. Wai Cheng

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session




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