Course Syllabus for

Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals
Förbränningsmotorer - grundläggande processer och koncept

MVK040F, 15 credits

Valid from: Spring 2016
Decided by: FN3 /PT
Date of establishment: 2016-02-18

General Information

Division: Energy Sciences
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The combustion engine is a complex machine with many different processes and phenomena. This course has the aim to look more in detail on some of these processes and gain a deeper understanding of them.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course is organized as a series of seminars where each time one of the students is responsible for presenting and discussing a chapter in the course book. The students are also responsible for looking up up-to-date information in the literature to complement the information in the course book. The discussion is documented by another student and the documentation is subsequently distributed to all the students. The presenting student is also responsible for designing exam questions on the subject of the chapter/seminar. The course covers Engine types and their operation Engine design and operating parameters Thermochemistry of fuel-air mixtures Properties of working fluids Ideal models of engine cycles Gas exchange processes SI engine fuel meeting and manifold phenomena Charge motion within the cylinder Combustion in spark ignition engines Combustion in compression ignition engines Pollutant formation and control Engine heat transfer Engine friction and lubrication Modeling real engine flow and combustion processes Engine operating characteristics

Course Literature

Heywood, J. B.: Internal combustion engine fundamentals. McGraw-Hill, 1988. ISBN 9780070286375.
Exists in both paperback and hardcover versions where the paperback version is recommended due to enormous price difference.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Seminars, self-study literature review

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, seminars given by participants
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: Knowledge equivalent to MVKN50 "Introduction to combustion engines" and MVKN55 "Advanced combustion engine technology".
Selection criteria: PhD students from the combustion engine division have priority and then PhD students from other divisions/departments who conduct research relating to internal combustion engines.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Per Tunestål <>

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