Third-Cycle Courses

Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course MVK040F valid from Spring 2016

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  • English
  • If sufficient demand
  • 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.
  • 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
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • Know the basic engine types and their typical applications
    Understand the concepts of mean effective pressures and be able to use them
    Know the difference between real and ideal gases and how it influences engine cycles
    Know the parameters that influence the gas exchange of an internal combustion engine
    Know how swirl is measured and concepts for promoting it
    Know the definitions of turbulence and how it is measured in an engine
    Understand the use of dimensionless numbers like Damköhler and Reynolds numbers and how they affect the combustion in spark ignition engines
    Understand knock
    Understand the difference between the compression ignition combustion model proposed by Heywood and the current "truth" by Dec
    Understand why and how NOx is formed in spark ignition and compression ignition engines respectively
    Know the formation process of HC, CO and PM and how aftertreatment can be used to clean the exhaust
    Know the most widely used heat transfer correlations and how to use them
    Understand the importance of friction and where in the engine friction is a problem
    Have a basic understanding of what models can be used for various processes in the engine
    Understand the differences between 1D and 3D models
    Understand how engine operating conditions influence the engine performance and analysis
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • Be able to find and use the properties of fluids within the cycle
    Know the basic design of valve systems and be able to design such a system
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • Within a limited given time frame, be able to study a subject within the combustion engine field and present it to fellow PhD students and lead a discussion such that the subject is thoroughly penetrated
    Be able to select/design suitable exercises on the subject that the student has been responsible for during the course
    Be able to design suitable examination questions on the subject that the student has been responsible for during the course
Types of Instruction
  • Seminars
  • Self-study literature review
Examination Formats
  • Written exam
  • Seminars given by participants
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
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.
  • 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.
Further Information
Course code
  • MVK040F
Administrative Information
  • 2016-02-18
  • FN3 /PT

All Published Course Occasions for the Course Syllabus

1 course occasion.

Start Date End Date Published
2019‑09‑01 (approximate) 2020‑01‑31 2020‑01‑28

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