The course starts from the challenges facing current internal combustion engines. The historical development of engines is reviewed to better understand the reasons for current engine designs. Next, experimental and numerical tools are reviewed for investigating the processes occurring in engines, which are used in studying and improving engine designs. Advanced engine concepts and fuels are then discussed, with their merits and challenges. This includes advanced engine controls. Finally, an outlook is given as to where continued research and development of engines and fuels can lead, and how the combustion engine can be part of a sustainable future.
Engine combustion will be analyzed in laboratory exercises. Simulation exercises will also be conducted with the purpose of making the students identify the engine’s response to changes to its components and settings as well as running engines virtually.