ENME 489P - Internal Combustion Engines

3 Credits


Kweon, Mike


Internal Combustion Engines: Applied Thermosciences, 3rd Ed., C. Ferguson and A. Kirkpatrick, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2015.
Supplemental Materials: course notes developed by Mike Kweon and other reading materials, Engineering Equation Solver (EES)


ENES 232 Thermodynamics
ENME 331 Fluid Mechanics
Corequisite: ENME 332 Heat Transfer


Overview of Engines, Air Standard Cycles, Fuel Chemistry & Combustion, Fuel-Air Cycles, Engine Modeling, Engine Breathing, Engine Losses/Efficiencies, Modern Engine Controls/Testing, Gasoline Engines, Diesel Engines, Pollutant Formation and Controls, Alternative Fuels/Advanced Concepts.


  • Understand and solve major engine performance parameters
    • Understand various engine cycles and apply thermodynamics for engine cycle analysis
    • Apply thermodynamics and properties for global combustion, heating values and flame temperature
    • Explain the difference between ideal and actual engine cycles, and the effects of major operating parameters on engine combustion and performance
    • Understand and explain various valvetrain technologies, the effect of major parameters, and calculate valve size
  • Explain various engine losses and solve major estimated losses
    • Understand test cell methods and major test cell instrument principles, and explain test cycles
    • Explain gasoline and diesel engine technologies and the roles and principles of major components
    • Explain major emissions formation principles and their roles Understand and explain advanced engine technologies


  • Week 1: Course introduction, history  of engines and some principles, engine overview
  • Week 2: Engine geometric parameters, major performance and efficiency parameter calculations
  • Week 3: Air standard cycles
  • Week 4: Fuel chemistry, mixtures, stoichiometry, enthalpy of formation
  • Week 5: Enthalpy of combustion, heating values, flame temperature
  • Week 6: Fuel-Air cycles, engine modeling, and mid-term review
  • Week 7: Mid-term exam
  • Week 8: Engine breathing
  • Week 9: Engine losses and efficiencies
  • Week 10: Modern controls and testing
  • Week 11: Homogeneous charge spark ignition (HCSI) operations
  • Week 12: Stratified charge compression ignition (SCCI) operations
  • Week 13: Emissions and their controls
  • Week 14: Advanced concepts and final exam review
  • Week 15: Final exam

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

  • One 160 minute lecture per week

Last Updated By 
Mike Kweon, June 2017