The course is organized in several modules which cover the different topics, whose study offer the students a complete knowledge about the design and operation of internal combustion engines and their application in on-road vehicles
Fundamentals of IC Engines
Fundamentals of IC engine thermodynamic cycles. Classification of IC engines. Performance indexes (thermal efficiency, fuel consumption, reliability, drivability), engine maps.
Laboratory with hands on experience on engines. (10 cfu only)
Stationary and Nonroad engines (10 cfu only)
Classification and characteristics of stationary and nonroad engines. Thermal efficiency and development roadmap.
Gas Exchange Process
Inlet and exhaust processes in the four-stroke engine. Quasi-steady and dynamic effects on cylinder charging. Flow through the valves: flow rates and discharge coefficients. Valve flow areas, optimum lifts and timings. Two-stroke engines.
Fluid dynamic engine modelling (10 cfu only)
Hierarchy of computational models for engine simulation. Fundamental equations (1D) in conservative form. Numerical methods. Examples of application.
Numerical laboratory of engine gas dynamics
Turbocharging of IC Engines
Supercharging and turbochargers. Constant pressure and pulse turbocharging. Wastegate valves and variable geometry turbines. Dual stage turbocharging configurations. Requirements for powertrain and transient response of the turbocharger.
Unsteady Flows in the Pipes
Effects of unsteady flows and pressure waves in the pipes. Optimum design of the intake and exhaust pipe systems to exploit wave effects
Numerical laboratory of engine gas dynamics (10 cfu only)
Fuels for engines (10 cfu only)
Properties of conventional (gasoline, diesel) and alternative fuels (bio-ethanol, biodiesel, gaseous fuels, synthetic fuels). Knock rating of fuels.
Injection Systems for SI and Diesel engines
Fuel injection systems for SI and Diesel engines. Spray atomization and penetration. Common rail systems.
In-Cylinder Turbulent Flow
Turbulent air motion: swirl, squish and tumble.
Ignition systems for SI engines (10 cfu only)
Fundamental of ignition systems for SI engines. Spark plugs characteristics. Turbulent jet ignition.
Combustion in SI Engines
Normal and abnormal combustion processes in spark ignition engines.
Combustion in CI Engines
Non-premixed combustion, flame structure, ignition delay. Innovative low temperature combustion modes.
Pollutant formation mechanisms and emission control strategies. Aftertreatment systems: three-way catalyst, Diesel particulate filter, Selective Catalytic Reduction catalyst with urea injection. Vehicle Exhaust Emission Testing Procedures.
Innovative Powertrain Solutions
Innovative IC engines for eco-sustainable mobility: integration in mild and full hybrid vehicles, alternative combustion modes.