Engineering and design

Engine Technology

Module code: H3051
Level 6
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

The aims of this module are to introduce the operating principles and new technologies of various combustion engines, such as piston engine and gas turbine engine with emphasis on gasoline and diesel engines for driving road vehicles. The main contents comprise:

Introduction to the operating process including gas exchange, fuel delivery, combustion and energy release processes, pollutant formation and control, heat transfer and friction.

Analysis of engine performances including volumetric efficiency, combustion efficiency, thermal efficiency, mechanical efficiency, power output, fuel consumption and emissions.

Demonstration to subsystems (valvetrain, fuel injection, combustion system, cooling system, lubrication, turbocharging and supercharging system, ERG and aftertreatment) and their design and operating parameters.

Briefly introduction to other power plant systems for road vehicles, such as power plants for Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), plug-in Electric Vehicle (EV), Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV), etc.


Engineering Mathematics 2
Engineering Maths 1B
Engineering Thermodynamics
Thermal Power Cycles

Module learning outcomes

  • Systematic understanding of operating principles of different types of combustion engines and other power plants for various electric vehicles.
  • Describe and perform thermodynamics analyses of working cycles, combustion process analysis.
  • Systematic understanding of functions of sub-systems and necessary design and operating parameters.
  • Develop Integration of combustion engines with specified applications and identify various new technologies of combustion engines.