MEC4803 - Internal combustion engines - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Dr Harun Ismail

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is an advanced undergraduate module, which aims to develop an indepth understanding of current and future internal combustion engines technologies. This unit covers fundamental concepts, principles and applications of internal combustion engines and related components.

The following topics will be covered in depth in this unit:

  1. Design features, function and layout of various internal combustion engines
  2. Performance, efficiency and energy flow
  3. Fuel delivery and gas exchange processes
  4. Combustion, heat-release and work transfer
  5. After-treatment system, emission and test regulations.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the design features, function and layout of various internal combustion engines
  2. Assess the performance, efficiency and energy flow of internal combustion engines
  3. Select various fuel delivery system and gas exchange processes based on justification from in depth technical analysis
  4. Perform combustion, heat-release and work transfer analysis
  5. Design after treatment systems and evaluate engine control parameters to ensure emissions from internal combustion engines meet various international regulations such as Euro V and/or VI.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Examination (3 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 2 hours of tutorials/discussions/lab and 9 hours of private study per week.

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