MF203U Internal Combustion Engines Basic Course II, Commissioned Education 6.0 credits

Förbränningsmotorteknik grundkurs II, uppdragsutbildning

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The contents intend to give a solid base for development work, production and application of piston engines with internal combustion, with a focus on diesel and Otto engines, which mainly implies:

  • A general orientation around the properties of the engine
  • A survey of the engine's mechanical design with a focus on important components
  • The thermodynamics of engines
  • The combustion of engines
  • Exhaust emissions, how these are formed and reduced, and their influence on man and the environment
  • Fuels and their influence on the environment
  • Legal requirement

Intended learning outcomes *

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the basic mechanical design of the piston engine
  • Describe how the choice of engine configuration influences the vibrations of the engine
  • Describe the function of the cooling system and its included components
  • Describe the function of the lubrication system and its included components
  • Calculate basic thermodynamic data for a complete work cycle in an engine
  • Calculate required amount of fuel for stoichiometric combustion of some common fuels
  • Account for combustion system function in the Otto engine
  • Account for the emission formation in the Otto engine
  • Account for how the emissions are controlled in the Otto engine
  • Account for combustion system function in the diesel engine
  • Account for the emission formation in the diesel engine
  • Account for how the emissions are controlled in the diesel engine
  • Describe how legal requirements influence the engine development

Course Disposition

The course contains a mixture of lectures, self-study, seminars and laboratory sessions.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Knowledge in mathematics, mechanics and thermodynamics, equivalent to the three first years of the engineering programmes in Vehicle engineering, Mechanical engineering and Design and product realisation.

Recommended prerequisites

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Richard Stone, Introduction to internal combustion engines

Bosch Automotive handbook

Material from lectures in the course

Material from seminars in the course

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Hand in Exercise, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboration, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Andreas Cronhjort

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web MF203U

Offered by

ITM/Machine Design

Main field of study *

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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