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Course unit
INP8083217, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0531, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENGINE DESIGN
Department of reference Department of Management and Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MASSIMO MASI ING-IND/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/08 Fluid Machines 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 2019 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 MASI MASSIMO (Presidente)
LAZZARETTO ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
1 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 MASI MASSIMO (Presidente)
LAZZARETTO ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)

Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the general layout and the main components of a reciprocating internal combustion engine.
Knowledges of basic thermofluidynamics and mechanics, and mechatronics devices applied to the internal combustion engine.
Knowledge of analytical methods, numerical tools, and experimental techniques for the engine analysis.
Knowledge of fundamentals of the internal combustion engine design.
Ability to develop the preliminary design of a four-stroke spark ignition engine for passengers car.
Examination methods: Oral examination on the topics presented in the lessons and the design of the engine developed during the course
Assessment criteria: Level of skill on fundamentals and operation of the internal combustion engine.
Level of ability in the set-up and development of the preliminary design of the engine and its main subsystems and in the basic analysis of engine components.
Course unit contents: General layout of the engine.
Features and operation of the main components:
- Moving parts (piston assembly, connecting rod assembly, crank shaft, valve train system);
- Fixed parts (engine block, engine head, oil pan case).
Test cell instrumentations:
- Measurements of performance, fuel consumption, and exhaust emission;
- Mechanical losses measurements;
- Pressure trace measurements.
Design fundamentals:
- Internal combustion engine similarity;
- Basic calculations;
- Basic sizing and main geometrical dimensions;
Engine Termofluid-dynamics:
- Thermodynamic calculations;
- Preliminary design of the intake and exhaust systems;
- valve timing diagram;
- Prediction of in-cylinder pressure and volumetric efficiency;
Engine Mechanics:
- Maximum torque and full-load performance curves;
- Basic sizing of the connecting rod assembly and crankshaft;
- Loads on the main mechanical components;
- Valves train.
Engine Mechatronics:
- Ignition system;
- Injection system;
- Combustion Closed loop control system;
- Electronic management of the engine;
- Basics of variable geometry systems and variable valve timing systems;
- Basics of hybrid propulsion systems, and techniques to limit fuel consumption (start&stop, cylinders deactivation).
Thermofluid-dynamics analyses and structural calculations:
- Discharge flow test rig for engine heads;
- Gasdynamic simulation of the engine;
- CFD simulation of the engine combustion chamber;
- Basic calculation of connecting rod assembly and crankshaft;
- Bearings selection.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lesson, experimental and numerical activity in the specific laboratories.
Theoretical matter supports and integrates a design case developed during the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lesson notes and slides;
References on specific arguments are given during the lessons.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Lotus Enginering Software - Lotus Engine Simulation (LES)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean Energy Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action