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Philip C Malte
M E 481
Seattle Campus

Internal Combustion Engines

Internal combustion engines including spark and compression ignition piston engines, with focus on engine performance and the thermodynamics, combustion, emissions, and efficiency of engines. Impact of greenhouse gas constraints on engines. Prerequisite: either M E 323, A A 260, or CHEM E 325.

Class description

This course teaches the principles and practices of internal combustion engines (ICE’s): spark and compression ignition piston engines for transportation, power generation, and mechanical drive. Gas turbine engines for power generation and mechanical drive are covered elsewhere (ME 430). The course focuses on engine thermodynamics, including the thermodynamics of both traditional and advanced cycles, combustion processes in engines, pollutant emissions and their control, and engine efficiency. Important challenges faced by ICE’s are treated, including engine cycles designed for use in vehicles with electric motor drives, emissions reduction for large-bore and compression ignition engines, and meeting the challenge of greenhouse gas reduction. Traditional and emerging fuels are treated, the later including ethanol,drop-in bio-fuels, natural gas, and fuels produced from gasification.

Student learning goals

The student will gain an understanding of engine performance, thermodynamics, combustion, emissions, and efficiency

The student should become proficient at engineering analysis for predicting engine performance and behavior.

Additionally, the student should gain an understanding of the challenges facing ICE’s in a greenhouse constrained world, and engine fuels that respond to this challenge..

General method of instruction

The course is taught as a lecture course, meeting 4 hours per week. Fridays normal cover homework assignment review and sample problems. Opportunity for a lab tour may exist.

Recommended preparation

A first course in thermodynamics, such as ME 323, AA 260, or CHEM E 325.

Class assignments and grading

Evaluation of student performance and grading is based on the following: • Weekly homework assignments • Mid-term exam • Final exam

For SpQ 201`4, the grading is as follows: * Weekly HW assignments, 8, for 30% of course grade. * Mid-term exam for 30% of course grade. * Final exam for 40% of course grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.

Last Update by Philip C Malte
Date: 03/30/2014