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This course introduces the fundamentals of how the design and operation of automobile engines affect the performance and emissions. The fluid flow, thermodynamics, combustion, and fuel properties are studied with reference to engine power, efficiency, and pollutants formation. Students examine the design features and operating characteristics of different types of automobile engines including petrol engines and diesel engines, as well as the next-generation combustion engines including homogeneous-charge compression-ignition (HCCI) and gasoline compression ignition (GCI) engines. The key features of alternative fuels (including biofuels), hybrid, fuel cell, and electricity powered engines are also discussed. The course includes a lab for the performance test experiments of petrol and diesel engines.

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Term 3



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Partially online

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