Internal Combustion Engine Basics

Explore the inner workings of internal combustion engines! Learn the key components, mechanics of two and four stroke combustion cycles, and engine system operations.

Last updated 4/2023 English

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Internal Combustion (IC) engines are not only used in the automotive engineering and automobile engineering industries. They are used to rotate pumps, generator rotors, fans and many other machines. But what are internal combustion engines? Why do we use petrol/gasoline and diesel fuels instead of just one type of fuel? And how do these astounding machines work?

This course will answer all of these questions and many more! Irrespective of your background, learning about internal combustion engines will benefit you greatly. They are used as prime movers in cars, vans, trains, motorbikes, scooters, lawnmowers, leaf blowers and many other machines. So even if you are not an engineer, or training to become one, the knowledge you gain will always be useful, because a combustion engine is never far away!

This course is taught by an engineer with 17 years're in good hands! Interactive 3D models have been used to show you every engine component in detail. 3D animations show how each engine and component works. 2D images have been used to highlight areas of interest.

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Who this course is for

  1. Mechanical engineering students or professionals
  2. Automotive technicians or mechanics
  3. Enthusiasts interested in engine performance and tuning
  4. Industrial designers or manufacturers of engines and related components
  5. Students or professionals in fields related to transportation, including aviation and marine industries
  6. Researchers or scientists involved in developing new engine technologies
  7. Environmentalists or policy-makers involved in regulations related to engines and emissions
  8. Anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanics and workings of the most common type of engine used in vehicles today.

What you'll learn

  1. Understand the functioning of petrol and diesel engines and their key components.
  2. Develop an understanding of internal combustion engines and their working principles.
  3. Learn the mechanics of two stroke and four stroke engines.
  4. Differentiate between petrol/gasoline and diesel engines and understand their applications and differences.
  5. Identify and explain the main components of an engine, including their roles and interactions in the engine's operation, such as the crankshaft, piston, camshaft, and more.



Course Content

8 Sections 15 Lectures 1h 43m total length

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