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Course MV-LAF-86303-K-4

Combustion Engines (3V+1U, 7.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
- K Lecture with exercise classes (V/U) 7.0 CP 154 h
3 V Lecture 42 h
1 U Lecture hall exercise class 14 h
(3V+1U) 7.0 CP 56 h 154 h


CP, Effort 7.0 CP = 210 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe
Level [4] Bachelor (Specialization)
Language [DE] German
Area of study [MV-LAF] Vehicle Propulsion Systems
Additional informations
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


  • Basic operating principles of combustion engines, systematics and designs
  • Engine and operating parameters
  • Thermodynamics of the combustion engine: operating principles, idealized processes, loss analysis/energy balance
  • Operating process of gasoline engines: mixture formation, ignition, combustion/combustion systems, pollutant formation
  • Operating process of diesel engines: injection, mixture formation/auto-ignition/combustion, combustion systems, pollutant formation
  • Gas exchange and turbocharging: gas exchange in four-stroke and two-stroke reciprocating engines, variabilities; supercharging methods and their relevance for engine operation
  • Exhaust emissions and exhaust aftertreatment: effects of exhaust pollutants, legal regulations, exhaust aftertreatment systems
  • Engine dynamics: kinematics, forces and moments in the engine, mass balancing, rotational non-uniformity
  • Development trends for future combustion engine based powertrains: general situation, engine-internal measures for reducing CO2 and pollutants, alternative fuels, operating point shift and hybridization

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Students will be able to
  • name and explain engine designs and basic engine processes,
  • analyze and assess engine combustion in terms of thermodynamics,
  • explain and evaluate the influences of gas exchange, injection and mixture formation as well as ignition or auto-ignition on the combustion quality of gasoline and diesel engines,
  • understand the formation of exhaust pollutants in internal combustion engines and explain measures for avoiding or reducing the formation of pollutants and for their aftertreatment,
  • name and explain measures for reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by means of engine-internal measures and by specifying appropriate operating strategies for the respective drive system,
  • use the above knowledge and skills to solve basic research and development tasks in engine development.


  • Basshuysen: Handbuch Verbrennungsmotor, Springer Verlag
  • Eichlseder, Klüting & Piock: Grundlagen und Technologien des Ottomotors - Der Fahrzeugantrieb. Wien: Springer-Verlag.
  • Golloch, R.: Downsizing bei Verbrennungsmotoren. Springer-Verlag.
  • Merker & Teichmann: Grundlagen Verbrennungsmotoren - Funktionsweise, Simulation, Messtechnik. Springer Vieweg.
  • Pischinger, R., Kell, M. & Theodor, S.: Thermodynamik der Verbrennungskraftmaschine. Wien: Springer-Verlag.
  • Motortechnische Zeitschrift (MTZ), Springer-Verlag.
  • SAE Automotive Engineering (Magazin englischsprachig), SAE International.


Presentation, blackboard

References to Course [MV-LAF-86303-K-4]

Module Name Context
[MV-LAF-B108-M-4] Combustion Engines P: Obligatory 3V+1U, 7.0 LP