Engine Heat Transfer

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Course Overview

Internal Combustion Engines are riddled with heat transfers that can make or break engine functionality.  This course focuses in on transfer in/out of the combustion chamber and the effects of each.  Upon completion of this course, learners will:

  • Understand the various systems within an engine that experience energy transfer and the effects on each.
  • Become familiar with key terminology and mathematical equations associated with heat transfer between those systems.
  • Be introduced to Zero-Dimensional thermodynamic models, thermal loading in component structural analysis and Multi-Dimensional modelling.
  • Gain a familiarity with coolant characteristics and cooling circuit considerations
  • Have a foundation in cooling jacket design/development, impacts of temperature control within an engine and thermal mapping techniques.

Ultimately, this course will arm learners with knowledge of the impacts/effects of the heat transfer paths within an internal combustion engine.

Who Should Attend?

Those wanting to gain deeper knowledge on the applications, impacts and considerations given Heat Transfer through systems within Internal Combustion Engines.  The content in this intermediate course appeals to engineers, engineering students, ICE enthusiasts and management responsible for overall engine design.

Course Outline

Module 1 – Tracking the Energy

Module 2 – In-Cylinder Processes and Correlations

Module 3 – Practical approaches to heat transfer

Module 4 – Coolants and Cooling Circuits

Module 5 – Temperature Contro Requirements

Module 6 – Cooling Jacket Development

Module 7 – Thermal Mapping I

Module 8 – Thermal Mapping II


Kevin Hoag

Mr. Hoag has over 40 years of experience in diesel and gasoline engine development, both in industrial and academic environments, and is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He holds the position of Institute Engineer, the highest technical level position at SwRI and currently chairs SwRI’s Advisory Committee for Research (ACR). His experience is wide ranging and includes both diesel and spark-ignition combustion, engine performance development, emission control, engine layout and balance, casting, forging and materials, structural fatigue analysis, air handling, cooling, and lubrication systems. He also has extensive experience with customer interaction, engine application and service, and engineering education.

Mr. Hoag’s work experience includes two years in automotive heat exchanger development (Modine Mfg.), 16 years in diesel engine development (Cummins, Inc.), and 14 years in engineering education and engine research (University of Wisconsin) all prior to joining SwRI in 2013. He continues to hold an appointment at the University of Wisconsin, teaching one graduate course by distance each semester.

Specific highlights of Mr. Hoag’s technical contributions include development of explicit formulation for Second Law analysis of IC engines, creation and management of the Heat & Fluids group at Cummins, Inc. and Founding Director and Lead Developer of the Master of Engineering in Engine Systems (MEES) Program at the University of Wisconsin.

PATENTS & PUBLICATIONS: Two patents, two textbooks (Vehicular Engine Design, Springer-Verlag, 2015, and Skill Development for Engineers, IEE Press, 1999), and over 30 technical publications. Engine design editor for the Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2015.

HONORS & AWARDS: Arch Colwell Merit Award for Outstanding Technical Publication, Society of Automotive Engineers; Two-time recipient of SAE Outstanding Younger Member Award; Elected Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers in 2017; Directed group at Cummins that received the inaugural Glen L. Martin Award for Corporate Leadership in Continuing Engineering Education from the International Association for Continuing Engineering Education.

PROFESSIONAL CHRONOLOGY: Gateway Technical Institute: Automotive Technology student, 1973-74; University of Wisconsin: Engineering and English undergraduate student, 1975-78; Modine Mfg.: engineer, 1978-80; University of Wisconsin: Mechanical Engineering graduate student, 1980-82; Cummins, Inc.: 1982-1998 (Advanced Engines and Systems: engineer, 1982-84; Engine Design & Analysis: group leader, 1984-86; Heat & Fluids: manager, 1986-88; Performance Development and Experimental Mechanics: L10 and M11 engines assistant chief engineer, 1989-91; Continuing Engineering Education: director, 1992-98); University of Wisconsin: 1999-2013 (Engine Research Center: associate director, 1999-2013; Engineering Professional Development: program director, 1999-2013); Southwest Research Institute: staff engineer, 2013-14; institute engineer, 2014-present.

MEMBERSHIPS: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE); Tau Beta Pi Engineering honors fraternity.

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