Performance Development of Internal Combustion Engines

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Course Overview

This course, which is intended for engineers working on spark-ignition and diesel engines, starts with fundamental scientific processes, and then breaks down the complex interactions that determine performance, efficiency and emissions. Break-out sessions will emphasize specific applications to diesel and spark-ignition engines.

Who Should Attend?

Who should attend?

  • Engineering directors and managers leading projects that include responsibility for engine performance or calibration development.
  • Research engineers and scientists studying engine combustion, fluid mechanics, or heat transfer and who desire product application experience.
  • Experienced technicians and drafters looking to gain an understanding of the underlying engineering principles of engine performance development.
  • Those involved in vehicle design or engine application who would like to understand the engineering principles underlying an engine’s resulting performance

Course Outline

Engine Overview and Terminology

Pressure-Volume Analysis

Engine Operating Map & Engine Breathing

Turbocharging and Supercharging

Air Handling in Spark-Ignition Engines and in Diesel Engines


Combustion Process Overview

Spark-Ignition and Diesel Combustion

Optimizing for Fuel Economy

Exhaust Emission Overview

Second Law Analysis of Engine Performance

Emission Mechanisms and Control

Combustion System Development (Option A, Spark-Ignition Engines; Option B, Diesel Engines)

The Future of Engines


David Foster

David Foster is the Phil and Jean Myers Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the past director of the UW Engine Research Center. He has more than 40 years of experience in diesel and spark-ignition combustion research, and continues to be a consultant throughout the internal combustion engine industry and at US National Laboratories. Through these efforts he has gained practical engine development experience to complement his expertise in the fundamental sciences. Foster holds a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kevin Hoag

Kevin Hoag is the associate director of the Engine Research Center and a program director with the Department of Engineering Professional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has more than 30 years of experience in diesel and spark-ignition development, including 16 years at Cummins Engine Company as the founding manager of their heat and fluids organization. Kevin is widely published in engine development and engineering education and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Program Director

Michael Andrie


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