Course syllabus

Avancerade förbränningsmotorkoncept
Advanced Combustion Engine Concepts

MVKN55, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2019/20
Decided by: PLED M
Date of Decision: 2019-03-27

General Information

Elective for: M4-tt
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The objectives of the course are, starting from the challenges for current internal combustion engines (ICEs), to present ways to improve ICEs, advanced concepts and alternatives; and provide the tools for investigating them.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must


Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must



Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must



The course starts from the challenges facing current internal combustion engines. The historical development of engines is reviewed to better understand the reasons for current engine designs. Next, experimental and numerical tools are reviewed for investigating the processes occurring in engines, which are used in studying and improving engine designs. Advanced engine concepts and fuels are then discussed, with their merits and challenges. This includes advanced engine controls. Finally, an outlook is given as to where continued research and development of engines and fuels can lead, and how the combustion engine can be part of a sustainable future.

Engine combustion will be analyzed in laboratory exercises. Simulation exercises will also be conducted with the purpose of making the students identify the engine's response to changes to its components and settings as well as running engines virtually. Normally a guest lecture will be given by an expert from industry.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written examination graded with Fail or one of the passing grades 3, 4 or 5 which normally correspond to 40, 60 and 80% of the maximum number of points respectively. In order to qualify for participation in the written examination all of the mandatory laboratory exercises must have been completed with approved reports.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Required prior knowledge: MVKN50 Introduction to Combustion Engines
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: MVK106

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Sebastian Verhelst,
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