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ME50349: Engine and powertrain technologies

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX-OB 50%*
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • CV19 Presentation* (CW 2%)
  • CV19 Review Paper* (CW 18%)
  • CV19 Final Report* (CW 30%)
  • Open book Examination with a duration of more tha 72 hours* (EX-OB 50%)

*Assessment updated due to Covid-19 disruptions
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
ME50349B - Mandatory Extra Work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To examine the technology, operation and application of IC engines and to analyse the criteria governing IC engine design, performance, combustion and emissions.
* To introduce the students to the broader social and economic factors which govern the design and development of vehicles and transportation systems.
* To provide a knowledge of alternative automotive powertrain systems and advanced engine developments.
* To provide an appreciation of experimental and analytical methods and procedures relevant to engine and vehicle development.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit a student will be able to:
* Discuss the parameters that define IC engine performance.
* Identify the distinct operating characteristics of different classifications of IC engines.
* Describe the thermodynamic and mechanical constraints governing engine design.
* Explain the environmental issues concerning future IC engine development.
* Identify the different alternative automotive propulsion systems and their operating characteristics.
* Describe the advanced IC engine developments taking place with regard to achieving lower fuel consumption and emissions.
* Explain the impact of environmental and social issues on transport legislation and vehicle manufacture.


* Problem solving
* Numeracy
* working independently
* written communication and writing for publication
* working as part of a group.

Thermodynamic and mechanical principles; combustion and fuels; spark and compression ignition engines; fuelling systems; induction, in-cylinder and exhaust processes; emission formation and reduction/prevention; automotive emission legislation; case studies; introduction to IC engine simulation techniques. Technology implications of developing alternative automotive propulsion systems; IC engine emission characteristics and emission reduction developments. Use of alternative fuels, technological and resource implications: GTL, BTL, biofuels, Hydrogen. Alternative automotive powertrains including regenerative and hybrid systems. The global and legislative perspective on transport issues. Environmental aspects and the use of natural resources.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME50349 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering