Engine Fundamentals – Internal Combustion

Engine Fundamentals: Internal Combustion introduces learners to the basic components, concepts, and general terminology often associated with automotive engines. The various systems critical to the internal combustion process are brought to life in this course using realistic 3D models, helpful animations, and interactive quizzes. The material in this course is beneficial for both those who are experienced and practiced in automotive engines and related concepts, and those who are new to the field.


Learning Objectives

  • Recall some of the primary components of an internal combustion engine.
  • Recognize elements of the fuel system, and how the elements relate to the engine.
  • Understand some common components of the ignition system.
  • Recall the elements in induction and exhaust systems.
  • Distinguish between the various processes in the cranktrain and valvetrain systems.
  • Recognize the automotive elements that provide cooling and lubrication.
Course Length: 4.5 HRS

Table of Contents

Engine Parts and Properties

  • What is an Engine?
  • Engine Labeling and Classification
  • Basic Engine Components
  • Engine Cycles
  • Gasoline vs. Diesel
  • Engine Management Systems

Cranktrain and Valvetrain Systems

  • Cranktrain System
    • Piston
    • Crankshaft
    • Flywheel
  • Valvetrain System
    • Camshaft
    • Intake and Exhaust Valves
    • Cam Phasing

Fuel and Ignition Systems

  • Fuel System
    • Fuel Pump
    • Fuel Injector
    • Throttle Body
    • Carburetor
  • Ignition System
    • Ignition Coil
    • Distributor
    • Spark Plug
    • Alternator

Induction and Exhaust Systems

  • Induction System
    • Turbocharger
    • Supercharger
    • Intake Manifold
  • Exhaust System
    • Exhaust Manifold
    • Catalytic Converter
    • Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR)
    • Air Injection and Recirculation (AIR)

Cooling and Lubrication Systems

  • Cooling System
    • Water Pump
    • Thermostat
    • Radiator
  • Lubrication System
    • Oil Filter
    • Oil Pump

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