I.D.# PD130944ON
Access Period: 1 Year
Duration: 10 Hours

In this e-seminar, Dr. William Mark McVea covers the most relevant topics related to internal combustion engines - ranging from the chemistry of combustion to the kinematics of modern internal components. You will gain a practical, thorough approach to the basics of most common designs of internal combustion engines as they apply to the gaseous cycles, thermodynamics and heat transfer to the major components, and the design theories that embody these concepts.

The more than ten hour e-seminar is broken into ten modules including insights into two- and four-stroke cycles, principle operational differences of various fuels, timing and working relationships among internal components, limitations to current designs, and the evaluation of new designs.

Is this e-Seminar for You?
If you are a powertrain engineer, component supplier, vehicle platform powertrain development specialist, or involved in the application, design and discussion of engines, this e-Seminar is for you. It is recommended that e-seminar viewers have an undergraduate engineering degree.

This course satisfies a requirement in the Spark Ignition (SI) Engine Certificate Program.

Click on the Requirements tab to make sure you are properly equipped to interact with this course.

1 CEUs

Testimonial
"The course is well-designed and expertly taught. It far exceeded my expectations and is a great introduction to internal combustion engines."
Matt Jackson
Manager
Southwest Research Institute

"I was challenged to learn more. It was a great introduction to Internal Combustion Engines."
Paul Slater
Wescast Industries, Inc.

"Highly recommend to new hires."
Brian Gross
Senior Project Engineer
Polaris Industries, Inc.

Prefer this course in person? Consider attending the classroom seminar The Basics of Internal Combustion Engines, or ask SAE Corporate Learning Solutions to bring it to your location.

Objectives

By participating in this e-Seminar, you will be able to:

  • Discuss in detail the basic functioning and component interaction in a modern internal combustion engine, specifically; two and four-stroke cycles as they relate to reciprocating and rotary engine designs.
  • Describe the general thermodynamic concepts governing the operation of an internal combustion engine and its various cycles
  • Compare the principle operational differences of the various fuels used in internal combustion engines, their availability, and understand the applicability of each
  • Discuss the function and operation of all major components and systems within a modern internal combustion engine
  • Identify the operational principles behind the timing and working relationships among all internal components, and articulate the importance of this inter-relationship
  • Recognize the limitations of the current designs and implementations of the modern internal combustion engine
  • Perform a basic assessment and evaluation of new, cutting-edge designs and new powertrain initiatives as they apply to the mobility industry

Topics

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  • Fundamental Operating Procedures
  • Engine Technology Development
  • Fuel Delivery Systems
  • Valve Train
  • Component and Event Timing
  • Fuels and Combustion
  • Ignition
  • Emissions and Controls
  • Thermodynamics
  • Energy Conversion Kinematics and Mechanisms

Instructor(s): William Mark McVea

Dr. William Mark McVea, P.E., is currently President and Principal Engineer of KBE+, Inc. where he and his team design and develop complete powertrains for automotive and off-highway vehicles. Dr. McVea has held many positions within the mechanical drive and powertrain industry; most recently as Chief Technology Officer for Torvec, Inc., an industry leader in the design and development of patented powertrain engineering technology used primarily in the automotive industry. His prior positions include Professor of Vehicle Dynamics and Powertrain Sciences in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology and adjunct professor at Purdue University in their Automotive Sciences Department. He was also formerly a manager of the CAE group within a tier-one powertrain supplier to global automotive markets, a consulting engineer in vehicle dynamics with Gear Consultants, Inc., and a project manager of traction systems for off-highway vehicles with Clark-Hurth International. Dr. McVea has published extensively on the topics of transmission systems, automated design assistant systems, knowledge systems and knowledge based engineering in general. He also holds or is listed as co-inventor on numerous patents related to mechanical power transmissions. Dr. McVea holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in Design Engineering from Purdue University and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Materials Provided

  • 365 days of single-user access (from date of purchase) to the 10 hour course
  • Links to streaming video modules
  • Course Handbook (downloadable, .pdf's, subject to DRM)
  • Online Pre-test (self-test, immediate results)
  • Online Post-test (submit to SAE)
  • Instructor follow up to your content questions
  • 1.0 CEUs*/Certificate of Achievement (with satisfactory post-test score)
*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.

About e-Seminars

SAE "e-Seminars" are electronically delivered seminars featuring full-motion video illustrated with synchronized presentation slides. e-Seminars are based on some of SAE's most highly attended and rated classroom seminars.

Equipment Requirements

  • Windows 2000, XP, 7 (Not currently supported by Windows Vista)
  • Pentium III PC
  • Minimum 128 MB RAM; recommended 256 MB RAM
  • Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, & 9 browser (IE 10 & 11, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Unix/Linus based browsers are not currently supported)
  • Adobe Flash Player 8.0 & above
  • Broadband-128Kbps and above
  • 1024 X 768 Screen Resolution
  • Sound Card/Speakers

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