MECH 3304 - Engine Characteristics Theory, 4 Credits

Prerequisite(s): MECH 2123 with D or better

Level: Lower

A study of the chemistry of hydrocarbon families obtained from crude oil, their refinement and use of fuels and lubricants. Physical characteristics of various fuels and lubricants and ASTM testing procedures. Methods to determine the air fuel ratios through exhaust gas analysis. Study of engine performance characteristics. Study of electronic engine controls and automotive systems. Experiments and demonstrations covering combustion phenomena, injection, ignition, lubrication and emission systems, dynamometer characteristics and test instrumentation. SAE and ASTM testing procedures for fuels, lubricants and carburetion devices. Evaluation of air-fuel ratios. Application of test instrumentation and analysis techniques and computer analysis of test results. Experience with computer based data acquisition/data reduction procedures.