Internal Combustion Engine Basics

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Internal Combustion Engine Basics

Learn how internal combustion engines work! Learn all of a combustion engine's main components, how two and four stroke combustion cycles work and how engine systems work!

updated on icon Updated on Oct, 2023

language icon Language - English

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architecture icon Teaching & Academics,Mechanical Engineering

Lectures -18

Resources -1

Duration -1.5 hours


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Course Description

Internal combustion (IC) engines are not only used in the automotive engineering and automobile engineering industries. They are used to rotate pumps, generator rotors, fans and many other machines. But what are internal combustion engines? Why do we use petrol/gasoline and diesel fuels instead of just one type of fuel? And how do these astounding machines work? This course will answer all of these questions and many more!

Irrespective of your background, learning about internal combustion engines will benefit you greatly. They are used as prime movers in cars, vans, trains, motorbikes, scooters, lawnmowers, leaf blowers and many other machines. So even if you are not an engineer, or training to become one, the knowledge you gain will always be useful, because a combustion engine is never far away!

This course is taught by an engineer with 17 years experience...you're in good hands!

Interactive 3D models have been used to show you every engine component in detail.

3D animations show how each engine and component works.

2D images have been used to highlight areas of interest.

Hope to see you on the course!


What will you learn in this course:

  • How petrol and diesel engines work.
  • How internal combustion (IC) engines work.
  • How two stroke engines work.
  • How four stroke engines work.
  • What the differences between petrol/gasoline and diesel engines are.
  • Identify all of an engine's main components and their function (crankshaft, piston, camshaft etc.).


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • You only need a desire to learn!
Internal Combustion Engine Basics


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

2 Lectures
  • play icon Course Overview 01:36 01:36
  • play icon Welcome 04:37 04:37
Engine Exterior
1 Lectures
Common Engine Components
1 Lectures
Combustion Engine Cycles
2 Lectures
Gasoline/Petrol and Diesel Engine Comparison
1 Lectures
Life Support Systems
7 Lectures
Final Thoughts
1 Lectures
Course Resources
2 Lectures

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