Fundamentals of Internal Combustion Engines

Short Course Description

This short course provides a fundamental background of spark-ignited and compression-ignited engines for passenger cars and light-duty trucks, covering the working principles, basic mechanical components, geometric and operating parameters, thermodynamic processes, operations of air, fuel and combustion systems, along with integration with transmissions and powertrains, engine cycle analysis, modeling and control, and new trends in IC engines.

The short course has a duration of approximately eight hours and can be delivered live or as a self-paced online seminar.

Basic knowledge of thermodynamics and automotive systems is required.

Live short courses can be customized to fit the needs of your organization!


Upon completion of this short course, students will gain knowledge in:

  • An overview of engine types 
  • Working principles and basic mechanical components
  • Definition of geometric and operating parameters and performance
  • Engines as an integral part of powertrains and vehicles
  • Engine cycle analysis
  • Modes of combustion and fuels 
  • Fueling, ignition and cooling systems, emissions modes of combustion and fuels
  • An overview of after-treatment systems
  • Engine control, sensors and actuators


Marcello canova

Marcello Canova is an associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University, and associate director for Graduate and Continuing Education at the Center for Automotive Research. His research focuses on the optimization and control of propulsion systems, including internal combustion engines, hybrid-electric drivetrains, energy storage systems and thermal management.

Canova’s work in energy optimization of advanced powertrains has led to significant fuel economy benefits and has been implemented in production programs by major OEMs. In addition, he has published over 110 articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings and received, among others, the SAE Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award (2009), the SAE Ralph E. Teetor Educational Award (2016), the NSF CAREER Award (2016), the Lumley Research Award (2016) and the Michael J. Moran Award for Excellence in Teaching (2017).