Course detail

Semester Project

FSI-QS3Acad. year: 2017/2018

This course enables students to acquire the desirable habits of independent design work, with special focus upon the piston combustion engines. Lectures serve to communicate the concept and the procedures related to planning the essential dimensions of an engine. The draft of dimensions of basic engine parts and a preliminary calculation for assessing the preliminary strength. Seminars help to work out a computerized protocol of the basic project parameters of an engine and a corresponding drawing documentation of selected engine parts.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

This course makes students familiar with complex improvement findings of the branch when designing a piston internal combustion engine.


Design of machine parts, kinematics and dynamics of machine mechanism, evaluation of these elements regarding mechanics and elasticity and strength. Thermo cycles of combustion engines and thermal load. Combustion engines maps.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Rauscher, J.: Ročníkový projekt,Studijní opory,VUT Brno, 2005
TAYLOR, CH. F.: The Internal Combustion Engine in Theory and Praxis
STONE, R.: Internal Combustion Engines
Kožoušek, J.: Výpočet a konstrukce spalovacích motorů I, SNTL Praha 1978
RICARDO, R. - HEMPSON, J.: The High-speed Internal-combustion Engine.
HEISLER, H.: Advanced engine technology. Butterworth-Heinemann 2002. ISBN 1-5609-1-734-2.
YAMAGATA, H.: The science and technology of materials in automotive engines. Woodhead Publishing 2005. ISBN 978-1-85573-742-6

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Graded course-unit credit requirements: a presentation in seminars and submitting a calculation protocol and drawing documentation. Final evaluation consists of: corectness of calculation and elaboration of drawing and graphic layout of the submitted materials.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to practise the collation of theoretical findings, which students learned in other courses.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance in seminars is obligatory, checked by a teacher. The way of compensation of an absence is solved individually with a subject provider.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-ADI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch M-ADI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 7 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1.Project of conception and main proportion of piston internal combustion engines.
2.Characteristic stress behavior of parts of piston internal combustion engines.
3.Design of main proportion and check strength calculation of piston.
4.Strength calculation of piston pin. Calculation of straining piston ring.
5.Project of proportion and check calculation of connecting rod small eye.
6.Check strength calculation of shaft and head of connecting rod. Strength checking of connecting rod screws.
7.Project of proportion and check strength calculation of crankshaft.
8.Project of proportion and check calculation of flywheel.
9.Stress and check calculation parts of valve timing mechanism.
10.Calculation of cam shaft, tappet and push rod.
11.Check strength calculation valve rocker of valve spring.
12.Project of oil system of engine. Oil pump.
13.Fluid cooling. Cooler, pump, ventilator.

Computer-assisted exercise

78 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Project submission. Project of engine conception.
Start CAD program Pro/Engineer and introduction to base modeling.
2. Calculation of kinematics of crank mechanism of engine.
Create a solid feature using extrude, revolve and sweep tools.
3. Construction of pressure-volume diagram of real engine.
Create parallel blend and engineering features as round and chamfer.
4. Process of forces, which act to piston, piston pin, tangential forces and torque moment.
Advanced modeling: creating a helical sweep by sweeping a section along a helical trajectory, boundary blend feature between references entities in one or two directions.
5. Continuance torque moment on crankshaft journal.
Creating clasic and industry-stadard holes. Creating Draft feature to individual surfaces. Creating 3D dimensions in the part.
6. Continuance torque moment on connecting rod pins.
Creating user relations and customizing user interface.
7. Engine balancing.
Creating sub and main assembly.
8. Project of fundamental proportion of piston.
Creating of drawings from Pro/E models.
9. Production drawing of piston.
Reverse engineering extension – RESTYLE option.
10. Production drawing of piston.
Structural and motion analysis.
11. Project of piston pin.
Consulting with students about their CAD projects.
12. Production drawing of piston pin.
Consulting with students about their CAD projects.
13. Production drawing of piston pin.
Check students projects.