Open to students
of all nationalities having a bachelor degree

  • mechanical
  • transport
  • electro

Unique in Europe
two years master studies

  • high level of technical studies


  • combined with language studies

International cooperation
of six renowned universities

  • CTU in Prague
  • HAN
  • ENSTA Bretagne


  • ITB Bandung
  • TU Chemnitz
  • IFP Paris


Double degree
from two countries

  • depending on chosen universities and specialisations


  • Study stay in at least 2 countries

Eight specialisations
offered in the second year of study

  • Advanced Powertrains
  • Design of Vehicles
  • Alternative Powertrains
  • Modelisation and Computation

Eight specialisations
offered in the second year of study

  • Vehicle Dynamics and Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Powertrains
  • Engines and Fuels

Theory of ICE and Simulation

Type Compulsory
Semester winter
Contact hours (62) 4 + 1
Number of credits 5
Type of termination Assessment + Exam
Form Lectures + exercises
Lecturers Doc. Ing. Oldřich Vítek, Ph.D.


Theoretical description of internal combustion engine (ICE) is presented - description of important physical phenomena including their mathematical models.


  • Basic conservation laws - mass, momentum and energy.
  • Basics of ICE combustion - laminar/turbulent flame, physical/chemical induction time.
  • Application of thermodynamic laws to combustion case - 1st law of thermodynamics, "chemical" enthalpy and lower heating value of fuel, adiabatic flame temperature. Basics of combustion chemistry - equilibrium, kinetics.
  • Chained chemical reactions, chemical mechanism of hydrogen/hydrocarbon, introduction to pollutant production in ICE.
  • Combustion in ICE - time evolution (rate of heat release), different combustion systems (SI, CI, HCCI, CAI, PCI, etc).
  • In-cylinder turbulence and its influence on in-cylinder transport processes.
  • SI engine combustion - rate of heat release (ROHR), turbulent flame structure, influence of turbulence, thermodynamic analysis (single/multi-zone model), Tabaczynski model, mixture ignition, influence of ROHR on ICE thermodynamic cycle (including cyclic variations), incorrect combustion modes (knocking, incomplete combustion, etc.), limits of stable ICE operation.
  • CI engine combustion - high-pressure fuel injection, combustible mixture formation, fuel jet time evolution, fuel drops (size distribution, SMD, time decay, evaporation), fuel jet interaction with walls and with in-cylinder large-scale flow strucutre(s), ROHR, influence on ICE thermodynamic cycle.
  • Combustion chamber geometry shape - SI/CI engines, influence on in-cylinder flow structure.
  • Homogeneous combustion (HCCI), CAI, etc. - general properties, advantages/disadvantages, simplified description.
  • Pollutant production in ICE - pollutant formation of general point of view, specifics of different combustion systems (SI, CI, etc.), NOx formation in SI engine (Zeldovich model), CO formation, unburnt hydrocarbons formation, estimate of exhaust gas composition.
  • Energy fluxes in ICE - heat transfer (Woschni, Eichelberg), detailed thermodynamic analysis, warm-up of exhaust manifold.
  • Mechanical losses in ICE - mechanical efficiency, simplified models.


Study materials

  • Keywood, J.B.: Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals. McGraw-Hill, London, England. 1988. ISBN 0-07-028637-X.
  • Macek, J. - Suk, B.: Spalovací motory I. Skripta ČVUT.

Czech Technical University in Prague

Technicka 4
16607 Prague 6
Czech republic

Phone: +420 224 352 499
Fax: +420 224 352 500


ITB – Institut Teknologi Bandung
Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Jl. Ganesa 10
40132 Bandung

Phone: +62-22-2504243
Fax: +62-22-2534099


TU Chemnitz
Technische Universität Chemnitz Fakultät für Maschinenbau

Reichenhainerstr. 70, A016
D-09126 Chemnitz
Deutschland (Germany)

Phone: +49 371 531 31079
Fax: +49 371 531 831079


HAN – Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen
Institut of Automotive Engineering and Management

Ruitenberglaan 29
NL-6802 CC Arnhem
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0)6 55 20 88 19
Phone: +31 (0)26 365 82 15


ENSTA Bretagne
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées Bretagne

2, rue Francois Verny
F-29806 Brest Cedex 9

Phone: +33 (0)2 98 34 89 11
Fax: +33 (0)2 98 34 88 00


CTU in Prague
Coordinator of MAE

Gabriela Achtenová

IT Bandung | Head of Mechanical
Design Research Group

Andi Isra Mahyuddin

TU Chemnitz
Coordinator of MAE

Diana Lohse

HAN in Arnhem
Masters program manager

Kea Bouwman

ENSTA Bretagne
Coordinator of MAE

Yann Marco