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High Performance Engine Design and Development C0725

Ever since Beau de Rochas patented the four stroke cycle in 1862, engineers have pursued the development of high performance engines for road and racing applications at an accelerated pace. While this course will not cover such ancient history, it will focus on engine design and development advances over the last 40 years from "BC to AD" ("Before Cosworth to After Duckworth"), covering the concepts and designs behind the modern racing engines for series including Formula One, Indy Cars, the IRL, and NASCAR.

This course will help you determine how to design a championship-winning racing engine including many of the key calculations that support the pursuit of power. Attention to detail on every aspect of engine design is emphasized with focus on applying simple math, physics, and even plain old common sense, rather than relying heavily on sophisticated software.

The course begins with a review of the major advances in engine design , then explores the design of the engine's primary systems and structures including oil systems, cam drive systems, water systems, inlet systems, exhaust systems, cylinder heads, cylinder blocks, and sumps. It will then explore how combustion works and how to analyze the major parameters involved in burning different fuels. This will be followed by the design and optimization of inlet and exhaust systems and applying mathematics via simple excel spread sheets to determine the key factors for cam design, port design, inlet and exhaust tuning, and turbocharger / supercharger matching for those formulae that permit the use of boost to increase the inlet pressure. The day concludes with a discussion and opportunities to continue design exercises that will allow attendees to put into practice several of the key concepts learned throughout the seminar.

Detailed course notes and illustrations are provided along with example calculations to enable the attendee to calculate the key parameters required in the design and development of racing engines.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Describe the key parameters and choices facing the high performance engine designer
  • Consider a variety of tips and solutions which can be applied by both design and development engineers to enhance the performance of competition engines
  • Select "the least worse design solution" for any particular problem
  • Summarize the major advances in engine design over the past 40 years

Who Should Attend
This course is for individuals with a thirst to improve their understanding of what makes a racing engine a championship winner. It can be valuable to those responsible for engine design, component design, and overall engine performance calculations or those who are merely interested in the subject.

An undergraduate engineering degree or a strong automotive technical background is highly recommended. A basic knowledge of college algebra, college physics, and a familiarity with how we currently think engines work is helpful.
  • Engines from BC to AD
    A brief outline of racing engine history covering the design and development of several famous racing engines to highlight how fundamentally different approaches to design and manufacturing can generate championship winning engines for various classes of racing
  • Detailed Design of Engine Systems
    • How does a modern racing engine work and why?
    • Review of fundamental systems of the modern racing engine
  • Engine Structures
    • Designing from the inside out, focusing on performance design
    • Adding the structures to integrate the load paths throughout the engine core
  • Combustion
    • How any given fuel burns and what the combustion processes are that underpin performance
    • Combustion kinetics and fuel chemistry to enable calculation of energy release, peak combustion temperatures, and tail pipe emissions for any fuels or fuel mixtures.
    • Major fuel types and how to deal with any fuel starting from its basic chemical equations
  • Engine Tuning
    • Inlet systems
    • Exhaust systems
    • Simple math for optimizing tuning orders and lengths
    • Camshafts
  • Turbocharging and Supercharging
    How to calculate the requirements and the major performance parameters before starting the design process
  • Discussion and Design Exercise
    How to design the next engine to move the boundaries of engine performance forward again...
Geoff Goddard

Geoff Goddard is Professor in Motorsport Engineering Design and Head of the Vehicle Engineering Research Group in the School of Technology at Oxford Brookes University in the UK.

Following a position in the gas turbine industry as a Rolls Royce University Apprentice, he joined Cosworth Engineering in 1970 and was later promoted to Chief Designer by Keith Duckworth. The engines he designed made the Cosworth name synonymous with winning including the F1 World Championship as well as World Sportscar, World Touring Car, and World Rallycar championships. Victories also spanned USAC, CART, F3000 titles, and many other prestigious events including the Indy 500, Le Mans, Monaco GP, and Monte Carlo Rally. The Cosworth design portfolio for advanced road engine included engines for Mercedes, Opel, Ford, Chevrolet, Pontiac, and VW, all establishing new industry benchmark standards.

In 1995, he joined TWR as Director of Engine Design responsible for the design and development of engines for clients including Aston Martin DB7, Volvo, Ducati, Renault, SAAB, Audi, GM, Ford, Nissan, and the Oldsmobile Aurora. Many of these programmes included the manufacturing and delivery of engines to the car production lines. Others made TWR and its clients synonymous with winning major championships including the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), World Superbikes Championships, Indy Racing League Championships (IRL), Australian V8 Supercar Championships, plus many prestigious events including the Indy 500, Le Mans, Bathurst, and World Rally Championship events.

While working in these companies, he led the open design-led structure favoured by Duckworth, which allowed a free-flow of information across the boundaries of all technical areas, enabling design engineers to expand their knowledge and vision at an incredible pace. This was demonstrated by their winning results, making Cosworth the best post-graduate university in the world. By joining Oxford Brookes University, he brought some of this vision to their engineering courses and helped initiate new MSc courses in Racing Engine Design and Motorsport Engineering. He has also underpinned PhD research programmes for F1 clients and industrial programmes covering advanced combustion research into future fuels, nano-particle additives, and various championship winning racing programmes.

Geoff's external activities include Director of Geoff Goddard Engines Ltd consulting on engines, Ambassador for EEMS, the British Government's Energy Efficient Motor Sport body, and co-chair for the SAE Motorsport Conference Engine and Drivetrain Panels.

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Fees: $810.00
SAE Members: $648.00 - $729.00

.7 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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Duration: 1 Day
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