Fundamentals of Reciprocating Engine Design

Learning objectives

  • Describe the operation of liquid fuel-ignited and spark-ignited (Otto Cycle) reciprocating engines
  • Describe the operation of a compression-ignited (Diesel Cycle) reciprocating engine
  • List the types of fuels commonly used in reciprocating engines
  • Describe common reciprocating engine fuel systems, including the following components:
    • Fuel pumps
    • Gas ramps
    • Fuel rack
  • Explain the operation of a dual-fuel (DF) reciprocating engine
  • Describe the function of the following reciprocating engine components:
    • Turbocharger
    • Compressed Air Systems
    • Cooling Water Pumps
    • Lube Oil Pumps

Course overview

Reciprocating engines are used at power plants throughout the world to provide flexible and efficient generation. The Fundamentals of Reciprocating Engine Design training course introduces the most common types of reciprocating engines and their major components. It also describes the major component functions as applied to power generation.

This online training course explains the combustion process. It also covers fuel types and additional delivery methods. This course is part of the Reciprocating Engine Power Plants series.

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