Engine Testing

Theory and Practice


  • A. J. MARTYR, Test industry expert with 40+ years' experience, most recently with AVL, UK
  • M A PLINT, Former Lead Test Engineer, AVL Engine Instrumentation and Test Systems, UK

This book brings together the large and scattered body of information on the theory and practice of engine testing, to which any engineer responsible for work of this kind must have access. Engine testing is a fundamental part of development of new engine and powertrain systems, as well as of the modification of existing systems. It forms a significant part of the practical work of many automotive and mechanical engineers, in the auto manufacturing companies, their suppliers suppliers, specialist engineering services organisations, the motor sport sector, hybrid vehicles and tuning sector. The eclectic nature of engine, powertrain, chassis and whole vehicle testing makes this comprehensive book a true must-have reference for those in the automotive industry as well as more advanced students of automotive engineering.
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Professional and student automotive engineers, testing and test-cell engineers, vehicle systems designers


Book information

  • Published: June 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8439-2


"..this is a well presented book which is packed with much useful information of a practical nature, but also dealing with fundamental theory of subjects involved. The book should be essential reading for anyone involved with engine testing, but it will also be a very useful work for any engineering undergraduate due to the coverage of the many individual topics brought together under the general heading of engine testing."--Marine Engineers Review

Table of Contents

System integration, specification and project organisationThe Test Cell as a Thermodynamic SystemTest cell and Control Room design: an overall viewVentilation and air conditioningVibration and noise Flow systems: fuel, water, and exhaustDynamometers and the measurement of torqueElectrical design considerationsTest cell control and data acquisition.Measurement of fuel consumptionCoupling the engine to the dynamometer Thermal efficiency and measurement of heat losses.The Combustion process, combustion analysis and measurement of mechanical lossesExhaust emissionsFuels, fuel & lubricant testing and tribologyChassis dynamometersComputerised test sequences Data handling, post test processing and host computer systemsThe pursuit of accuracy