Engine Testing

3rd Edition

Theory and Practice

Authors: A. J. Martyr M A PLINT
Print ISBN: 9780750684392
eBook ISBN: 9780080524726
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 7th June 2007
Page Count: 464
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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.

Key Features

  • The only book dedicated to engine testing; over 4000 copies sold of the second edition
  • Covers all key aspects of this large topic, including test-cell set up, data management, dynamometer selection and use, air, thermal, combustion, mechanical, and emissions assessment
  • Most automotive engineers are involved with many aspects covered by this book, making it a must-have reference


Professional and student automotive engineers, testing and test-cell engineers, vehicle systems designers

Table of Contents

System integration, specification and project organisation The Test Cell as a Thermodynamic System Test cell and Control Room design: an overall view Ventilation and air conditioning Vibration and noise Flow systems: fuel, water, and exhaust Dynamometers and the measurement of torque Electrical design considerations Test cell control and data acquisition. Measurement of fuel consumption Coupling the engine to the dynamometer Thermal efficiency and measurement of heat losses. The Combustion process, combustion analysis and measurement of mechanical losses Exhaust emissions Fuels, fuel & lubricant testing and tribology Chassis dynamometers Computerised test sequences Data handling, post test processing and host computer systems The pursuit of accuracy


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About the Author

A. J. Martyr

A.J. Martyr has held senior technical positions with several of the major test plant manufacturers and consultancy firms over the last 40 years. He is now Honorary Visiting Professor of Powertrain Engineering at Bradford University. M.A.Plint died in November 1998, four days after the publication of the second edition and after a long and distinguished career in engineering and authoriship.

Affiliations and Expertise

Test industry expert with 40+ years' experience, most recently with AVL, UK


Affiliations and Expertise

Former Lead Test Engineer, AVL Engine Instrumentation and Test Systems, UK


"..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