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Diesel Engine Cycles, Maintenance, & Control

Learn about diesel engine cycles, maintenance, control, and protection with this free online course.

Free Course
This free online diesel engine course is a follow-on to our diesel engine basics course, and will teach you about cycles, maintenance, and control. You will study the difference between the 4 stroke and 2 stroke engine cycles, the strategies for diesel engine maintenance, and the thermodynamic cycles. You will look into the components through which engine control is accomplished, the centrifugal and electrical-hydraulic governors, and more!
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    3-4 Hours
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This free course Diesel Engine Cycles, Maintenance, & Control is a more advanced course that builds upon the knowledge acquired from our introductory course Diesel Engine Basics. It’s suitable to anyone who already has some diesel engine or automotive engineering knowledge.

Without exception, the reciprocating piston engine is the most influential machine ever invented by mankind. From its early beginnings as a steam engine, the piston engine has revolutionised the way we live, work and travel. This course will go above and beyond in teaching you about this truly amazing machine. You’re going to learn about the 2 stroke & 4 stroke cycles in detail, diesel engine maintenance strategies, how to protect a diesel engine, the starting circuit, and engine control.

Interactive 3D models are used extensively to show you each individual engine component and how these components work together to complete useful work. Start the course today to take your knowledge concerning combustion engines to the next level, with our advanced diesel engine course.

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will:

  • Differentiate between the 4 Stroke & 2 Stroke Cycles 
  • Describe diesel engine maintenance strategies
  • Explain thermodynamic cycles (Otto, Brayton, & Diesel)
  • Describe the importance of engine protection and how to protect a diesel engine using temperature, pressure, flow & level measurements
  • Describe the starting circuit associated with the diesel engine
  • List the components through which engine control is accomplished


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