Internal Combustion Engine Analyst course using Python and Cantera

Internal Combustion Engine Analyst course using Python and Cantera

A comprehensive course on IC Engine CFD and Combustion using Python and Cantera. This course is highly suited for beginners

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  • Domain : CFD
  • Pre-requisites : For Mechanical & Automotive Engineers
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Included Courses

1. Computational Combustion using Python and Cantera
In this course, you will learn computational combustion using Python and Cantera. You will understand how combustion is simulated and write computer programs to simulate chemical kinetics. You will learn how to compute combustion metrics such as flame speed and ignition delay by performing detailed calculations.

You will complete 2 projects in this course.

2. Advanced CFD for Internal Combustion Engine Applications
In this course, you will learn how to perform 3D flow and combustion simulations using the CONVERGE CFD software. You will learn about the backend of the software, including things like turbulence modelling, combustion modelling and emissions modelling. This course is ideal for someone who wants to get into combustion analysis.

You will complete 3 projects in this course.


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Computational Combustion using Python and Cantera SYLLABUS


Cantera is an open-source suite of tools for problems involving chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and transport processes. Computational combustion is a field of numerical modelling and simulations using advanced large‐scale parallel systems and offers a new avenue to analyze and interpret the dynamics of acoustic‐flame‐vortex interactions that occur in most combustion systems. 
The course comes under the domain of mechanical and automotive engineering with CFD as a sub-domain. The Cantera library can be imported to MATLAB, Python, and C++. Python is the language of choice because it's widely used and can handle the operations better than MATLAB or C++. 
This course is useful for students and working professionals who have a background in thermodynamics and programming and are interested in learning about the function of engines and combustion modelling.

2Fundamentals of Chemistry

In this module, you will learn about different fuel types, species nomenclature, and concepts such as:
  • Molecular weight
  • Moles
  • Density
  • Mass Fraction, Mole Fraction, and PPM
  • Vapour pressure
  • Equation of state
  • Air fuel ratio
  • Equivalence ratio
This module covers the various properties of thermodynamics as well as combustion which is very useful in modelling the combustion. The relation between various properties helps you make the right decision and the results are compared with the numerical data of those properties. The module also covers the units of the above entities and their significance. 

3Intermediary Thermodynamics

This module provides the opportunity to refresh your basics in thermodynamics and learn several intermediary concepts such as:

  • Enthalpy of reaction
  • Adiabatic flame temperature
  • Lower and higher heating values

This module will cover concepts that are helpful to understand the derived properties of chemical kinetics and help understand the rate of reactions and their impact on reactor systems. 

The above parameters can be a good starting point for optimizing the reactor system. The theoretical calculation of the above parameters will help you to understand the practicality of the system we are designing.

4Equilibrium Chemistry

Equilibrium chemistry models are very commonly used to construct simplified combustion models. In this module, you will learn the following:

  • Full Equilibrium
  • Water Gas Equilibrium
  • Pressure effects
  • Understanding NASA's thermodynamic data files

This module will teach the difference between homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibrium. Understanding the equilibrium will allow you to understand if a chemical reaction is at equilibrium and the direction the chemical reaction must proceed to attain equilibrium. 

It helps you to understand the new equilibrium attained when a change in concentration of either a reactant or a product is made to a system initially at equilibrium. Besides, this module will also teach you to read NASA or any other standard data, which helps design the reactor system. 

5Elementary Reactions

This module will introduce to chemical kinetics and you will learn the following topics:

  • Global and elementary reactions
  • Rate of a reaction
  • Forward rate and backward rate
  • CHEMKIN formatted mechanism file

In this module, we define the reaction rate and a few associated terms and introduce the simplest type of chemical reaction which is single-step reactions known as elementary reactions. We will investigate the various factors that determine the rate of an elementary reaction, which allows you to calculate rate constants and explain their temperature dependence

6Introduction to Python and Cantera

In this module, you will study Python - an extremely popular programming language. You will learn Python by writing programs related to chemical kinetics. Once you can write simple programs in Python, we will introduce you to Cantera. With Cantera, you will be able to simulate different types of combustion systems. Cantera is an extremely popular tool that is used in several universities and organizations for research and industrial purposes.

7Ignition Delay Calculation

Ignition delay is the time lag between the start of injection to start of the combustion when the air-fuel mixture is ignited. It is one of the major factors that help in determining the performance of an IC engine. In this module, we will teach you to build several zero-dimensional reactors. These types of simulations will be used to predict the ignition delay and flame speeds of popular fuels.

The objective of the module is to study the dependence of ignition delay time on: 

  • Cylinder ambient gas temperature 
  • Cylinder ambient gas pressure
  • Injection pressure 
  • Injector nozzle orifice diameter

8Flame Speed Calculation

While designing combustion systems, flame speed plays an important role in determining their performance. In this module, you will learn how to calculate flame speeds. Note that this parameter depends upon the type of reaction mechanism that is being employed and the thermodynamic conditions in the combustion chamber. You will also perform a sensitivity analysis that helps you determine which of the elementary reactions are going to affect the flame speed the most.

9Advanced Topics in Combustion

In this module you will learn the following topics:

  • Perfectly stirred reactor
  • Steady-state combustion and its relevance for gas turbine applications
  • Extinction and blow off limits
  • Premixed, diffusion, and partially premixed flames

10Introduction to 3D Combustion

In this module, you will be trained in the core concepts that are used while simulating combustion in complex 3D geometry. Here you will learn about the current trends along with the cutting edge tools that are used in the industry.

Projects Overview

Flame Temperature


The adiabatic flame temperature for a given fuel-oxidizer combination is determined by finding the final state temperature (i.e. the adiabatic flame temperature) for which the sum of the enthalpies of the reactants equals the sum of the enthalpies of the products. The calculation of thermal efficiency becomes easy once we know the AFT. The efficiency further allows you to improvise the reactor system. 

Combustion Efficiency


A recuperator is a heat exchanger in which energy from the exhaust of hot combustion products, i.e. flue gases, is transferred to the inlet air for increasing its temperature. The effect of such preheating of air can be seen in improving combustion efficiency as well as Adiabatic Flame Temperature. This analysis is performed to effectively utilize the exhaust gas recirculation and increase the efficiency of the reactor. 



In this project, you will be solving a STIFF ODE system from scratch. This helps you understand how reacting systems are solved.
The Newton-Raphson method (also known as Newton's method) is a way to quickly find a good approximation for the root of a real-valued function f(x)=0. It uses the idea that a straight line tangent can approximate a continuous and differentiable function to it. This numerical method is effective for stiff ODEs. 

Auto Ignition


In this project, you will be exposed to the Cantera reactor network and its uses in solving various models. The reactor network allows you to calculate the expansion/compression work, heat transfer, mass transfer, and surface interaction with the environment. The auto-ignition gives the time required for combustion to take place and to control it can be beneficial for controlling pollutants as well as for complete combustion.

Sensitivity Analysis


The correct description of chemical changes requires the application of reaction mechanisms consisting of several hundred or thousand reactions. This means that a huge number of parameters describes the chemistry of the combustion process. Hence, the application of the sensitivity analysis techniques is very useful for its understanding of those parameters. 

Detailed chemical models are too big for many practical combustion simulations. Sensitivity analysis can be used for mechanism reduction, that is, finding a smaller model that produces similar predictions for some of the variables (i.e., species concentrations and temperature).

Flame Speed


The flame speed is the measured rate of expansion of the flame front in the combustion reaction. The flame speed of fuel is a property that determines its ability to undergo controlled combustion without detonation. This project is the study of flame speed by considering the effect of temperature, pressure and concentration on it.

Reaction Reduction


This detailed mechanism for methane-air combustion(GRI3.0) is probably the most famous one. It comprises 325 reactions and 53 species. The reduced mechanisms include only the top reactions and the associated species. The reduced mechanisms with a certain number of species are able to adequately simulate the ignition delay, sensitivity  problem. Such a reduced mechanism saves a lot of computational resources as well as time. 

Advanced CFD for IC Engine Applications SYLLABUS


Through this advanced course, you will learn the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) theory on internal flows with special focus on simulating the Engines (S.I Engines and C.I Engines). Students will be introduced to CONVERGE STUDIO which is used specifically for setting up the case for engines.


  • CONVERGE STUDIO: To setup the cases and providing BCs
  • CYGWIN/CMD: Command-line interface on Windows to run the simulation
  • PARAVIEW: Post-processing software (to post-process the results)


Working on CONVERGE STUDIO will help you study the inside workings of an engine, from fuel injection, compression, spark ignition to combustion and flame propagation. Converge has an added advantage of automated meshing that helps save time.


At the end of this course, you will be able to set up any internal flow problem, clean up any complicated geometry, and model turbulence, combustion, and spray. You will also learn the theory behind the concepts of turbulence (RANS), combustion, and spray.



2CONVERGE Studio Module

In this module, you will learn how to set up a CFD simulation using CONVERGE CFD. You will be provided with step-by-step instructions on the following:

  • CAD import and cleanup

  • Decomposing the model into boundaries and volumetric regions

  • Inputting valve timing

  • Choosing turbulence and combustion models

  • Running the case in a parallel environment

  • Post-processing

3Surface Preparation

In this module, you will learn surface preparation in complete detail. Specifically,

  • Setting up the piston motion profile
  • Boundary flagging
  • Setting up the intake and exhaust valves

4Region Initialization and Valve Motion Setup

In this module, you will learn the following concepts:

  • Initializing pressure, temperature, and species concentration in the intake, exhaust and fire deck regions

  • Disconnect triangles

  • Valve timing and the concept of minimum lift

  • Valve profile input

5Turbulence Modelling

In this module, you will learn how turbulence is modelled and simulated in a state-of-the-art CFD solver. You will learn about the different classes of turbulence models and understand their merits and demerits. In this module, you will also learn about,

  • RANS approach to model turbulence

  • Comprehend the math involved behind RANS and its derivations

Learn theory on different types of turbulence models available (RNG k-ε, k-ω SST, etc.) and appreciate which model is suitable for what type of application

6Combustion Modelling

In this module, you will learn how the SAGE detailed chemical kinetics solver works. In addition to this, you will also learn how to use the Shell CTC combustion model.

7Emissions Modelling

To design efficient engines, one needs to have a firm grasp of emissions modelling. You will learn about the Hiroyasu soot model and the Zeldovich nox model and apply them in engine simulations.

Projects Overview

Throttle Body


The objective here is to simulate flow past a throttle body under steady state and transient conditions. Your task is to study the effect of the valve dynamics on key flow quantities.

Diesel Engine


In this project, you will run closed cycle simulations of the CAT3410 engine using two different piston bowls. You will be looking at the effect of piston bowl shape on the final solution.

Fuel Injection


  • Clean up complex CAD model using CONVERGE STUDIO

  • Assign proper boundary and initial conditions

  • Setup appropriate physical models (spray, turbulence, combustion, and emissions)

  • Running simulations in parallel

  • Runtime results visualization

  • Post-processing results

  • Creating cut views, iso-surfaces, images, and animations


You will also focus on analyzing the data obtained from your simulation using line plots. You can find an example below. Last but not least, there is a reason why CFD is called colourful fluid dynamics. Here are some visualizations that beautifully convey the complexities of the various physical phenomena that you can expect in an I.C Engine.


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1Who are the instructors and what is the learning process?

Our instructors are industry experts who are working or have worked in Fortune 500 companies. We also partner with academicians who help us craft course content that will best support our students and get recruited and start adding value for their organization from day one.
Our course content is pre-recorded. You will be given access to this content immediately after you have enrolled in our course. Alongside the course videos, you will also be given assignments each week. You will work on these assignments and have it evaluated by our technical support engineers. Apart from this, you will also work on industry-oriented projects that will improve your understanding of the various tools used in the industry and their underlying principles.

2Are there any prerequisites for this course?

You should be pursuing or have graduated with a B.E/B.Tech in Mechanical or Automotive Engineering.

3What kind of support I can expect? What if I have doubts?

Our team of dedicated Technical Support Engineers are always available to answer any queries you might have when you are studying. Studying online courses on your own often comes with the problem of lacking motivation, our Technical Support Engineers will work with you to ensure that you complete the course work and start working in the domain of your interest.  

There are a number of ways through which you have your query answered.
You can ask your questions by raising tickets from your student window screen, and a technical support engineer will respond and help you achieve conceptual clarity. If you did not understand the solution, you can request the technical engineer to share their screen with you and they will explain the areas that you find difficult. Apart from this, you can also send us an email, which we will respond to in under 24 hours. You can also call us at our helpline number - which will be provided once you have enrolled in a course. 

We also have group doubt clarification sessions, where you will interact with your fellow batchmates. This will allow you to understand the different ways your fellow batchmates are using to solve a question. Besides this, you can also raise your queries through the Whatsapp number that will be made available to you. 

4Will software be provided?

A license will be provided for accessing CONVERGE CFD, and Python and Cantera are free.

5How is this different from what I learnt in college?

The course that you studied in college was designed years ago and does not take into account the current market trends or what the industry expects from graduates. Our courses have been designed in consultation with industry experts and leading academicians. Skill-Lync courses are geared to help you find employment as soon as you complete the coursework. This is possible only because of the projects that you will complete as part of your curriculum, in your college you might have done one major and one minor project. But, each module in a Skill-Lync course has a corresponding project, and these projects are industry-oriented. Which means that if you were to look at the project that an engineer at a top OEM is working on, it will be similar to a Skill-Lync project, the only difference being the scale of the project. 

Simply put - there's a world of a difference between what you have studied at your college and what you will get trained in when you study at Skill-Lync. 

6What advantages will I gain by taking this course

You will have an edge over your peers by working extensively on industry-relevant projects, practice on tools and software that will set you apart and help you in getting ahead of the competition. Along with this, when you enroll in a Skill-Lync course you will get access to the Skill-Lync Student Success Team - who will ensure that you get placed at the end of your course. They will help you polish your resume, and help you properly present your projects on your LinkedIn and other external pages. They will also scour for any opportunity that you might be qualified for and help you apply for it. After which they will help you train in all the possible variations of interview questions. Before the interview, you will also be trained in tool tests, in which your comprehension of all the tools that you have studied in the duration of the course will be cemented along with the underlying principles.

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