Pistons! Valves! Injectors!

The internal combustion engine. These sophisticated pieces of machinery power most of our cars and take us everywhere while meeting strict standards for performance, cost, and emissions control.

I took a class dedicated to these engines and took a peek into the complexities of how they are designed and how they function. It is truly amazing how much technology is packed into this relatively small package that is so ubiquitous to our lives. In the class, we learned the theory, coded an engine simulation, and had labs in which we took apart several engines and ran a couple of them.

A sneak peak of what you’ll see here:
- The pure awesomeness of engines
- Exhaust gas analyzer for CO, CO2, H2, NO, HC gasses
- Corvette engine we ran up to 6000 RPM
- Engine control room behind blast-proof glass
- Janky computers running Windows NT®
- Huge-ass diesel truck engine
- Pistons, valves, injectors, and more shiny things

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