Date of Award


Document Type

Master's report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS)

College, School or Department Name

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


Jeffrey D. Naber


The optical access engine integrated with the diagnostic and optical measurement techniques is a great platform for engine research because it provides clear visual access to the combustion chamber inside the engines. An optical access engine customized based on a 4-cylinder spark ignited direct injection (SIDI) production engine is located in the Advanced Power Systems Laboratories (APS LABS) at Michigan Technological University. This optical access engine inside the test cell has been set up for different engine research.

In this report, two SAE papers in engine research utilizing the optical access engine are reviewed to gain basic understanding of the methodology. Though the optical engine in APS LABS is a little bit different from the engines used in the literature, the methodology in the papers provides guidelines for engine research through optical access engines. In addition, the optical access engine instrumentation including the test cell setup and the optical engine setup is described in detail in the report providing a solid record for later troubleshooting and reference. Finally, the motoring tests, firing tests and optical imaging experiment on the optical engine have been performed to validate the instrumentation.

This report only describes so far the instrumentation of the optical engine in the APS LABS by April 2015.