Mean Effective Pressure – MEP – Otto cycle

Mean Effective Pressure – MEP

MEP is a very useful measure of an engine's capacity to do work that is independent of engine displacement.
MEP is a very useful measure of an engine’s capacity to do work that is independent of engine displacement.

A parameter used by engineers to describe the performance of reciprocating piston engines is known as the mean effective pressure, or MEP. MEP is a very useful measure of an engine’s capacity to do work that is independent of engine displacement. There are several types of MEP. These MEPs are defined by the location measurement and method of calculation (e.g. BMEP or IMEP).

In general, the mean effective pressure is the theoretical constant pressure that, if it acted on the piston during the power stroke, would produce the same net work as actually developed in one complete cycle. The MEP can be defined as:

mean effective pressure - definition

For example, the net indicated mean effective pressure, known as IMEPn is equal to the mean effective pressure calculated from in-cylinder pressure (there must be this measurement) over the complete engine cycle. Note that, it is 720° for a four-stroke engine and 360° for a two-stroke engine.

Some examples:

  • MEP of an atmospheric gasoline engine can range from 8 to 11 bar in the region of maximum torque.
  • MEP of a turbocharged gasoline engine can range from 12 to 17 bar.
  • MEP of an atmospheric diesel engine can range from 7 to 9 bar.
  • MEP of a turbocharged diesel engine can range from 14 to 18 bar

For example, a four-stroke gasoline engine producing 200 N·m from 2 litres of displacement has a MEP of (4π)(200 N·m)/(0.002 m³) = 1256000 Pa = 12 bar. As can be seen, the MEP is useful characteristics of an engine. For two engines of equal displacement volume, the one with a higher MEP would produce the greater net work and, if the engines run at the same speed, greater power.

Nuclear and Reactor Physics:
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See above:

Otto Cycle