Our BMEP calculator will help you determine an IC engine's brake mean effective pressure (BMEP) from the engine displacement volume and its maximum torque output. Learning what BMEP is in the following article will help you recognize its significance. You will also learn how to calculate the BMEP of any engine using the BMEP formula.
Our torque calculator will help you with the fundamentals of torque if you need a refresher before diving in.
What is BMEP?
The brake mean effective pressure (BMEP) is the average pressure exerted on the engine's piston by an internal combustion engine's air/fuel mixture combustion. Specifically, this pressure translates into the torque at the driveshaft. It is one of the metrics used to gauge an engine's performance.
During the power stroke of an IC engine, the pressure exerted on the piston varies as the piston reciprocates (and the gas expands). Mean effective pressure (MEP) is the average value of this pressure and is responsible for the engine's torque and the internal frictional forces the piston must overcome during its reciprocating motion. BMEP is the part of MEP that is translated to the engine's torque - it contains no information about the frictional losses. Naturally, the higher the BMEP value, the more "efficient" or "tuned" the engine performance.
The BMEP formula is given by:
- The BMEP of the engine;
- Number of revolutions per cycle (or per power stroke). for two-stroke and for four-stroke engines;
- Torque generated at the driveshaft; and
- Engine displacement volume.
BMEP has the same units as pressure. In SI, it is common to use kilo- or megapascals, while bar is the common imperial unit.
For instance, the Ferrari 458 Italia's engine produces a maximum torque of at 6000 rpm. Let's using the BMEP equation above to calculate its BMEP. Since the engine is four-stroke, .
Using this BMEP calculator
This BMEP calculator is straightforward to use:
Select whether the engine is two-stroke or four-stroke. Based on the selection, the BMEP calculator will automatically choose the value for . Alternatively, you can enter a custom value for by clicking on the
Enter the value of the engine displacement volume.
Provide the maximum torque generated by the engine. This tool will then employ the BMEP equation to determine the BMEP of the engine.
⚠️ BMEP is a valuable metric to compare engine efficiency with other engines. However, comparing the BMEPs of entirely different kinds of engines isn't very sensible! For example, you can compare the BMEPs of different-sized petrol engines, but comparing them against a diesel engine's BMEP will not tell you much.