# Brake Mean Effective Pressure, how is this an effective measurement tool for engines?

Many engine designers measure success with `Brake Mean Effective Pressure`

What are the equations used to calculate `Brake Mean Effective Pressure`?

Why is this a more or less effective measurement than other frameworks of measurement such as BSFC as illiterated in this post?

How does understanding BMEP (Brake Mean Effective Pressure) drive engine design and solve performance problems that other equation tools cannot?

A bit of research has taught me that `Brake Mean Effective Pressure` is the ratio of an engines Torque to it's displacement, whereas the `Brake Specific Fuel Consumption` is the ratio of fuel consumption to the power produced.
In other words, `BMEP` will tell you how much power you can get from your engine at a given designed displacement, whereas `BSFC` will tell you how efficient that engine will be at a given power output. The two measurements are related but compete with each other.
In a design environment, especially with modern CAFE standards, I would start with the question of "What is my target fuel efficiency?". I would then ask myself "What is the minimum acceptable average power that my user expects in order to have a reasonable driving experience?". The answers to these question will give me a rough target for `BSFC`. Do note, though, that `BSFC` will change at different power output - I can design for a specific `BSFC` at a typical "standard" highway speed, or I can design for a `BSFC` at a typical 0-60 acceleration rate, or (more likely) try to do both.
Once I have my target `BSFC`, I can use that to help me design my engine. I'll use other factors (input from management, target demographic, etc) to determine whether I want a four-cylinder, v-6, v-8 etc. Then, I can play with various displacements and use the `BMEP` to figure out whether or not the theoretical engine will produce enough torque to meet my power requirements. I'll want to keep the `BMEP` high enough to produce enough torque so that the user's driving experience is not muted, but also low enough such that I do not miss the mark on my `BSFC` target.