Dr Apostolos Pesiridis


Lecturer - Course Director, MSc Course in Automotive and Motorsport Engineering & UG Course in Automotive Engineering

Room: H114
Brunel University London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)1895 267901
Email: apostolos.pesiridis@brunel.ac.uk


Academic Responsibilities

  • Theme Leader (Turbomachinery), Centre of Advanced Powertrain and Fuels
  • Course Director of the MSc in Automotive and Motorsport Engineering Course
  • Course Director of the MSc in Automotive and Motorsport Engineering Course

Academic and Professional Qualifications/Memberships

  • PhD, Imperial College London, UK.
  • DIC, Diploma of Imperial College
  • CEng, Chartered Engineer.
  • MIMechE, Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
  • MASME, Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • MSAE, Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece
  • FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • 2013-today, Lecturer, Brunel University London, UK
  • 2008-2012, Research Associate, Imperial College London, UK
  • 2002-2006, Research Assistant, Imperial College London, UK

Research and Teaching

Research Interests

  • Transportation turbomachinery (automotive, aerospace, marine and rail): boosting, turbocharging, exhaust and waste heat energy recovery turbomachines.
  • IC Engine valve technologies
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics, one-dimensional modelling of turbomachines, internal combustion, hybrid and fully electric engines.
  • Performance testing of IC engine, turbomachinery and electric motors in both steady and unsteady flow conditions.
  • Design of experimental test facilities for high-speed turbomachinery and electric motor testing as well as the selection and implementation of instrumentation and data logging and acquisition equipment.
  • Sustainable Energy Technologies; In particular aircraft and fully electric vehicles from the techno-socio-economic perspectives.

Current Research

  • I am currently leading a team of researchers in the areas highlighted in my Research Interests section above funded by Industry, EPSRC, TSB and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Previous Research

  • Research Highlights: Initiator of a number of research ideas pushing the boundary of turbocharger state-of-art: variable geometry, active control, electric-assist and hydraulic assist are all concepts for which I have patents or patent applications pending.
  • Some of my ideas above or projects which I have helped develop are in the production stage helping to make internal combustion engines cleaner and more efficient.
  • Active Control Turbocharger concept
  • UltraBoost” – a 60% downsized, gasoline engine offering over 30% increase in fuel economy.
  • VERITAS - Vehicle Energy Recovery through an Intelligent Turbo Assist System” – a cutting edge hybrid turbocharger concept for a medium-range diesel, which developed the “world’s fastest switched reluctance electrical machine” and the fastest turbocharger transient response compared to the state-of-the-art (on-going)
  • Have carried out collaborative research with many vehicle as well as Tier 1/2 OEMs and smaller SMEs from the UK, Europe, US and Japan
  • 11 projects of a total value of £5 million.



  • ME1332: Introduction to Design module (1st year workshop)
  • ME2555: Placement student supervision (2nd year work placement)
  • ME2604: Vehicle Design (2nd year lecture and laboratory)
  • ME3309/3399: Individual Major Project (3rd year BEng/MEng project supervision)
  • ME3607: Vehicle Dynamics module (3rd year lecture)
  • ME3604/ME5541: Vehicle Design (3rd year and MSc lecture and laboratory)
  • ME5307/5537: Internal Combustion Engines (5th year/MSc lecture)
  • ME5500: Individual Major Project (MSc Dissertation supervision)
  • ME5308/5538: Major Group Project module (5th year/MSc group project supervision)

Past Teaching

  • Integrated Design and Manufacture (3rd-year workshop module)
  • Fluid Mechanics (1st year laboratory)
  • Fluid Mechanics (1st year tutorial)
  • Thermodynamics (1st and 2nd year tutorials)
  • Internal Combustion Engines (2nd year laboratory)
  • Gas Turbines (4th year lecture)
  • Energy Systems Technology (MSc lecture)

Research Supervision

  • Team of 8 PhD students and 1 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (see Brunel jobs for upcoming PhD and post-doctoral research fellowship opportunities in the area of IC Engine boosting, turbocharging, exhaust and waste heat recovery or email me at: Apostolos.Pesiridis@brunel.ac.uk )


Awards Recognition

  • Jaguar Land Rover Prize for Best Group Project of the Year (supervision of Major Group Project titled: “Design of Nozzle Mechanism to Improve Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) Turbine Performance”)
  • 2006, Short-listed in ALTRAN Foundation for Innovation Awards; Selected among 80 applicants and presented among panel of international experts (including the French minister for technology). Secured technical and consultancy support from ALTRAN for continuation of turbocharger project

Visiting Academic

  • Visiting Academic, Imperial College London, 2013 - today

Professional Activities

  • Organisation of and speaker at: the “2nd Workshop on Engine Downsizing and Turbocharging”, Imperial College London, 15-05-2014, the “Internal Combustion Engines: Future Technologies and Fuels” Seminar, Brunel University London, 12-05-2014, the “1st Workshop on Engine Downsizing and Turbocharging”, Imperial College London, 14-05-2012, the International Conference on Sustainable Mobility 2010, SAE Malaysia, 29 November – 2 December 2010.
  • Reviewer for 12 conferences and 8 journals
  • Organizing Committee and Forum Organizer/Vanguard Chair for ISROMAC 16,, Honolulu , USA, April 2016.
  • Session Chair for ASME International Gas Turbine Institute Turbo Expos and International Conference on Sustainable Mobility of recent years


  • Have consulted or am consulting several of the major OEMs and Tier 1s in the area of transportation turbomachinery


Journal Papers

(2013)  Terdich, N. , Martinez-Botas, RF. , Romagnoli, A.  and Pesiridis, A. , Mild Hybridization via Electrification of the Air System: Electrically Assisted and Variable Geometry Turbocharging Impact on an Off-Road Diesel Engine, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power 136 (3)  : 031703- 031703 Download publication

(2013)  Teo Sheng Jye, A. , Pesiridis, A. , Rajoo, S.  and Pesiridis, A. , Effects of Mechanical Turbo Compounding on a Turbocharged Diesel Engine, SAE Technical Papers

(2013)  Rajoo, S. , Pesiridis, A.  and Martinez-Botas, R. , Novel method to improve engine exhaust energy extraction with active control turbocharger, International Journal of Engine Research Online First

(2012)  Pesiridis, A.  and Martinez-Botas, R. , Experimental testing of an active control turbocharger turbine inlet equipped with a sliding sleeve nozzle, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering 227 (6)  : 800- 811

(2012)  Pesiridis, A. , The application of active control for turbocharger turbines, International Journal of Engine Research 13 385- 398

(2012)  Pesiridis, A. , Issues in the integration of active control turbochargers with internal combustion engines, International Journal of Automotive Technology 13 873- 884

(2011)  Martinez-Botas, R.  and Pesiridis, A. , Overview of boosting options for future downsized engines, Science China Technological Sciences 54 (2)

Conference Papers

(2012)  Pesiridis, A. , Lioutas, S.  and Martinez-Botas, R. , Integration of Unsteady Effects in the Turbocharger Design Process, , ASME TURBO EXPO 2012

(2012)  Chiong, MC. , Rajoo, S. , Pesiridis, A.  and Martinez-Botas, RF. , Downsizing Capability Evaluation of Active Control Turbocharger (ACT), , International Conference on Science, Technology and Social Sciences

(2012)  Pesiridis, A. , Bin Saiful-Islam Wan Salim, W.  and Martinez-Botas, R. , Turbocharger Matching Methodology for Improved Exhaust Energy Recovery, , 10th International Conference on Turbocharging and Turbochargers

(2014)  Mustafa, A. , Martinez-Botas, RF. , Pesiridis, A. , Chiong, MS.  and Rajoo, S. , Assessment of turbocharger turbine unsteady flow modelling methodology on engine performance, , ASME 2014 12th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis, ESDA 2014 (1)

(2014)  Shettigar, V.  and Pesiridis, A. , Materials Selection for Variable Geometry Turbine Nozzle for Gasoline Engine Application, ASME TURBO EXPO 2014

Book Chapters

(2014)  Rajoo, S. , Romagnoli, A. , Martinez-Botas, R. , Pesiridis, A. , et al. , Automotive Exhaust Waste Heat Recovery Technologies. In: Automotive Exhaust Emissions and Energy Recovery. NOVA Science Publishers Inc.

Page last updated: Wednesday 11 February 2015