Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels Research (CAPF)


CERG : Combustion Engine Research Group


One of the largest and most active engine research groups in U.K., our research on internal combustion engines goes back to the late 1960s. The work of the Group covers both experimental and modelling aspects of engine research.

The group has 11 Test Engines housed in two laboratories.

Contacts: Prof. Hua Zhao (Group Leader), Dr. Tom Ma, Dr Xi Jiang, Dr Thanos Megaritis, Dr Lionel Christopher GanippaProf. Alasdair CairnsDr Apostolos Pesyridis

Group Structure

Group Structure

Key Features

  • Member of European Network of Excellence (NOE) on Combustion Engines
  • Over 4.0million in the last few years
  • 25 RAs and PhD students
  • Over 60 recent international publications

Research Themes

  1. Advanced Gasoline engines and their fuels
  2. Advanced Diesel engines, fuels and aftertreatment
  3. Air Hybrid Engines
  4. Development and application of advanced optical diagnostics to IC engines
  5. Engine simulation and computational fluid dynamics
  6. Automotive Turbomachinery

Sponsors / Collaborators

  • European Union
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Jaguar Cars Ltd.
  • Delphi Diesel Systems
  • Rover Group
  • BP
  • ohnson Matthew
  • Ricardo
  • Cambridge University
  • Brighton University
  • Institut Francais du Petrole
  • Instituto Motori
  • Renault



Multi-cylinder engines

2.0litre HSDI CR diesel engine, I4 & V6 prototype GDI engines

Single cylinder engines

3 Ricardo Hydra Single cylinder optical engine testbeds, 1


Full Gas analysers, fast FID, fast sampling valve, Smoke/PM analysers

Optical Systems

2 Nd:YAG Lasers, a Dye laser, an Excimer laser, a Copper Vapour laser

Detectors: 2 Gated ICCDs, high-speed colour video camera (60K fps)


LDA, PIV, LIF (fuel, OH, CH2O ), LIEF, SRS, LII.

Engine simulation

Phenomelogical, gas dynamics, and CFD (KIVA3v)

Facilities in CAPF

2/4 Stroke Switchable Engine


Major Projects

Our current major research projects include:

Recent Research


Name and Title Phone Email Office
Dr Jie Chen
Lecturer - UG projects coordinator, Timetable coordinator
+44 (0)1895 266680 Email Dr Jie Chen HWLL123
Dr Lionel Christopher Ganippa
Reader - Course Director of EIFY
+44 (0)1895 266721 Email Dr Lionel Christopher Ganippa HWLL103a
Professor Thanos Megaritis
Professor, Director of Research
+44 (0)1895 266682 Email Professor Thanos Megaritis HWLL120
Dr Apostolos Pesyridis
Senior Lecturer –Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels (Turbomachinery Group Leader); Director, Brunel Automotive Hub; Course Director, UG Course in Automotive Engineering
+44(0)1895 267901 Email Dr Apostolos Pesyridis HWLL114
Dr Jun Xia
Senior Lecturer
+44 (0)1895 265433 Email Dr Jun Xia HWLL133
Professor Hua Zhao
Vice-Dean Research / Professor / Theme Leader for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels
+44 (0)1895 266698 Email Professor Hua Zhao HWLL109



Prof. Hua Zhao
Head of Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels Research

Postal Address

Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels Research (CAPF)
Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering and Design
Brunel University
Uxbridge, Middlesex
UB8 3PH, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)1895 266 698
Fax. +44 (0)1895 256 393

Location in University

Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels Research (CAPF)
Tower B

Page last updated: Wednesday 28 June 2017