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List of active Brunel Automotive research projects 

Advanced Engines & Biofuels
Principal Investigator Sponsor Project Title
Dr Jun XIA EPSRC UK Consortium on Turbulent Reacting Flows (UKCTRF)  
Dr Jun XIA The Royal Society Modelling alkali metal pollutant formation in LES of pulverised-coal combustion  
Prof Hua ZHAO EPSRC Ultra Efficient Engines and Fuel  
Dr Alasdair CAIRNS EPSRC Innovative Low Carbon, High Fuel Efficiency Power Generation Technology  
Prof Hua ZHAO Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Co. Ltd, Development of low temperature partially premixed compression ignition combustion engine technologies for commercial vehicles  
Dr Apostolos PESIRIDIS Innovate UK Adapting Waste Heat Recovery Technologies for Low Carbon Off-Highway Vehicles  
Dr Lionel GANIPPA Shell Research Ltd Evaluation of the effect of injector deposits on diesel combustion (PhD studentship)  
Dr  Jun  XIA EPSRC Optimisation of LESsCOAL for large-scale high-fidelity simulation of coal pyrolysis and combustion  
Prof Hua ZHAO Mahle Powertrain Ltd Advanced Downsized SI Engine Operation  
Dr Apostolos  PESIRIDIS EPSRC IAA Award - Variable Geometry Turbine Design for Advanced Turbocharger Application Part 2.  
Dr Alasdair CAIRNS Innovate UK Clean Air Power KTP: Advanced Dual Fuel HD Engines  
Prof Thanos MEGARITIS EPSRC Micro-explosion of Fuel Blends in Low Carbon Diesel Engines: Experimental and modelling study  
Dr Apostolos PESIRIDIS EPSRC Turbocharger Aero-thermal Design Optimisation under Realistic Engine Conditions for Low Carbon Vehicles  
Prof Hua ZHAO EPSRC Development and Demonstration of Air hybrid  Bus Field Trials -- EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) - Readiness  
     
Biomedical Engineering
Principal Investigator Sponsor Project Title
Prof Wamadeva BALACHANDRAN Innovate UK Marine Exhaust Gas Treatment System (MAGS)  
     
Design for Sustainable Manufacturing
Principal Investigator Sponsor Project Title
Prof Joseph GIACOMIN Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Automotive Habitat  
Dr Tatiana KALGANOVA Intel Corporation USA Supply Chain Network Models AEUR - Collaborative Research  
     
Energy Efficient & Sustainable Technologies
Principal Investigator Sponsor Project Title
Prof Savvas TASSOU Innovate UK Low Temperature Waste Heat to Power Generation  
Prof Savvas TASSOU European Commission

Industrial Thermal Energy Recovery Conversion and Management

Dr Yunting GE Spirotech BV Investigation of Bubble Behaviours from Plate Heat Exchangers in Heat Pump Systems  
     
Health Economics
Principal Investigator Sponsor Project Title
Dr Simon TAYLOR European Commission CloudSME - Cloud-based simulation platform for manufacturing and engineering
     
Liquid Metal Engineering
Principal Investigator Sponsor Project Title
Prof Zhongyun FAN EPSRC Future LiME Hub  
Prof Zhongyun FAN Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Next Generation of Automotive Casting Alloys 
Dr Hari-Babu NADENDLA TWI Limited Joining dissimilar materials for future automotive structures - Developing new resistance welding technologies to create high integrity multi-material joints  
Prof Zhongyun FAN Innovate UK LEAAST - Lightweight Energy Absorbing Aluminium Structures for Transport  
Prof Zhongyun FAN HEFCE Advanced Metals Casting Centre Phase II (AMCC II)  
Prof Zhongyun FAN European Commission RecycAl - High Shear Processing of Recycled Aluminium Scrap for Manufacturing High Performance Aluminium Alloys  
Prof Zhongyun FAN European Commission RecycAl - High Shear Processing of Recycled Aluminium Scrap for Manufacturing High Performance Aluminium Alloys
Dr Brian MCKAY European Commission Altitude - ALTernative to Indium Tin Oxide materials for sustainable growth of displays, solar and automobile industries  
     
Materials Characterisation and Processing
Principal Investigator Sponsor Project Title
Prof Peter HOBSON Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) GridPP5  
Prof Peter HOBSON Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) GridPP4+ Brunel University London Tier2 Hardware Grant  
     
Micro-Nano Manufacturing
Principal Investigator Sponsor Project Title
Prof Kai CHENG National Aerospace Technology Programme NATEP Integrally Bladed Rotor - (IBR) - Abrasive Flow Machining  
Prof Kai CHENG Mollart Engineering Limited AS9100 quality assurance using computer-aided/SAP-based tools and its implementation and application perspectives  
     
Structural Integrity
Principal Investigator Sponsor Project Title
Dr Cristinel MARES TWI Limited Health monitoring of carbon fibre reinforced plastics repaired patch subjected to aerodynamic loading  
Prof Luiz WROBEL The Wolfson Foundation Virtual Engineering Laboratory  
Dr Bin WANG TWI Limited Development of vibration based condition monitoring for the assessment of rotating parts and static structures