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In the Advanced Powertrain and Fuels theme, we have particular strengths in improving the efficiency and reducing energy cost of existing engines through developing low temperature combustion processes and their controls and regenerative braking, as well as unique methodologies for the study of fuels and engines: in particular marrying experimental and modelling methods and through the utilisation of advanced optical diagnostics. The research on regenerative braking is feeding strongly into our commercialisation activities. We have particular interests in developing efficient bio-fuel supply chains, as well as a number of novel technologies for manufacturing bio-fuel from industrial waste and new combustion technologies optimised for bio-fuels.

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 theme covers both experimental and modelling aspects of engine research.

The theme members are part of European Network of Excellence (NOE) on Combustion Engines.

Over the past 15 years we have conducted pioneering research on the fundamentals and development of advanced internal combustion engines and their fuels, covering both experimental and modelling studies. We are also a core member of the European Union’s Network of Excellence in Combustion Engines.

Our research areas:
  • Advanced Gasoline engines and their fuels
  • Advanced Diesel engines, fuels and aftertreatment
  • Air Hybrid Engines
  • Development and application of advanced optical diagnostics to IC engines
  • Engine simulation and computational fluid dynamics
  • Automotive Turbomachinery