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Modelling study of hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2ICE) for future zero-carbon heavy duty vehicles

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD studentship for this project starting 1 January 2022. You will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,609, including inner London weighting, plus payment of your full-time tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). UK (Home) and overseas nationals who meet the academic entry criteria set out below are welcome to apply.

The project

You will join the Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels to work on an exciting project on advanced modelling study of hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2ICE) for future zero-carbon heavy duty vehicles. By using 3D CFD simulations, key engine parameters, combustion chamber and ports designs will be researched and optimised to achieve highest efficiency and lowest exhaust emissions. New ignition methods and hydrogen injection methods will also be investigated to maximise the efficiency and minimise emissions. You will be a member of a large research group that conducts experimental and modelling studies, many of which are in collaboration with industrial partners. You will be required to present progress at regular project meetings with stakeholders and contribute to the publication of journal papers and conference proceedings.

Please contact Dr Xinyan Wang at xinyan.wang@brunel.ac.uk for an informal discussion about the project.

Skills and experience

Experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of spray and combustion in engines will be an advantage. You should be highly motivated, able to work independently as well as in a team, collaborate with others and have effective communication skills.



You should hold or expect to be awarded an undergraduate degree classified at first class or equivalent. An MSc degree classified at Merit or above would be an advantage.

Where applicable, you should hold an English Language proficiency qualification to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections) or equivalent OR provide confirmation of your test date if you do not yet hold this qualification.

How to apply

Please submit the documents below as a SINGLE PDF file to xinyan.wang@brunel.ac.uk and cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 12:00 on Friday 1 October 2021:

  • Your current CV
  • A one-A4-page, single-spaced personal statement setting out (i) your interest in this project and (ii) why your skills, experience and background are relevant for this position
  • Your undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates and transcripts, translated into English if appropriate
  • Evidence of your English Proficiency to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) or confirmation of your IELTS test date if you have not yet achieved this qualification.

Interviews will take place in October/November 2021.

Meet the Supervisor for this Studentship

Xinyan Wang - Dr Xinyan Wang is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow on advanced fuel and propulsion technologies for future low carbon and zero carbon transport. He graduated with a Master and a PhD degree in State Key Laboratory of Engines (SKLE), Tianjin University, China. Then he moved to Brunel University London as a Research Assistant at Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels in 2015. His research interests include the modelling and experimental studies of renewable and biofuels, advanced combustion processes, and novel hybrid powertrains for high-efficiency and low-emission transport.  He has been working on an EPSRC project and two Innovate UK projects to develop next generation high efficiency engines and hybrid powertrain systems to significantly reduce CO2 and pollutant emissions from transport sector. He works closely with research partners from both academia (Brighton University, UCL, Imperial College and University of Oxford, University of Nottingham, Tianjin University) and industry (BP, Shell, MAHLE Powertrain, Ferrari S.p.A. and Yuchai Machinery Co.,Ltd). He was recently awarded the prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to work on advanced renewable fuels, multi-fuel combustion engines and integrated engine generators for future low carbon transport. The project includes close collaborations with eight industrial and academic partners. He has authored over 40 refereed papers and given over 10 presentations at several national and international conferences/workshops. He is the member of the Combustion Institute and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International and a reviewer for several high-impact journals and conference proceedings.