School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Rikard Mikalsen

Senior Research Associate

Background

I am a research associate in the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research, led by Professor Tony Roskilly.

Research Interests

Thermal power and energy systems, including unconventional combustion engine design, combined heat and power, and alternative fuels.

Other Expertise

Industrial intellectual property protection.

Current Work

  • Free-piston engines (see the project webpage);
  • efficiency and emissions in marine machinery systems;
  • alternative engine cycles (Miller/Atkinson engines, the reciprocating Joule cycle engine);
  • CFD modelling of engine combustion and emissions formation;
  • alternative fuels;
  • dual fuel engine operation;
  • combined heat and power systems.

Esteem Indicators

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, 2009.

Patents

Pending patents:
Mikalsen R, Roskilly AP. Linear reciprocating free piston external combustion open cycle heat engine. PCT/GB2010/050581.
Mikalsen R, Roskilly AP. Free piston internal combustion engine. GB1008319.4.

Qualifications

BSc Marine Engineering (Tromsø, Norway, 2003).
PhD Thermal Power Systems (Newcastle, 2008).
Courses in law (Open University) and intellectual property law (University of London).

Languages

Norwegian, English, German

Research

Intellectual property protection

Free-piston engines (see also the project webpage)

  • Mikalsen R., Roskilly A.P. A review of free-piston engine history and applications. Applied Thermal Engineering, 2007; 27:2339-2352. Find it at ScienceDirect or download a preprint version here.
  • Mikalsen R., Roskilly A.P. The design and simulation of a two-stroke free-piston compression ignition engine for electrical power generation. Applied Thermal Engineering, 2008; 28:589-600. Find it at ScienceDirect or download a preprint version here.
  • Mikalsen R., Roskilly A.P. Performance simulation of a spark ignited free-piston engine generator. Applied Thermal Engineering, 2008; 28:1726-1733. Find it at ScienceDirect or download a preprint version here.
  • Mikalsen R., Roskilly A.P. Coupled dynamic-multidimensional modelling of free-piston engine combustion. Applied Energy, 2009; 86:89-95. Find it at ScienceDirect or download a preprint version here.
  • Mikalsen R., Roskilly A.P. A computational study of free-piston diesel engine combustion. Applied Energy, 2009; 86:1136-1143. Find this paper at ScienceDirect or download a preprint version here
  • Mikalsen R., Roskilly A.P. The fuel efficiency and exhaust gas emissions of a low heat rejection free-piston diesel engine. Proc. IMechE Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, 2009; 223:379-384.
  • Mikalsen R., Roskilly A.P. The control of a free-piston engine generator. Part 1: fundamental analyses. Applied Energy, 2010; 87:1273-1280. Find this paper at ScienceDirect or download a preprint version here
  • Mikalsen R., Roskilly A.P. The control of a free-piston engine generator. Part 2: engine dynamics and piston motion control. Applied Energy, 2010; 87:1281-1287. Find this paper at ScienceDirect or download a preprint version here
  • Mikalsen R., Jones E., Roskilly A.P. Predictive piston motion control in a free-piston internal combustion engine. Applied Energy, 2010; 87:1722--1728. Find this paper at ScienceDirect or download a preprint version here

Miller cycle engines

  • Mikalsen R., Wang Y.D., Roskilly A.P. A comparison of Miller and Otto cycle natural gas engines for small scale CHP applications. Applied Energy, 2009; 86:922-927. Find this paper at ScienceDirect or download a preprint version here.

Hydrogen-fuelled engines

  • Gomes Antunes J.M., Mikalsen R., Roskilly A.P. An investigation of hydrogen fuelled HCCI engine performance and operation. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2008; 33:5823-5828. Find this paper at ScienceDirect. A preprint version can be found here.
  • Gomes Antunes J.M., Mikalsen R., Roskilly A.P. An experimental study of a direct injection compression ignition hydrogen engine. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2009; 34:6516-6522. Find this paper at ScienceDirect. A preprint version can be found here.

Invited contributions to edited works:

Mikalsen R. Internal combustion engine systems for small- and micro-CHP applications. In: Small- and micro-combined heat and power (CHP) systems. Advanced design, performance, materials and applications. Woodhead Publishing, 2011.

Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching


  • Marine systems identification, modelling and control (demonstrating).
  • Introduction to programming in Matlab/Scilab.
  • Modelling and simulation of dynamic systems in Matlab/Scilab.

Publications