PhD in Thermodynamics
MSc in Mechanical Engineering
Research Fellow at University of Birmingham
Alternative fuels for IC engine applications
IC engine waste heat recovery
Internal Combustion Engine combusiton diagnostics and emission control
Free piston engine technologies
Desalination process analysis and efficiengy improvement
Optical diagnostics of fuel spray and combustion
IC engine test bench. Eddy-current dynamometer up to 230kW/7500 rpm with full control and instrumentation. Fuel conditioner and meter for precise fuel consumption measurement. Horiba gaseous emission analyser and particle counter for emissions measurements. Combustion analysis through high speed in-cylinder pressure measurements.
High pressure and high temperature combustion vessel for spray and combustion characteristics investigation. Designed pressure and temperature: 100 bar and 900 K. Injector type: diesel solenoid injector with injection pressure up to 2500 bar. Gasoline direction injection injector possible upon request. 4 off 90 degree fused silica windows for optical analysis. High speed in-vessel pressure transducer for combustion analysis.
Free-piston engine test bench. Free-piston prototype engine with fully Compact-RIO control and data acquisition. Spark ignition type engine with port fuel injection. Pneumatic valve actuation and fully controllable linear motor/generator.
Dual fuel stationary engine bench. Modified CI gen-set Deutz engine allows gaseous and liquid fuel testing. Hydrogen fuel and bio fuel compatible.
Plasma fuel reformation reactor. 1kW mini scale DBD type plasma fuel reforming prototype for gaseous (including vapour) fuel reformation.
Ricardo WAVE: Specialised 1-D engine simulation software available.
IPSEpro: Thermodynamic simulation software package.
Engineering Equation Solver (EES): generic equation solver with integrated working fluids properties suitable for thermodynamic cycle simulation.
We want enthusiastic and talented research students with proper background in following research area:
Alternative fuel for IC engine application
Innovative IC engine spray and combustion technologies
Free-piston engine development
Engine waste heat recovery simulation and experimentation
Desalination process optimisation
We will offer you: strong support in terms of hardware and software required for the research; helpful and friendly environment working in an interdisciplinary research team (Swan Centre for Energy Research); possibility of working closely with industrial partners.
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MEC8024 Vehicle Drives and Dynamics
MEC3098 Mechanical Engineering Project
MEC8099 Mechanical Engineering Team Project
MEC8095 MSc Project