Professor Brian Agnew
Guest Member of Staff
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Brian Agnew has been appointed as Professor of Energy and the Environment at the School of the Built Environment, Northumbria University. He continues as a Guest Member of Staff at Newcastle University until September 2011.
I began work in 1966 as a drawing office apprentice at Rolls-Royce Aero Engine Division, Derby and following ONC studies at Derby College I was sponsored to study a B.Tech. (Mechanical Engineering) at Brunel University in 1968. This was a 4 year thin sandwich course involving studying from October to March with the summer spent at Rolls Royce. During this time I worked in several departments engaged with the RB211 development program, Technical Design, Flight Test, Engine Test, Compressor Design. I also worked in the special machine tool design office on ECM. I graduated in the summer of 1972, just after Rolls Royce went into receivership, stayed with them for a further 15 months before enrolling at Kings College London University to study a M.Sc. in Internal Combustion Engineering. This was followed by a Ph.D. at City University examining the formation of exhaust emissions in spark ignition engines. Upon completing the Ph.D. work I was employed for a short period by Delaney Gallay Dynamics in Edgware designing heat exchangers and then by the British Internal Combustion Engine Research Institute where I was Head of the Instrumentation Section. In 1979 I joined the School of Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield Institute of Technology working with Professor Elder on compressor research (mainly for Rolls-Royce). I joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle in 1984 where I have an interest in heat transfer, internal combustion engines and thermal systems.
B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering, Brunel University, 1972.
M.Sc."Internal Combustion Engineering", Kings College London University, 1974.
Ph.D. "An Experimental and Theoretical Examination of the Combustion Processes in a Reciprocating Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Engine",The City University London, 1981.
Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE)
Chartered Engineer (CEng)
European Engineer (EurIng)
Member Stowarzyszenia Inzynierowi Technikow Mechanikow Polskich (SIMP)
My current research interests broadly cover the following areas:
Thermal Power Systems, Refrigeration, Combined Cycles, Internal Combustion Engines, Finite Time Thermodynamics.
In the early 1990s I took the strategic decision to move away from the then traditional research areas in internal combustion engines (I set up a spark ignition engine laboratory at Newcastle) to focus on combined cycles and especially the impact of ambient conditions, off design operation and component interaction. At the time this work was criticised as being ‘unfasionable’; it is interesting, with the issues around global warming, to see just how relevent this work now is. When can unfashionable be replaced by visionary? My personal research and postgraduate supervision is now entirely by simulation using IPSEpro and other such software. Some details of the cycles combinations examined (such as tri-generation, CHP, Cogas etc.) can be seen in the publications listed below.
1. M. Dalichaouch, “A Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of an Absorption Refrigeration System for Application with Solar Energy Units”. Ph.D. completed August 1989.
2. M. Bendali-Amor, “Secondary and End wall Losses in an Axial Flow Compressor”. Ph.D. completed January 1992.
3. C. K. Tam, “An Examination of the Combustion Process in a Lean Burn Spark Ignition Engine”. Ph.D. completed April 1994.
4. R. Atan, “Theoretical Study of Absorption Refrigeration based Air Conditioning System for Vehicle Applications”. Ph.D. completed May 1996.
5. M. Mostafavi, “Theoretical and Experimental Study of a Combined Diesel and Vapour Absorption Refrigeration System for Cycle Efficiency Enhancement”. Ph.D. completed April 1996.
6. D. Ventouris, “Diesel Engine Transients”. M.Phil. part time commenced October 1993, completed November 1996.
7. G. Hickman (CASE Student), “Combustion Processes in a Lean Burn Spark Ignition Engine”. Ph.D. completed February 1998.
8. M. Hamza, “The Aerodynamic Design of Motorcycle Crash Helmets”, M.Phil. full time commenced July 1995, completed August 1998.
9. L. Naas, “Aerodynamic Aspects of Finned Tube Heat Exchangers”. M.Phil. full time commenced December 1996, completed May 1998.
10. Mrs. E. H. Betelmal, “An Examination of IRMPD Laser Ignition”. M.Phil. full time commenced December 1996 completed May 1998.
11. A. Alaktiwi, “An Experimental and Theoretical Examination of the Operating Characteristics of an Air-Cooled Lithium Bromide-Water Absorption Refrigeration Machine”. Ph.D. full time commenced May 1996 completed July 2003.
12. M. Talbi, “Advanced Thermal Cycles, Diesel Absorption”. Ph.D. full time commenced June 1996, completed March 2000.
13. K. Y. Ali, “A New Comprehensive Model for Predicting Flow Regimes and Flow Characteristics in Horizontal Two-Phase Flows”, M.Phil. full time commenced June 1997 completed January 2000.
14. E. Halamic, “An Examination of the Performance of Alternative Refrigerants”, M.Phil. part time commenced October 1997 completed September 2001.
15. Mrs. E. H. Betelmal, “Optimisation and Thermo-Economic Analysis of a Brayton-Absorption Cycle”. Ph.D. full time commenced June 2001, completed June 2005.
16. M. Al. Alabdoadaim, “Advanced Thermodynamic Cycles”. Ph.D. full time commenced August 2001, completed January 2005.
17. M. Hamza, “A Study of Road Traffic Accidents, Casualties Injury Patterns in Libya”. Ph.D. full time commenced May 2002, completed April 2005.
18. S. M. Ameli, “Theoretical and Practical Studies to Develop a Heat Pipe Based Cooling System for a High Power Projector Lamp”. M.Phil. full time commenced January 2003, completed June 2004.
19. B. Alyiu, “Thevetia Peruviana as a Source of Bio-Fuel”. Ph.D. Commenced September 2005.
20. M. Bughazem “Advanced Thermodynamic Cycle Simulation and Optimisation” Ph.D. Commenced April 2006.
21. K. Al-Zahrani “Optimisation of Extended Thermodynamic Cycle Combinations”. Ph.D. Commenced January 2007
22. S. Masheiti “Simulation of Integrated Geothermal Based Distributed Energy System in Waddan City, Libya”. Ph.D. Commenced January 2007.
23. E. Halimic “Two phase Heat Transfer in Micro Channels”. Ph.D. Case Studentship, Commenced June 2007.
24. B. Makhdoom, “Micro Generation Systems”. Ph.D. Commenced March 2008.
25. A. El-Sharif “Solar hydrogen Generation”. Ph.D. Commenced July 2008.
Chairman of the North East Region of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Visiting Professor Universiti Teknologi, MARA, Shah Alam, Malysia
Visiting Professor to the Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland.
Visiting Professor to London Southbank University.
Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, 2002, ongoing.
Guest editor of the Journal Applied Thermal Engineering.
Member of the Organising Committee of the International Conference of Heat Powered Cycles.
Member of the Scientific Committee of the Journal of Science & Technologie, 1999, ongoing.
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Iranian Journal of Science and Technology 1999, ongoing.
Member of Comite Scientifique Sciences B, Revue semestrielle de l'universite Mentouri Constantine-Algerie.
External Examiner, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappali, India: 2008.
Summary of Research Council Awards
EP/F023685/1 Sustainable Innovative Refrigeration and Air conditioning Network
EP/E028705/1 Development of Miniature Refrigeration Systems for Electronics Cooling, with London South Bank University and Oxford University
GR/F10941/01 Development of the Turbosep with Domnik Hunter
GR/D99539/01 Lean burn Combustion with the Ford Motor Company
- Eshoul NM, Agnew B, Anderson A, Atab MS. Exergetic and economic analysis of two-pass RO desalination proposed plant for domestic water and irrigation. Energy 2017, 122, 319-328.
- Eshoul N, Agnew B, Al-Weshahi MA, Latrash F. Exergy analysis of two-pass reverse osmosis (RO) desalination with and without energy recovery turbine (ERT). International Journal of Exergy 2016, 19(1), 1-14.
- Eshoul NM, Agnew B, Mnider AM. Parametric study of mult-effect desalination with thermal vapour compression plant. In: 7th International Renewable Energy Congress (IREC). 2016, Washington DC, USA: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
- Brune M, Charlton J, Pflitsch A, Agnew B. The Influence of subway climatology on gas dispersion and the effectiveness of guided evacuations in a complex subway station. Meteorologische Zeitschrift 2016, 25(4), 489-499.
- Mathkor RZ, Agnew B, Al-Weshahi MA, Latrsh F. Exergetic Analysis of an Integrated Tri-Generation Organic Rankine Cycle. Energies 2015, 8(8), 8835-8856.
- Eshoul NM, Agnew B, Al-Weshahi MA, Atab MS. Exergy Analysis of a Two-Pass Reverse Osmosis (RO) Desalination Unit with and without an Energy Recovery Turbine (ERT) and Pressure Exchanger (PX). Energies 2015, 8(7), 6910-6925.
- Shi XJ, Gao JM, Agnew B, Liang WY, Wang W. Experimental and numerical study of an integrated air- and steam-cooled gas turbine vane. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechinical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy 2015, 229(3), 240-255.
- Agnew B, Walker S, Ng B, Tam ICK. Finite Time Analysis of a Tri-Generation Cycle. Energies 2015, 8(6), 6215-6229.
- Agnew B, Walker S, Ng B, Tam ICK. Maximum output from a tri-generation cycle. Applied Thermal Engineering 2015, 90, 1015-1020.
- Eshoul NM, Agnew B, Mathkor RZ. Thermodynamic analysis of combined cycle power plant standalone and coupled with multi effect desalination with thermal vapor compression. In: 2015 6th International Renewable Energy Congress (IREC). 2015, Sousse, Tunisia: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
- Masheiti SA, Agnew B, Talbi M, Atan R, Walker S. Environmental and thermal benefits of linking Brayton, absorption chiller, and organic Rankine cycles with low-enthalpy geothermal source at an arid-zone area of Libya. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A, Journal of Power and Energy 2012, 226(4), 545-555.
- Aneke M, Agnew B, Underwood C, Wu HW, Masheiti S. Power generation from waste heat in a food processing application. Applied Thermal Engineering 2012, 36, 171-180.
- Masheiti S, Agnew B, Walker S. An Evaluation of R134a and R245fa as the Working Fluid in an Organic Rankine Cycle Energized from a Low Temperature Geothermal Energy Source. Journal of Energy and Power Engineering 2011, 5, 392-402.
- Shi X, Agnew B, Che D. Analysis of a combined cycle power plant integrated with a liquid natural gas gasification and power generation system. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy 2011, 225(A1), 1-11.
- Aliyu B, Shitanda D, Walker S, Agnew B, Masheiti S, Atan R. Performance and exhaust emissions of a diesel engine fuelled with Croton megalocarpus (musine) methyl ester. Applied Thermal Engineering 2011, 31(1), 36-41.
- Davies G, Eames I, Bailey P, Dadd M, Janiszewski A, Stone R, Maidment G, Agnew B. Cooling microprocessors using vapor compression refrigeration. In: 12th IEEE Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems, ITherm 2010. 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: IEEE.
- Davies G, Eames I, Bailey P, Dadd M, Janiszewski A, Stone C, Maidment G, Agnew B. Development of a miniature vapor compression refrigeration system for electronic cooling. In: Proceedings of the ASME InterPack Conference (IPACK). 2010, San Francisco, California, USA: ASME International.
- Masheiti S, Agnew B. The influence of coolant temperature on a single-effect lithium bromide-water absorption chiller when energized from a low-temperature source. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy 2010, 224(A7), 947-955.
- Masheiti S, Agnew B. Thermodynamic Simulation Modelling of Low-Temperature Geothermal Source Located in Arid-Zone Area North Africa. Jordan Journal of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 2010, 4, 1.
- Agnew B, Bughazem M, Talbi M. Improvement of the Single Shaft Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Plant by Intake Air Cooling using an Absorption Cooler. In: Heat Powered Cycles. 2009, Berlin, Germany.
- Agnew B, Masheiti S. Simulation of Water and Air Cooled Lithium Bromide Chillers Powered by Low Temperature Geothermal Heat Source at Arid Zone Area. In: Heat Powered Cycles. 2009, Berlin, Germany.
- Masheiti S, Agnew B, Atan R. The Effects of Coolant temperature and Low Energy Source on Various Cycle Parameters of Single Effect lithium bromide-water Absorption Chillers. In: International Conference on Applications and Design in Mechanical Engineering (ICADME). 2009, Malaysia.
- Masheiti S, Agnew B. Utilisation of a Low Temperature Geothermal Heat Source for Power Generation. In: International Conference and Exhibition on Green Energy and Sustainability for Arid Regions and Mediterranean Countries (ICEGES). 2009, Amman, Jordan.
- Ameli SM, Agnew B, Potts I. Integrated distributed energy evaluation software (IDEAS): Simulation of a micro-turbine based CHP system. Applied Thermal Engineering 2007, 27(13), 2161-2165.
- Agnew B, Critoph R, Eames IW, Karayiannis TG. Special edition of Applied Thermal Engineering. Applied Thermal Engineering 2007, 27(13), 2159-2160.
- Alabdoadaim MA, Agnew B, Potts I. Examination of the performance of an unconventional combination of Rankine, Brayton, and inverse Brayton cycles. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy 2006, 220(4), 305-313.
- Alabdoadaim MA, Agnew B, Potts I. Performance analysis of combined Brayton and inverse Brayton cycles and developed configurations. Applied Thermal Engineering 2006, 26(14-15), 1448-1454.
- Agnew B, Ameli SM, Potts I. A Simulation model of Integrated Distributed Energy Systems. Applied Thermal Engineering 2005. In Press.
- Agnew B, Ameli SM. A finite time analysis of a cascade refrigeration system using alternative refrigerants. Applied Thermal Engineering 2004, 24(17-18), 2557-2565.
- Alabdoadaim MA, Agnew B. Evaluation of an Energetic System Consisting of Brayton, Inverse Brayton and Absorption Cycles. In: 3rd International Conference on Heat Driven Cycles. 2004, Larnaca, Cyprus.
- Alabdoadaim MA, Agnew B, Alaktiwi A. Examination of the performance envelope of combined Rankine, Brayton and two parallel inverse Brayton cycles. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy 2004, 218(6), 377-385.
- Agnew B, Alaktiwi A, Anderson A, Potts I. Simulation of a combined Rankine-absorption cycle. Applied Thermal Engineering 2004, 24(10), 1501-1511.
- Betelmal E, Agnew B. Simulation of Brayton-Absorption Cogeneration Cycle. In: 3rd International Conference on Heat Driven Cycles. 2004, Larnaca, Cyprus.
- Ameli SM, Agnew B. Simulation of Distributed Energy Systems. In: 3rd International Conference on Heat Driven Cycles. 2004, Larnaca, Cyprus.
- Halimic E, Ross D, Agnew B, Anderson A, Potts I. A comparison of the operating performance of alternative refrigerants. Applied Thermal Engineering 2003, 23(12), 1441-1451.
- Frost TH, Anderson A, Agnew B, Potts I. Optimization of an air-cooled hybrid gas turbine cycle (Brayton/Ericsson). Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy 2003, 217(3), 233-238.
- Agnew B, Anderson A, Potts I, Frost TH, Alabdoadaim MA. Simulation of combined Brayton and inverse Brayton cycles. Applied Thermal Engineering 2003, 23(8), 953-963.
- Talbi M, Agnew B. Energy recovery from diesel engine exhaust gases for performance enhancement and air conditioning. In: Applied Thermal Engineering: Heat Powered Cycles Conference (HPC01). 2002, Metiers, France: Pergamon.
- Agnew B, Anderson A, Fisher EH, Potts I. Optimisation of an Ideal Absorption Refrigeration System. Energy 2002, 2(3), 186-191.
- Agnew B, Talbi M. Energy recovery from diesel engine exhaust gases for performance enhancement and air conditioning. In: Heat Powered Cycles conference (HPC01). 2001, Paris, France: Pergamon.
- Talbi MM, Agnew B. Exergy analysis: An absorption refrigerator using lithium bromide and water as the working fluids. Applied Thermal Engineering 2000, 20(7), 619-630.
- Agnew B, Talbi M, Mostafavi M. Combined power and cooling, an analysis of the combined Diesel-absorption cycle. Applied Thermal Engineering 1999, 19(10), 1097-1105.
- Agnew B, Alatkiwi A, Mostafvi M. Thermodynamic analysis of combined open-cycle-twin-shaft gas turbine (Brayton cycle) and exhaust gas operated absorption refrigeration unit. . Appl Therm. Eng., 18(9-10), 847-856 1998.
- Anderson A, Frost TH, Agnew B. A Hybrid Gas Turbine Cycle (Brayton/Ericsson): An Alternative to Conventional Combined Gas and Steam Turbine Power Plant. . Proc Instn Mech Engrs Part A: J. Power and Energy , 211(2), 121-131 1997.
- Anderson A, Agnew B, Frost TH. Optimisation of a steady-flow Carnot Cycle with external irreversibilities for maximum specific output. . Appl. Therm. Eng., 17(1), 42064 1997.
- Mostafavi M, Agnew B. Thermodynamic analysis of combined diesel engine and absorption refrigeration unit - Naturally aspirated engine with precooling. Applied Thermal Engineering 1997, 17(6), 593-599.
- Mostafavi M, Agnew B. Thermodynamic analysis of combined diesel engine and absorption refrigeration unit-naturally aspirated diesel engine. Applied Thermal Engineering 1997, 17(5), 471-478.