BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Advanced Powertrain and Fuels

Ph.D  |  Placement Year:   No

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

Research profile

In the Advanced Powertrain and Fuels theme, we have particular strengths in improving the efficiency and reducing emissions of existing engines through developing advanced combustion processes and their controls and boosting technologies. We are equipped with the most advanced camless and direct injection research engines,  as well as state-of-art laser and optical equipment for the study of fuels and engines: in particular marrying experimental and modelling methods and through the utilisation of advanced laser measurement techniques in transparent optical engines . The research on regenerative engine 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.

As 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 and involves 7 full-time members of academic staff, 25 PhD and RAs. 

The faculty working on Advanced Powertrain and Fuels at Brunel have been recognised for their outstanding skills. In 2015, Prof Zhao was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, joining other distinguished academics from renowned research institutions and technologists from world-leading engineering companies. Hua was honoured for his fundamental and applied research into novel engine combustion concepts, air hybrid engine and vehicle technologies, and advanced laser diagnostics for the development of high efficiency and ultra-low emission powertrains for the automotive industry.

While we welcome all multidisciplinary topics in the area of Advanced Powertrain and Fuels, here is a list of potential research areas we would like to supervise. For details of these and other potential topics please visit our Doctoral Opportunities webpage:

  • Prof. Hua Zhao: gasoline engine, diesel engines, laser diagnostics, spray and combustion studies, bio-fuels, air hybrid/energy recovery, variable valve actuation
  • Prof. Thanos Megaritis: fuel reforming, particulate filter, NOx aftertreatment
  • Prof. Alasdair Cairns: gasoline engine, knocking combustion, engine downsizing, dual fuel engines
  • Dr Lionel Ganippa: diesel engines, bio-diesel, fuel spray and injection, diesel emissions
  • Dr Jun Xia: CFD and LES of sprays and combustion flows
  • Dr Apostolos Pesiridis: boosting technologies, turbocharger design, exhaust heat recovery.
Programme description

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

Research profile

In the Advanced Powertrain and Fuels theme, we have particular strengths in improving the efficiency and reducing emissions of existing engines through developing advanced combustion processes and their controls and boosting technologies. We are equipped with the most advanced camless and direct injection research engines,  as well as state-of-art laser and optical equipment for the study of fuels and engines: in particular marrying experimental and modelling methods and through the utilisation of advanced laser measurement techniques in transparent optical engines . The research on regenerative engine 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.

As 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 and involves 7 full-time members of academic staff, 25 PhD and RAs. 

The faculty working on Advanced Powertrain and Fuels at Brunel have been recognised for their outstanding skills. In 2015, Prof Zhao was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, joining other distinguished academics from renowned research institutions and technologists from world-leading engineering companies. Hua was honoured for his fundamental and applied research into novel engine combustion concepts, air hybrid engine and vehicle technologies, and advanced laser diagnostics for the development of high efficiency and ultra-low emission powertrains for the automotive industry.

While we welcome all multidisciplinary topics in the area of Advanced Powertrain and Fuels, here is a list of potential research areas we would like to supervise. For details of these and other potential topics please visit our Doctoral Opportunities webpage:

  • Prof. Hua Zhao: gasoline engine, diesel engines, laser diagnostics, spray and combustion studies, bio-fuels, air hybrid/energy recovery, variable valve actuation
  • Prof. Thanos Megaritis: fuel reforming, particulate filter, NOx aftertreatment
  • Prof. Alasdair Cairns: gasoline engine, knocking combustion, engine downsizing, dual fuel engines
  • Dr Lionel Ganippa: diesel engines, bio-diesel, fuel spray and injection, diesel emissions
  • Dr Jun Xia: CFD and LES of sprays and combustion flows
  • Dr Apostolos Pesiridis: boosting technologies, turbocharger design, exhaust heat recovery.
Key Modules

Many of our PhD graduates are employed in the automotive and oil companies, such as Ford, BP, JLR, Mahle Powertrain, AVL, Ricardo in UK, as well as overseas companies and Institutes in Europe, US, China, Korea and other Asian counctries. Some PhD graduates continued working as postdoctoral research assistants and then employed as University lecturers in UK, Asia and Africa.

Module & Subject

Typical Dissertations

 

Examples of current PhD projects

  • Macklini Dalla Nora: Experimental and numerical studies of a 2-stroke poppet valve direct injection gasoline engine
  • Wei Guan: Advanced diesel combustion in a HD engine with Miller cycle
  • Ian May: Diesel-gas dual fuel combustion technologies in a HD diesel engine
  • Vinicius Pedrozo: Diesel ignited ethanol dual fuel combustion process in a HD diesel engine
  • Yuanping Li: Experimental study of Miller cycle in a highly downsized DI gasoline engine
  • Yan Zhang: Experimental Investigation of controlled auto-ignition combustion in a 2-stroke poppet valve engine
  • Thompson Metzka Lanzanova: Investigation of hydrous ethanol combustion and emissions in 2 and 4-stroke GDI engine
Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 60%- 70% or GPA 2.8/4 - 3.4/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 3 years
Course Fee:  18000.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER