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Alasdair Cairns

Chair in Automotive Propulsion, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Chair in Automotive Propulsion with a background in low carbon powertrain within both academia and industry.

  • 2016 - Professor, University of Nottingham
  • 2016 - 2016 Deputy Head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Brunel
  • 2014 - 2016 Director of Teaching and Learning, Brunel University London
  • 2013 - 2016 Professor, Brunel University London
  • 2010 - 2013 Senior Lecturer, Brunel University London
  • 2006 - 2009 Principal Research & Development Engineer, MAHLE Powertrain Ltd.
  • 2003 - 2006 Senior Research & Development Engineer, Cosworth Technology Ltd.
  • 2000 - 2002 Development Engineer, Cosworth Technology Ltd.

Professor Alasdair Cairns is a member of the Fluids and Thermal Engineering Research Group.

Expertise Summary

  • IC engine combustion (SI, diesel, dual fuel, light and heavy duty applications)
  • Advanced and alternative fuels (gaseous and liquid low carbon fuels)
  • Advanced IC engine valvetrain systems
  • IC engine, hybrid vehicle and battery electric vehicle systems & thermal management
  • Automotive energy recovery systems (thermal and kinetic)
  • Advanced boosting systems (including hydraulic assist and E-Boosting)

Teaching Summary

IC Engines, Automotive Vehicle Design, Thermofluids

Research Summary

Internal combustion engine combustion, performance, fuel economy & emissions Powertrain thermal management (ICE, hybrid, BEV) IC engine parasitic loss reduction Automotive energy… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

  • Internal combustion engine combustion, performance, fuel economy & emissions
  • Powertrain thermal management (ICE, hybrid, BEV)
  • IC engine parasitic loss reduction
  • Automotive energy recovery systems (thermal and kinetic)

Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering

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