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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)

Future Research

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Automotive propulsion systems, Internal combustion engines, Exhaust waste heat recovery, Low carbon fuels, Alternative fuels, BatteriesPowertrain thermal management, Hybrid vehicles, Hybrid aircraft, Electric motors

Faculty of Engineering

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD



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