The Powertrain Research Centre (PRC) is internationally renowned for close collaboration with the automotive industry on multiple aspects of automotive propulsion, with recent and on-going collaborations with major OEMs (JLR, Tata, Ford, Caterpillar), energy companies (Shell, BP), Tier 1s (MAHLE, GKN, Denso) and numerous SMEs.
Our work covers both light and heavy duty applications (transport and power generation). We are interested in multiple aspects of thermofluids in vehicle propulsion, from fundamental experimental and analytical studies of advanced fuels and combustion through to novel integrated thermal management in electrified vehicles.
The PRC is led by Professor Alasdair Cairns, who has over 20 years’ experience within the automotive industry and academia. Dr Antonino LaRocca is an Associate Professor in the PRC, with over 15 years’ experience in advanced powertrain technologies. The centre also includes a team of highly experienced and dedicated technicians. The laboratories have recently undergone major refurbishment, with access to advanced optical and thermodynamic single cylinders, multi-cylinder and transient dynamometers (up to 460kW) as well as various bespoke test rigs and simulation software. We welcome direct enquiries on all related areas.
At low ambient temperatures, diesel engines can exhibit large cycle-by-cycle variations in combustion which affect heat release and work output, particularly during engine starting and cold idling, even when combustion is aided by glow plugs.
Fluids & Thermal Engineering Research Group
Faculty of EngineeringThe University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
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