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Ongoing Projects: SERVE - pdf 15 KB

The Future Power Systems Group is currently working towards the first year on the  SERVE program - Flex-diesel Engines with Sustainable Bio- fuels for Clean and Efficient On- and Off-Road Vehicle Engines.

The project aims to provide technical solutions that will allow the diesel engine to operate with a diverse range of renewable fuels and it has two major objectives: 1) to identify the changes required by the engine system (including aftertreatment) to run on blends containing up to 30% of a variety of both generations bio-diesel fuels; 2) to develop novel 'Flex-diesel' technologies involving onboard pre- and after-treatment to maintain optimized engine performance and emissions with increasing percentages of fully sustainable bio-fuels and thermal management.

This project is funded by the UK Government and the Technology Strategy Board (formerly known as DTI - Department of Trade and Industry) in collaboration with Jaguar Cars. Total Funding £2.12 million.

New Project: Impact of DMF on Engine Performance and Emissions as a New Generation of Sustainable Biofuel - pdf 22 KB

This project is funded by EPSRC . Total Funding £0.520 million.

New Project:  Diesel Particulate Filter Regeneration with On-Board Produced Hydrogen-Rich Gas - pdf 15 KB

This project is funded by EPSRC . Total Funding £0.156 million.

Completed Projects:  CHASE pdf - 163 KB

The Future Power Systems Group has successfully completed the  CHASE program. (Controlled Homogeneous Auto-ignition Supercharged Engine).

This project aims to develop a clean and efficient powertrain system centred on a supercharged homogeneous charge compression ignition engine with on-board fuel reformer and thermal management.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the Foresight Vehicle Program in collaboration with Jaguar Cars. Total Funding £2.359 million.

Completed Projects: CHARGE - pdf 51 KB

The Future Power Systems Group has successfully completed the CHARGE program.

(Controlled Homogeneous Auto-Ignition Reformed Gas Engine).

This project aimed in general at developing a clean and efficient powertrain system, in order to meet the challenge and requirement for the next generation of vehicles.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the Foresight Vehicle Program in collaboration with Jaguar Cars. Total Funding £0.565 million.

Current Research Work includes:

Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition

Alternative fuels: biodiesel, ethanol, biogas, natural gas, hydrogen

On-board Hydrogen Generation by Exhaust Gas Fuel Reforming

  • Application in HCCI (CAI)
  • Diesel
  • Natural Gas SI

Analysis of Emissions & Particulates

Modelling

Enhanced Condensation Heat Transfer

Trans-sonic Flows in Steam Turbines