Dr Dawei Wu

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Contact details

School of Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dawei Wu is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and an EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Fellow. Dawei is also a part of the Vehicle Technology Research Centre.

Dawei has published over 50 peer reviewed papers and book chapters in the field of Mechanical and Marine Engineering, mainly on power generation systems, decarbonisation, cryogenic energy applications, novel linear engine generators and zero carbon propulsions. He has received major grants from EPSRC, British Council, and European Commission. His main areas of teaching are modules on thermodynamics, automation control engineering, marine engineering, and mechanical engineering design.


  • PhD in Refrigeration and Cryogenics Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) in Automation Control Engineering


Dr Dawei Wu is an EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Fellow, and a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. Previous to his post at University of Birmingham, he was a senior lecturer in Marine Engineering at School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University.

He had worked in Sir Joseph Swan Institute for Energy Research, Newcastle University and the Energy Institute at Technical University of Berlin. He had been awarded his dual Bachelor Degrees in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering, and Automation Control Engineering, and his PhD in Cryogenics and Refrigeration Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Dr Wu has been working on power generation technologies, including multiple-generations, biofuel engines, Organic Rankine Cycles, and zero carbon fuelled linear engine-generator. He is currently the PI of Powering Carbon-free Autonomous Shipping: Ammonia/Hydrogen dual-fuelled Linear Engine-Generator (EP/S00193X/1) and the Co-I of A Zero-Emission Closed-loop linear-Joule CYcle (ZECCY) engine generator (EP/R041970/1) and A network for hydrogen-fuelled transportation (Network-H2) (EP/S032134/1).  


Teaching Programme

  • Mechanical Engineering

Dr Dawei Wu will start to accept new UG, MEng and MSc dissertation projects from September 2020.

Postgraduate supervision

PhD projects under Dawei's supervision

  • Hydrogen-Oxygen-Argon Reactor Linear Engine-Generator for Zero Emission Power Generation
  • Design and Performance Investigation of Flux Concentrated Tubular Linear Generator for an External Combustion Free Piston Engine
  • A New Desalination Technology: LNG Cryogenic Energy Intensified Fresh Water Generation
  • A Combined Cooling and Power Generation System using ORC Technology on LNG fuelled Vessels
  • Dynamic Modelling and Simulation of Waste Heat Recovery System using Organic Rankine Cycle for Marine Applications
  • Ammonia-Hydrogen Dual Fuelled Linear Engine Generator for Deep Sea Ships
  • The Utilization of Algal Oil Products in Marine Diesel Engines
  • Low Emission Motor Yachts with Zero Carbon Emission Technologies
  • Ammonia using as a future marine fuel on modified marine engines
Please feel free to contact directly to propose new PhD projects. d.wu.1@bham.ac.uk


Ongoing research projects

  • 2019 - 2024 A network for hydrogen-fuelled transportation (Network-H2), Co-I, £1,183,729
  • 2018 – 2021 EPSRC Fellowship: Powering Carbon-free Autonomous Shipping: Ammonia/Hydrogen dual-fuelled Linear Engine-Generator (EP/S00193X/1), PI,  £684,244 £78,000 (studentship)
  • 2018 – 2021 EPSRC responsive mode: A Zero-Emission Closed-loop linear-Joule CYcle (ZECCY) engine generator (EP/R041970/2), Co-I, £897,057

Completed research projects

  • EPSRC Impact Acceleration Awards: Prototyping an innovative LNG cryogenic energy recovery system for power generation on LNG vessels and terminals (Internal ref. no. BH172643), PI
  • Innovate UK: Demonstration of a zero emission, high-efficiency argon-hydrogen reactor for hybrid electric heavy-duty vehicles (TS/P010431/1), Co-I
  • British Council, Researcher Links Travel Grant: Sustainable Modernisation of the Artisan Fishing Vessel Fleet in Indonesia (2016-RLTG7-10317), PI
  • EPSRC, Prosperity Outcomes Awards: Dual reutilisation of waste thermal and cryogenic energy on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ferries (Internal ref. no. BH163000),  PI
  • EPSRC, IAA Seed-corn: Renewable powered Linear Joule-cycle Engine Generator (Internal ref. no. BH140387), Co-I
  • EPSRC, Renewable powered Linear Joule-cycle Engine Generator (EP/K004689/1), lead researcher
  • FP7, Technologies and Scenarios for Low Emissions Shipping (266126), researcher
  • FP7, Innovative Energy Management System for Cargo Ship (266082), researcher
  • EPSRC, Biofuel Micro Trigeneration– Cryogenic Energy Storage (EP/F061978/1), lead researcher
  • EPSRC, Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation Part 2: Building Management linking Energy Demand, Distributed Conversion and Storage using Dynamic Modelling and a Pervasive Sensor Infrastructure (EP/I000755/1), researcher
  • EPSRC, Sustainable Energy through China-UK Research Engagement (EP/K004689/1), researcher
  • ERDF, Centre for CHP, Trigeneration and Energy Storage (NE005165), researcher
  • BIS, Development of a Free Piston Engine for Vehicle Range Extender Applications, researcher
  • EC, Pioneer Production Processes for Beer including Water and Energy management systems (ECO/12/332808), researcher

Other activities

  • A member of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) Programme Peer Review College.
  • A member of the EPSRC Peer Review Associate College.
  • Regular reviewer for Applied Energy, Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Fuel, Ocean Engineering.
  • First Prize in Products and Processes Theme Research Proposal Competition at Newcastle University (2012)
  • First Prize in the Poster Competition on Biofuel, Science and Society Conference at Durham University (2012)
  • Excellent Journal Paper Award, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2007)
  • Best Project Team Award, Institute of Refrigeration & Cryogenics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2007)
  • DAAD Scholarship of German Government (2006)


Highlight publications

Zhang, Z, Li, T, Chen, R, Wang, N, Wei, Y & Wu, D 2021, 'Injection characteristics and fuel-air mixing process of ammonia jets in a constant volume vessel', Fuel, vol. 304, 121408. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2021.121408

Zhang, F, Chen, G, Wu, D, Li, T, Zhang, Z & Wang, N 2021, 'Characterising premixed ammonia and hydrogen combustion for a novel Linear Joule Engine Generator', International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2021.04.110

Zhang, Z, Kouris, GD, Kouris, PD, Hensen, EJM, Boot, MD & Wu, D 2021, 'Investigation of the combustion and emissions of lignin‚Äźderived aromatic oxygenates in a marine diesel engine', Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. https://doi.org/10.1002/bbb.2267

Zhang, F, Chen, G & Wu, D 2021, Combustion and emission characteristics of ammonia/hydrogen dual-fuelled generic gas turbine. in 10th European Combustion Meeting. Proceedings Volume.. The Combustion Institute, pp. 1087-1092, 10th European Combustion Meeting, 14/04/21.

Liu, M, Wu, D, Tsolakis, A & Gao, W 2021, 'A waste cryogenic energy assisted freshwater generator for marine applications', Desalination, vol. 500, 114898. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2020.114898

Recent publications


Li, J, Wu, D, Mohammadsami Attar, H & Xu, H 2022, 'Geometric neuro-fuzzy transfer learning for in-cylinder pressure modelling of a diesel engine fuelled with raw microalgae oil', Applied Energy, vol. 306, no. Part A, 118014. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.118014

Ngwaka, U, Chen, F, Qiu, S, Li, M, Zhang, C & Wu, D 2022, 'Recent progress on performance and control of linear engine generator', International Journal of Engine Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/14680874221118014

Wang, N, Huang, S, Zhang, Z, Li, T, Yi, P, Wu, D & Chen, G 2021, 'Laminar burning characteristics of ammonia/hydrogen/air mixtures with laser ignition', International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, vol. 46, no. 62, pp. 31879-31893. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2021.07.063

Ngwaka, U, Wu, D, Happian-Smith, J, Jia, B, Smallbone, A, Diyoke, C & Roskilly, AP 2021, 'Parametric analysis of a semi-closed-loop linear joule engine generator using argon and oxy-hydrogen combustion', Energy, vol. 217, 119357. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2020.119357

Ng, CW, Tam, ICK & Wu, D 2020, 'Thermo-economic performance of an organic rankine cycle system recovering waste heat onboard an offshore service vessel', Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, vol. 8, no. 5, 351. https://doi.org/10.3390/JMSE8050351

Gao, W, Qi, Q, Zhang, J, Chen, G & Wu, D 2019, 'An experimental study on explosive boiling of superheated droplets in vacuum spray flash evaporation', International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 144, 118552. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2019.118552

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Wu, D & Tsougranis, E-L 2020, LNG Cryogenic Energy Technologies. in Advances in Energy Research. vol. 32, Advances in Energy Research, vol. 32, Nova Science Publishers.

Conference article

Liu, M & Wu, D 2019, 'A new fresh water generation system under high vacuum degrees intensified by LNG cryogenic energy', Energy Procedia, vol. 158, pp. 726-732. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2019.01.194

Wu, D, Tan, HM, Jia, B & Roskilly, AP 2019, 'A preliminary experimental study on a lab-scale Linear Joule Engine prototype', Energy Procedia, vol. 158, pp. 2244-2249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2019.01.174

Conference contribution

Li, Y & Wu, D 2020, A dynamic simulation of a cryogenic power generation system on an LNG fuelled vessel based on ORC technology. in IIR Rankine Conference 2020., 1204, Science et technique du froid, International Institute of Refrigeration, IIR Rankine Conference 2020, United Kingdom, 27/07/20. https://doi.org/10.18462/iir.rankine.2020.1204

Attar, HM, Wu, D & Harvey, AP 2020, A performance and emission investigation of a marine diesel fuelled with B20, B50 and B100 microalgae (Schizochytrium sp.) oil without chemical additive. in RINA, Royal Institution of Naval Architects - International Conference on LNG/LPG and Alternative Fuel Ships 2020, Papers. Royal Institution of Naval Architects, pp. 49-52, RINA, Royal Institution of Naval Architects - International Conference on LNG/LPG and Alternative Fuel Ships 2020, London, United Kingdom, 29/01/20.

Zhang, F & Wu, D 2020, Characteristics of Ammonia/Hydrogen Premixed Combustion in a Novel Linear Engine Generator. in The First World Energies Forum.

Liu, M & Wu, D 2020, Evaluation of LNG cryogenic energy utilization in seawater desalination on LNG fuelled ships. in RINA, Royal Institution of Naval Architects - International Conference on LNG/LPG and Alternative Fuel Ships 2020, Papers. Royal Institution of Naval Architects, pp. 43-48, RINA, Royal Institution of Naval Architects - International Conference on LNG/LPG and Alternative Fuel Ships 2020, London, United Kingdom, 29/01/20.

Korbekandi, RM, Baker, NJ & Wu, D 2019, A study of translator length in a tubular linear electrical machine designed for use in alinear combustion joule engine. in International Symposium on Linear Drives for Industry Applications (LDIA). pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1109/LDIA.2019.8771011

Baker, NJ, Korbekandi, RM, Wu, D & Jalal, AS 2019, An Investigation of Short Translator Linear Machines for Use in a Free Piston Engine. in IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC). pp. 68-73. https://doi.org/10.1109/IEMDC.2019.8785125

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