Professor Hongming Xu CEng, FIMechE, FHEA, FSAE

Professor Hongming Xu

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Chair in Energy and Automotive Engineering
Head of Vehicle and Engine Technology Centre

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Mechanical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Hongming Xu is Professor of Energy and Automotive Engineering. He has 6 years of industrial experience with Jaguar Land Rover and Premier Automotive Group of Ford. Formerly member of Ford HCCI, Global Steering Committee, project manager and technical leader of the UK Foresight Vehicle LINK projects, CHARGE and CHASE between 2002 and 2007.

He has over 300 journal and conference publications in engine flow, combustion, emissions, transient operation control and hybrid electric powertrain development involving both experimental and modelling studies. 


  • PhD & DIC, in Mechanical Engineering (Internal Combustion Engines), Imperial College, University of London, 1995
  • MSc (Eng), in Mechanical Engineering (Internal Combustion Engines), Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, 1984
  • BSc (Eng), Mechanical Engineering (Internal Combustion Engines), Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, 1982


Teaching Programmes

  • Automotive Design Process 
  • Powertrain Engineering
  • Turbomachinery and Complex Flow
  • Sustainable Energy

Postgraduate supervision

Hongming Xu’s research interests include fossil fuels and biofuels, fuel systems and mixture preparation, combustion, formation and control of emissions, air flow and turbulence, future powertrains and control and turbo-machinery. he can supervise doctoral research in all these areas.

Other activities

  • Privilege Professor of Tsinghua University
  • Visiting professor of Beijing Institute of Technology, Hefei University of Technology, Xihua University, Zhejiang Automotive Institute (Geely Motor Company)
  • Member of SAE International Hybrid and Electric Powertrains Committee, and Combustion and Fuels Committee.
  • Alternate member of executive Committee of IEA (International Energy Agency) Combustion Task Leaders  


Recent publications


Cash, S, Zhou, Q, Olatunbosun, O, Xu, H, Davis, S & Shaw, R 2019, 'Development of a series hybrid electric aircraft pushback vehicle: a case study' Engineering, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 33-47.

Cash, S, Xu, H, Zhou, Q, Olatunbosun, O, Shaw, R & Davis, S 2019, 'New traction motor sizing strategy for an HEV/EV based on an overcurrent-tolerant prediction model' IET Intelligent Transport Systems, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 168-174.

Harrison, RM, Mackenzie, A, Xu, H, Alam, MS, Nikolova, I, Zhong, J, Singh, A, Zeraati-Rezaei, S, Stark, C, Beddows, DCS, Liang, Z, Xu, R & Cai, X 2018, 'Diesel exhaust nanoparticles and their behaviour in the atmosphere' Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, vol. 474, no. 2220, 20180492.

Zhou, Q, Zhang, Y, Li, Z, Li, J, Xu, H & Olatunbosun, O 2018, 'Cyber-physical energy-saving control for hybrid aircraft-towing tractor based on online swarm intelligent programming' IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. 14, no. 9, pp. 4149-4158.

Zhang, Z, Li, Y, Ma, X, Ding, H, Xu, H, Wang, Z & Shuai, S 2018, 'iCharacteristics of Trans-Critical Propane Spray Discharged from Multi-Hole GDI Injector' Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science.

Badawy, T, Attar, MA, Xu, H & Ghafourian, A 2018, 'Assessment of gasoline direct injector fouling effects on fuel injection, engine performance and emissions' Applied Energy, vol. 220, pp. 351-374.

Badawy, T, Attar, MA, Hutchins, P, Xu, H, Krueger Venus, J & Cracknell, R 2018, 'Investigation of injector coking effects on spray characteristic and engine performance in gasoline direct injection engines' Applied Energy, vol. 220, pp. 375-394.

Li, Z, Li, J, Zhou, Q, Zhang, Y & Xu, H 2018, 'Intelligent air/fuel ratio control strategy with a PI-like fuzzy knowledge–based controller for gasoline direct injection engines' Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, pp. 1-13.

Ma, H, Li, Z, Tayarani, M, Lu, G, Xu, H & Yao, X 2018, 'Model-based computational intelligence multi-objective optimization for gasoline direct injection engine calibration' Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering.

Guo, H, Wang, B, Li, Y, Xu, H & Wu, Z 2018, 'Characterizing external flashing jet from single-hole GDI injector' International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, vol. 121, pp. 924-932.

Zhang, Y, Zhou, Q, Li, Z, Li, J & Xu, H 2018, 'Intelligent transient calibration of a dual-loop EGR diesel engine using chaos-enhanced accelerated particle swarm optimization algorithm' Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering.

Alam, MS, Zeraati-Rezaei, S, Stark, C, Xu, H, MacKenzie, AR, Harrison, RM & Liang, Z 2018, 'Mapping and quantifying isomer sets of hydrocarbons (≥C12) in diesel exhaust, lubricating oil and diesel fuel samples using GC× GC-ToF-MS' Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 3047-3058.

Liang, Z, Chen, L, Alam, MS, Zeraati Rezaei, S, Stark, C, Xu, H & Harrison, RM 2018, 'Comprehensive chemical characterization of lubricating oils used in modern vehicular engines utilizing GC × GC-TOFMS' Fuel, vol. 220, pp. 792-799.

Ma, H, Li, Z, Tayarani, M, Lu, G, Xu, H & Yao, X 2018, 'Computational Intelligence Nonmodel-Based Calibration Approach for Internal Combustion Engines' Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, Transactions of the ASME, vol. 140, no. 4, 041002.


Attar, MA & Xu, H 2018, 'REMOVED: “Experimental investigation of impacts of engine hardware, operating parameters and combustion performance on particulate emissions in a DISI engine”(S0306261916307528)(10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.05.147)' Applied Energy, vol. 215.

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