The SHRL have been awarded a £1.3m EPSRC research grant to study the deformation of microscopic fuel droplets.
We are seeking to recruit two EPSRC Research Fellows.
We are currently offering a fully funded PhD studentship on laser diagnostics for sprays.
Modelling expertise at the SHRL
Contact: Prof Sergei Sazhin
The main directions of current research in CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and modelling are:
- Development of autoignition models in view of applications to internal engines (in collaboration with Professor J Griffiths (University of Leeds, UK). Funded by EPSRC grant EP/F058276/1
- Investigation of the applicability of an advanced mathematical technique (integral manifold method) to modelling ignition processes in Diesel engines (In collaboration with Ben-Gurion State University, Israel and Samara State University, Russia). This project was partially funded by EPSRC (grant GR/S98368/01) and is currently funded by the Royal Society.
- Development of a mathematical theory of vortex rings in view of applications to gasoline engines (in collaboration with Tallinn Technical University, Estonia). Funded was by EPSRC grant EP/E047912/1
- Development of advanced kinetic models for fuel droplet evaporation (in collaboration with Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia). This project was funded by EPSRC (grant EP/E02243X/1) and is currently funded by the Royal Society.
- Modelling of jet instabilities and spray primary break-up. Funded by EPSRC grant EP/F069855/1.
- Modelling of droplet evaporation taking into account the effects of moving boundaries (In collaboration with the University of Nancy, France).
- Modelling of heating and evaporation of multi-component droplets. Funded by INTERREG.
- A numerical simulation of gas exchange processes to assess the feasibility of two and four stroke engine configuration for gasoline engine downsizing (in association with DTI and Brunel University). Funded by EPSRC grant EP/F058276/.
- Analysis of droplet grouping in an oscillating air flow. This project was funded by EPSRC (grant EP/D002044/1).
Models are validated using experimental data from members of the team working on sprays and combustion.