The SSFR (Steady-State Flow Rig) was a highly prestigious and confidential research project undertaken in collaboration with Ricardo UK and a motorsport company. Brighton was considered to have the skills and depth of experience required to carry out an experimental research programme focused on the pinnacle of motorsport engineering.
A specialist laboratory was designed and commissioned at the University to replicate the intake and in-cylinder conditions encountered in a racing engine operating at full-throttle. Comprehensive experimental investigations of the airflows, fuel spray injection, mixing processes and heat transfer were undertaken over a period of two years. Fundamentally, the results were used to analyse the processes of fuel spray droplet break-up in high speed gas flows that could be used to inform future racing engine design and provide validation of highly advanced computational models.
Dr Steven Begg
Dr Guillaume de Sercey