Professor Rob Morgan is based within the Advanced Engineering Centre, and has been a researcher at the university since 2012 following 20 years working in industry. He is joint secretary to the Universities’ Internal Combustion Engines Group (UnICEG) as well as a member of the IMechE Powertrain Systems and Fuels Group. Professor Morgan was also the director of the APC Thermal Efficiency spoke until 2017 and Assistant Head of the Advanced Engineering Centre until 2019.
The focus of his research is in the broad area of sustainability, specifically on clean, efficient propulsion for transport and large scale energy systems. His work in engines is currently focused on the recuperated split cycle engine, working industrial partners such as Ricardo and Fiat Powertrain.
This research includes experimental activities on engines and test rigs and fundamental modelling of the processes in the engine using computation fluid dynamics. He also works in energy systems, such as liquid air energy storage and sustainable fuels.
Professor Morgan is also a co-founder of the Impact Factory, an initiative that brings enterprise, academia and teaching together to address the messy problems arising from the sustainability crisis. The Impact Factory applies techniques normally applied to social science and business issues to technological problems to ensure the right questions are asked and better outcomes achieved.
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Dr Konstantina Vogiatzaki is an expert in the simulations of multiphase flows and holds a prestigious EPSRC Fellowship in Cryogenic Fluids. Her research seeks to unlock the physics and push the manifold operating limits of our modern energy systems in order to increase their efficiency, regulate their fuel consumption and minimise their harmful emissions.
Dr Vogiatzaki's research focuses on the development and accessibility of 'ultra high efficient, ultra low emission' energy systems, whilst working in close collaboration with industries helping them to develop environmentally responsible and sustainable energy systems.
As an Associate Professor (Reader) at the University of Brighton, Konstantina combines the computational power of supercomputers and the predictive abilities of Computational Fluid Dynamics to create novel tools available to both academic and industrial sectors and to facilitate the virtual design of future systems.
Before coming to Brighton, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College for two years, developing probabilistic LES models for sprays in gas turbines using stochastic fields approach, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA where she was appointed as Research Fellow at the Mechanical Engineering Department. There, she led the Computational Fluid Dynamics team of the MIT's Reacting Gas Dynamics Laboratory for two years.
Dr Vogiatzaki’s research appears in several top fully-refereed international journals and is an elected member of both the Combustion Physics Group (Institute of Physics), and the British Section of The Combustion Institute.
She was awarded the Bernard Lewis Fellowship by the Combustion Institute in 2010 for her work on the development of a novel turbulent combustion modelling framework and in the “Hinshelwood Prize” which recognises meritorious work by a young members of the British Section of the Combustion Institute.
Product Life Cycle Development and Commercialisation
Professor Andy Atkins is the Global Senior Technologist at Ricardo and a research partner of the University holding a visiting Professorship.
He has extensive experience of the design and supply chain of cryogenic systems having developed systems at liquid helium, as well as liquid nitrogen and LNG temperatures.