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Researcher in the University of Brighton Advanced Engineering Centre working with laboratory apparatusThe Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC) is an internationally-recognised centre of research excellence with an established track record of pioneering research in applied thermofluids, including automotive engineering, heat transfer, sprays and two phase flows.

Led by Professor Morgan Heikal, the centre has an international reputation for producing innovative, future-facing research. We investigate and optimise complex engine combustion processes and develop laser-based measurement techniques, fundamental modelling and computational simulation. We work alongside global academics, industry leaders and policymakers to significantly impact the transportation, aerospace and medical sectors. Our focus is on applied research and development for the solution of industrial and commercial problems.  

Our research centre has built a 20-year partnership with Ricardo plc, culminating in the establishment of the world-leading Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratories (SHRL) and a rich, ongoing collaboration. We conduct pioneering work on novel low carbon internal combustion systems and have a direct environmental impact through creating greater fuel efficiency and developing ways in which to reduce CO2 and other harmful emissions.

Together with our numerous industrial partners, we continually invest in facilities, equipment and our researchers to help us build new capabilities, refine our modelling and simulation methods and exploit fully our joint expertise.

Our research team collaborates on a national and international scale, with more than 40 academic institutions and 30 commercial companies and receives a balance of funding from government, Research Councils and industry.

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Heat pipes Engineering & Materials Science
Engines Engineering & Materials Science
Evaporation Engineering & Materials Science
Heating Engineering & Materials Science
Biodiesel Engineering & Materials Science
Engine cylinders Engineering & Materials Science
Gasoline Engineering & Materials Science
gasoline Physics & Astronomy

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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 2012 2019

A New-Generation Lean Gasoline Engine for Reduced CO2 in an Electrified World

Atkins, P., Osborne, R., Lane, A., Turner, N., Hinton, N., Gidney, J., Cleeton, J. & Morgan, R., 18 May 2019, International Vienna Motor Symposium 2019.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBNResearchpeer-review

An original look into pulsating heat pipes: Inverse heat conduction approach for assessing the thermal behaviour

Cattani, L., Mangini, D., Bozzoli, F., Pietrasanta, L., Miche, N., Mameli, M., Filippeschi, S., Rainieri, S. & Marengo, M., 26 Feb 2019, In : Thermal Science and Engineering Progress. 10, p. 317-326 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Heat pipes
Heat conduction
Heat flux
Aluminum Oxide

A simple model for puffing/micro-explosions in water-fuel emulsion droplets

Sazhin, S., Rybdylova, O., Crua, C., Heikal, M., Ismael, M., Nissar, Z. & Aziz, R., 28 Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 131, p. 815-821 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Boiling liquids

Activities 2015 2018

Higher Education: the top universities

Vladimir Zubkov (Presenter)
Oct 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Widely Applied Maths Seminar Series

Vladimir Zubkov (Participant)
Sep 2018

Activity: EventsEvent

Droplet heating and evaporation: hydrodynamic, kinetic and molecular dynamic modelling

Sergei Sazhin (Presenter)
20 Jul 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk