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Research interests

Professor Morgan Heikal's initial research interests focused on heat transfer and thermal systems, however, he is particularly interested in:

  • Internal combustion engines
  • Laser diagnostic techniques
  • Compact heat exchangers

He leads the Advanced Engineering Centre at the University of Brighton. This vibrant centre produces groundbreaking research into internal combustion engines and the development of laser-based diagnostic measurement techniques, which are fundamental to modelling and computational simulation.

Under his leadership, the centre has achieved international recognition in the automotive industry. Collaborating extensively, AEC researchers have worked with over 40 academic institutions and 30 industrial partners. Notably, he has helped to develop an ongoing partnership with Ricardo UK Ltd, a leading technology provider and strategic consultancy for the world’s transportation sector and clean energy industries.

Scholarly biography

Professor Morgan Heikal heads up the Advanced Engineering Centre(AEC) based at the Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratories (SHRL) within the University of Brighton. He is involved in the transportation sector and profession through his activities in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), which includes serving on a number of committees and consultation on issues affecting the profession such as accreditation of engineering degrees and learned society activities. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE) and current chairman of the UK Universities Internal Combustion Engines Group (UnICEG).

Examples of his international involvement include his appointment as a Senior Visiting Professor at the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia, membership of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT), chairing and organising international meetings, and giving keynote presentations.

He has supervised 48 Doctorate (PhD) and nine Master (MPhil) research degrees to successful completion and is currently supervising 13 postgraduate students. He has examined over 31 Doctorate degrees at 18 universities in the UK and abroad.  He has won research grants of £6.8 million over the past five years; given 24 invited and keynote presentations; published over 225 papers in peer review journals and international conferences; made eight contributions to reference books and been awarded six UK and international patents.

His standing in the community has been recognised through his invitation by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to join one of the assessment panels for the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). The Research Excellence Framework is a process of expert review of research in Higher Education Institutions across the United Kingdom, which informs the allocation of £1.5 billion in annual quality-related research funding.

"In 1973, I received a first class honours degree (BSc) in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University. I continued my studies at UMIST in Manchester, gaining an MSc in Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics and a PhD in Heat Transfer. Following two years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, I spent four years in industry becoming Technical Director at Cameron Plint Tribology Ltd in Wokingham.

"I joined Brighton Polytechnic (as it was then) as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering in 1982. I became a Principal Lecturer, Reader and then in 1994, I became Head of Research for the Department of Mechanical Manufacturing and Engineering at the University of Brighton and received sponsorship of my post as Delphi Professor of Thermal Systems (1994 –1998), in recognition of my contributions to heat exchanger research.

"Between 1998 and 2008, I held the post of Head of the Engineering Research Centre for the School of Engineering, engaged as a visiting engineer at Ricardo UK Ltd and became the Deputy Head of the School of Environment and Technology.

"From 2008 to the present day, I have headed up the Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC), been awarded Ricardo Professor of Automotive Engineering

"In recognition of my contributions to automotive research, acted as Director for the Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratories and gained invaluable international experience as visiting senior professor at the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia, advising on research strategy and establishing research links with industry.

"Throughout my 32-year career at Brighton, I have pursued and developed leading research, research-informed teaching and fostered loyal academic citizenship. I have supervised 48 Doctorate (PhD) and nine Master (MPhil) research degrees to successful completion and am currently supervising 13 postgraduate students. I am proud to have helped research students fulfil their ambition to carve careers in industry and to have mentored several students as independent researchers now making key contributions to the success of the Centre for Automotive Engineering.

"I have maintained my own research agenda, winning research grants of £6.8 million over the past five years. I have given 24 invited and keynote presentations; published over 225 papers in peer review journals and international conferences; made eight contributions to reference books and been awarded six UK and international patents. I am a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a European Engineer. My research esteem, consultancy, research students, roles and awards are listed in this table."

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Projects 2009 2018

Research Output 1979 2018

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 Nov 2018 131, p. 815-821

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Explosions
Emulsions
Water
Boiling liquids
Temperature

Combustion performance of rubber seed methyl ester using aromatic and phenolic antioxidants in a multi-cylinder diesel engine

Adam, I. K., Heikal, M. R., Aziz, A. R. A., Othman, A. R. & Yusup, S. 8 Sep 2018 20, 10, p. 2239–2253

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biofuels
Rubber
diesel engine
Engine cylinders
Biodiesel

Effect of boost pressure on the in-cylinder tumble- motion of GDI engine under steady-state conditions using Stereoscopic-PIV

El Adawy, M., Heikal, M. R., Aziz, A. R. A., Munir, S. & Siddiqui, M. I. 1 May 2018 11, 3, p. 733-742 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
gasoline
Direct injection
particle image velocimetry
Engine cylinders
acceleration (physics)

Investigation of puffing and micro-explosion of water-in-diesel emulsion spray using shadow imaging

Ismael, M. A., Heikal, M. R., Aziz, A. R. A., Crua, C., El-Adawy, M., Nissar, Z., Baharom, M. B., Zainal, E. Z. A. & Firmansyah 30 Aug 2018 11, 9, 2281

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Emulsion
Spray
Droplet
Explosion
Explosions