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Research interests

My research is broadly focussed on the study of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in combustion engines and applications in the wider engineering field. The research can be divided into three main streams:

  1. Fluid mechanics of liquid sprays and multi-phase flow systems.
  2. Thermodynamics of advanced combustion and energy systems; experimental and simulation methods.
  3. Advanced experimental laser and optical measurement techniques.

Since joining the Heat Transfer Research Unit (HTRU) with Prof. Heikal in 1994, I have been involved in the development of the Sir Harry Ricardo Laboratories (SHRL), Centre for Automotive Engineering (CAE) and more recently, the Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC) at Brighton. My work has been supported by 5 EPSRC grants, 3 DfT/DTI/TSB Vehicle Foresight grants, a European FP6 programme (SUSTDEV-2002- and 1 INTERREG IIIa and 2 INTERREG IVa projects. I have been involved as PI/CI in over 27 programmes from 1995, including 15 significant consultancy contracts with large automotive OEM's and a Formula 1 racing team. Fundamental research applied to real world engineering solutions.

Approach to teaching

I am currently the Course leader responsible for the IMechE and IET accredited Automotive Engineering Pathways (BEng, MEng and BSc Top-up). I am involved with teaching on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Engineering programmes as well as supervisor for major dissertations and placements. Over a period of 24 years, I have taught a wide range of subjects that has included Engineering Mechanics, Aircraft and Automotive Systems, Sensors and Interfacing and Powertrain and Transportation Systems. This broad experience and input from Accrediting, Academic and Industrial professionals, has recently re-shaped the content and delivery of our taught programmes. I approach teaching from an experiential perspective in the first year, building competence, independence and subject expertise (mid-degree) and finally consulting skills, at the last stage. A key part is providing the motivation and support to help develop practical skills. Relevent examples and laboratories are used to bridge the link between the theoretical foundations and applied aspects of the discipline (Ingenium, Ingeniare). I use a series of multi-disciplinary, smaller, exploratory tasks to achieve a bigger aim. This develops team work in a way that better reflects the Engineering workplace. At project level, I encourage students to investigate an applied research problem together in the laboratory, in order to show them what they can achieve.         


Scholarly biography

My academic career has developed over a period of 24 years at the University of Brighton where I started as a Research Assistant in 1995. My PhD, in conjunction with Ricardo UK Ltd, was entitled In-cylinder airflow and fuel spray characteristics for a top-entry, direct injection, gasoline engine. As a post-doc, I progressed to Principal Research Fellow before appointment to a lecturing post in 2010 within the School of Engineering. I became a Principal Lecturer, Fellow of the HEA and the Course Leader in 2011. I was appointed Reader in 2013 with nominations from Loughborough, Cardiff and Manchester Universities. I work in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, where my time is split principally between teaching, course leadership and research. I am currently the Course Leader for the Automotive Engineering pathways. I am responsible for Professional Body accreditation, course development and management and academic environment and practice. In 2016, I was appointed Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies for the College of Life, Health and Physical Sciences. I have supervised 5 successful Phd and 1 MPhil completions and I am currently supervising 1 EngD student. I am a grant peer reviewer for the EPSRC and the British Council and have reviewed Journal articles in publications such as 'Fuel', "Journal of Automobile Engineering", "Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science" and "SAE Intl. Journal of Engines". I have acted as both external/internal PhD examiner and PhD Chair. I have been involved in over 15 significant consultancy contracts and acted as a member of expert industrial advisory panels, scientific and organising conference committees, the Universities Internal Combustion Engine Group and the IMEchE Combustion Engines and Fuels Group.


Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research students in experimental thermofluids, including automotive engineering, heat transfer, sprays, two-phase flows and laser and optical measurement techniques.


Supervisory Interests


Mr Andrew Harvey

Low-Speed Pre-Ignition in Turbo-Charged, Direct Injection, Gasoline Engines.




Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

External positions

Fellow, Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy, UK


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Combustion engines
  • Spray
  • Droplets
  • Experimental fluid mechanics
  • Optical diagnostics
  • Simulation

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Projects 2013 2018

Research Output 1998 2019

A study of the effect of nanoparticle concentration on the characteristics of nanofluid sprays

Kang, B., Marengo, M. & Begg, S., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics. 12, 2, p. 413-420 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
spray characteristics

An efficient Adaptive Mesh Refinement (AMR) algorithm for the Discontinuous Galerkin method: applications for the computation of compressible two-phase flows

Papoutsakis, A., Begg, S., Danaila, I., Luddens, F. & Sazhin, S., 6 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Computational Physics. 363, p. 399-427 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
compressible flow
Galerkin method
two phase flow

Low-speed pre-ignition in gasoline, turbo-charged, direct injection engines: An analysis of engine testing data

Harvey, A., Desercey, G., Heikal, M., Begg, S. & Osborne, R., 13 Nov 2018, 6th International Conference on Production, Energy and Reliability 2018: World Engineering Science and Technology Congress, ESTCON 2018. American Institute of Physics Inc., Vol. 2035. 050009

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

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Modelling of a two-phase vortex-ring flow using an analytical solution for the carrier phase

Rybdylova, O., Sazhin, S., Osiptsov, A., Kaplanski, F., Begg, S. & Heikal, M., 31 Jan 2018, In : Applied Mathematics and Computation. 326, p. 159-169 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
vortex rings
particle trajectories

The fully Lagrangian approach to the analysis of particle/droplet dynamics: implementation into ANSYS Fluent and application to gasoline sprays

Zaripov, T., Gilfanov, A., Begg, S., Rybdylova, O., Sazhin, S. & Heikal, M., 1 Jun 2017, In : Atomization and Sprays. 27, 6, p. 493-510 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
fuel sprays
charge flow devices