Engines and Fluid Machinery Group
Research in the Engines and Fluid Machinery group covers four main areas:
- Positive Displacement Compressors and their systems
- Gas turbines
- IC engines
- Marine propellers.
Compressor research is based in the Research Centre for Positive Displacement Compressors Technology (CPDCT) established in 1995,http://www.city-compressors.co.uk/, where research is conducted on software development, fault investigation, thermodynamic and fluid flow studies, stress analysis, instrumentation and control, noise prevention and elimination and full product design and development.
Gas turbine research focuses on CFD and aeroelasticity of industrial gas turbines and cooling flow modeling with particular emphasis on low CO2 emissions technology, micro-gas turbines for concentrated solar power and CHP biofuel applications.
The IC engine research focuses on alternative technologies like low carbon vehicles, flywheel hybrid vehicles and electric supercharging but also on optical engines and fuel injector technology. In particular, the group has strong expertise in optical injectors allowing for cavitation studies which is also linked with the work on cavitation in marine propellers; emphasis in this field is given to erosion and response of materials. Other areas include low-grade waste heat recovery, flywheel energy storage and traction motors for electric propulsion.