City’s industry partners and guest researchers from Technical University Dortmund present their findings.

By City Press Office (City Press Office), Published

707462A collaborative City consortium which explores Compressors and Expanders in futuRE Energy Systems (CERES) held its Autumn meeting on November 3rd 2022.

The whole-day hybrid event was chaired by the School of Science and Technology’s Howden/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Compressor Technology Professor Ahmed Kovacevic and attended by CERES partners from industry and guest researchers from Technical University Dortmund.

Mechanical Engineering students pursuing PhD degrees in the Centre for Compressor Technology gave presentations on CERES-supported projects:

  • “Artificial Intelligence tools for accelerated performance predictions and design in compressor systems” by Uduak Ikono;
  • “Sustainable Lubrication” by Shaikh Shahsharif


Additionally there were presentations by City and guest presenters:

  • “PIV, PLIF and IR measurements of roots blower” by Brijesh Patel, (City);
  • “Investigation of the oil distribution in wet running twin-screw compressors” by Matthias Heselmann (TU Dortmund);
  • “Conjugate Heat Transfer in Positive Displacement Machines” by Dr Sham Rane (City);
  • “Investigation of contact loads of unsynchronized screw machines” by Daniel Aurich (TU Dortmund);
  • “Analysis and Design of Internally-Geared Screw Machines” by Dr Matthew Read, Halil Lacevic and Aleksander Krupa, (City);
  • “Investigation of the transverse acoustic modes of screw machines” by Meik Geissendorf (TU Dortmund)

In the afternoon session there was a tour of the Engineering Laboratories, where guests were updated about current experiments.

To conclude the event, there was a discussion of ideas for future projects, with valuable input from industry about relevant topics that could be of interest.


Shaikh Shahsharif, who will be working on theCERES-supported project, ‘Lubricants for oil-injected positive displacement machines’, said:

“I am highly elated to start working on this CERES Project. The distinguishing factor of a CERES PhD project from other PhDs is the collaboration of industry with academia. This combination gives the best of both worlds and will make me industry ready. I have a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering and combined with my MBA, I am looking forward to making my PhD not just for academic research, but for economically viable research in industry, used on a large scale. The thing which excites me the most is working under the supervision of Professor Ahmed Kovacevic and industry leaders in compressor and lubrication technologies”.

Dates for the next year have already been decided, and we are all looking forward to presenting project updates.

Interested in joining CERES? Get in touch via email: [email protected]


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