Department of Mechanical Engineering

Richard Burke

Contact details

Room: 4E 3.42
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 383481

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Turbocharging
  • Engine thermal management
  • Diesel/Petrol combustion control
  • Powertrain systems
  • Dynamic characterisation

Dr Richard Burke

MEng(Hons) CEng PhD FIMechE


Dr Richard Burke is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering.  He was appointed Prize Fellow in Automotive Powertrain Systems in 2012 and is focused on the characterisation of these systems under dynamic operating conditions.

He has strong links with industrial and academic organisations throughout Europe.

Richard was appointed Knowledge Transfer Fellow - Developing Robust Methods for Turbocharger/Engine Matching and Design, in 2011/12.

Between 2008 and 2011, Richard developed his PhD thesis Investigating Interactions between Engine Thermal, Lubrication and Control Systems during Engine Warm-Up.


Richard's research is focussed on the characterisation of powertrain systems under dynamic conditions which are a closer representation of real world usage.

 The main aims are the reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption through the physical understanding of a wide range of components and the interactions that occur when coupled together as system.

His research interests include heat transfer, fluid dynamics, combustion and control effects during transient duty cycles.

Richard oversees experimental research projects on engine dynamometer and turbocharger gas stand as well as modelling based work in 1D simulation environments.

His approach implements a high level of instrumentation into near real operating conditions using the world leading experimental facilities at the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre. This allows detailed understanding of systems behaviour for the development and validation of simulation tools.

His current areas of interest include:

  • Turbocharger heat transfer and aerodynamic performance
  • Engine thermal management systems
  • Air path and combustion control system
  • Dynamic experimental approaches and measurement accuracy
  • Expansion of design of experiments (DoE) to dynamic conditions
  • Improvements to engine simulation techniques


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