Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Contact details

Room: 8E 3.13

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 384551


PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Turbocharging and boosting for downsized IC engines
  • Turbo compounding and turbo-expansion
  • Heat recovery cycles
  • Fluid measurement techniques in extreme environments
  • Novel range extender power plants
  • Electric machine heat transfer and fluid modelling.

Dr Colin Copeland

BEng(Hons) MSc PhD


Dr Colin Copeland is a Reader in the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a specialist background in turbocharging and boosting for downsized engines.

Colin was a Lecturer in Thermodynamics at the University of Bristol in 2011/12 and a Post doctorate rsearcher at Imperial College London between 2005 and 2011.

Colin's PhD at Imperial College London between 2005 and 2009 was sponsored by ABB Turbo Systems. His thesis focused on the study of pulsating flow in a double-entry turbocharger turbine.

He has recently been awarded two 'Best Paper' prizes from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his work on double-entry turbocharger turbines.


Colin's research interests currently centre on improving the understanding of the interaction between turbochargers and the internal combustion engine.

It is especially important to improve the ability to successfully model the turbocharger-engine interactions and include phenomena such as heat transfer and pulsating flow effects in the latest simulations.

Colin is also interested in technology pathways for improved heat recovery in future powerplants such as turbo-compounding and waste heat Rankin cycles.

He has and continues to work actively with industrial partners in these research areas.

Tools and techniques

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • 1D modelling
  • Constant temperature anemometry
  • Laser based diagnostics.

Teaching units

  • Low Carbon IC Engines.


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