Department of Mechanical Engineering
 
Kevin Robinson

Contact details

Room: 4E 2.25

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 385946

Email: k.robinson@bath.ac.uk

 

Dr Kevin Robinson

BSc MSc PhD CEng MIMechE FHEA

Research

Dr Robinson has undertaken detailed research into heat transfer mechanisms occurring inside the cooling passages of IC engines for many years. The technical motivation for this work arose in response to difficulties in predicting correct heat transfer rates with newly introduced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling tools, which limited the accuracy of modelling methods and the achievements of new engine designs. The research has included investigations into the effects of undeveloped flow, surface roughness, vibration and nucleate boiling with binary coolants and nanofluids.

Dr Robinson has continued to research all aspects of heat transfer in IC engines and also diversified into other areas involved with experimental heat transfer, including vehicle braking systems and exhaust catalysts. He is currently involved in two EPSRC funded experimental programmes, one looking at thermal modelling of exhaust catalysts using a new technique and the other looking at heat transfer and gas leakage in Gas Turbines using liquid crystals and a tracer gas. Kevin is also collaborating on another UKERK project concerned with industrial power generation, and has a Knowledge Transfer collaboration with a major diesel engine manufacturer.

Teaching units

  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Group Design and Business Project
  • Formula Student
  • MEng final year and MSc projects.

Publications

Book Sections

Lewis, A., Brace, C., Akehurst, S., Robinson, K. and Pegg, I., 2011. Spatially resolved heat flux measurements from a HSDI engine over NEDC. In: Institution of Mechanical Engineers - VTMS 10, Vehicle Thermal Management Systems Conference and Exhibition. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing Ltd., pp. 119-129.

Articles

Robinson, K., Ye, S., Yap, Y. and Kolaczkowski, S., 2013. Application of a methodology to assess the performance of a full-scale diesel oxidation catalyst during cold and hot start NEDC drive cycles. Chemical Engineering Research & Design, 91 (7), pp. 1292-1306.

Kolaczkowski, S., Ye, S., Yap, Y., Robinson, K. and Lukyanov, D., 2012. Transient experiments on a full-scale DOC - methodology and techniques to support modelling. Catalysis Today, 188 (1), pp. 53-61.

Ye, S., Yap, Y. H., Kolaczkowski, S. T., Robinson, K. and Lukyanov, D., 2012. Catalyst ‘light-off’ experiments on a diesel oxidation catalyst connected to a diesel engine - methodology and techniques. Chemical Engineering Research & Design, 90 (6), pp. 834-845.

Finol, C. A. and Robinson, K., 2011. Thermal modelling of modern diesel engines: proposal of a new heat transfer coefficient correlation. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 225 (11), pp. 1544-1560.

Finol, C. A., Parker, D. A. and Robinson, K., 2009. A model from first principles of the radial heat flux in a cylinder bore of a modern diesel engine. Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, 1 (3), 031003.

Robinson, K., Wilson, M., Leathard, M. J. and Hawley, J. G., 2007. Computational modelling of convective heat transfer in a simulated engine cooling gallery. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 221 (9), pp. 1147-1157.

Finol, C. A. and Robinson, K., 2006. Thermal modelling of modern engines: A review of empirical correlations to estimate the in-cylinder heat transfer coefficient. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 220 (12), pp. 1765-1781.

Robinson, K., Hawley, J. G., Hammond, G. P. and Owen, N. J., 2003. Convective coolant heat transfer in internal combustion engines. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 217 (2), pp. 133-146.

Robinson, K., Hawley, J. G. and Campbell, N. A. F., 2003. Experimental and modelling aspects of flow boiling heat transfer for application to internal combustion engines. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 217 (10), pp. 877-889.

Hawley, J. G., Robinson, K. and Campbell, N. A. F., 2001. IC engine coolant side heat transfer - an experimental investigation. Journal of the Institute of Energy, 74 (501), pp. 113-123.

Conference or Workshop Items

Lewis, A., Akehurst, S., Brace, C., Robinson, K. and Pegg, I., 2012. Estimated total energy transfer over an NEDC through steady state state performance evaluation. In: ASME Internal Combustion Engine Spring Conference (ICES2012), 2012-05-06 - 2012-05-09.

Lewis, A. G., Akehurst, S., Brace, C., Finol, C. and Robinson, K., 2010. Dynamic measurement of heat flux through the cylinder wall of a modern HSDI engine over a new European drive cycle. In: SAE 2010 World Congress & Exhibition, 2010-04-01.

Kolaczkowski, S., Robinson, K., Awdry, S. and Ye, S., 2008. Transient heat transfer studies on a catalytic convertor under non-reacting conditions. In: 5th International Conference on Environmental Catalysis, 2008-08-31 - 2008-09-03.

Finol, C. A. and Robinson, K., 2006. Thermal profile of a modern passenger car diesel engine. In: Powertrain and Fluid Systems Conference and Exhibition, 2006-10-16 - 2006-10-19.

Vagenas, A., Hawley, J. G., Brace, C. J., Robinson, K., Campbell, N. A. F. and Joyce, S., 2003. Actively controlled cooling jets. In: 2003 SAE World Congress, 2003-03-03 - 2003-03-06.

Robinson, K., Campbell, N. A. F., Hawley, J. G. H. and Leathard, M. J., 2003. Predicting heat transfer in simulated IC engine cooling galleries. In: VTMS 6: Vehicle Thermal Management Systems, 2003-05-01.

Campbell, N. A. F., Hawley, J. G., Robinson, K., Joyce, S. and Haigh, M., 2002. Predictions for Nucleate Boiling - Results From a Thermal Bench Marking Exercise at Low Flow Conditions. In: SAE 2002 World Congress & Exhibition, 2002-03-01.

Campbell, N.A.F., Hawley, J.G., Robinson, K., Joyce, S. and Haigh, M., 2002. Predictions for nucleate boiling: Results from a thermal bench marking exercise under low flow conditions. In: SAE 2002 World Congress, 2002-03-04 - 2002-03-07.

Robinson, K., Hawley, J. G., Campbell, N. A. F. and Tilley, D. G., 1999. A Review of Precision Engine Cooling. In: SAE Congress, 2005-01-01.

Patent

Brace, C., Campbell, N. A. F., Hawley, G., Leathard, M. J., Robinson, K., Vagenas, A., Haigh, M., Whelan, C., Joyce, S. and Gouldson, I., 2003. Internal combustion engine cooling. F01P7/16- GB2379265 (A), 05 March 2003.

Other

Robinson, K. and Brace, C., 2012. Efficiency Improvements in Generating Sets:KTA040. University of Bath.

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