Department of Mechanical Engineering

Turbocharging

Turbocharging future car design: Working with Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Cummins Turbo Technologies, our engineers are working to reduce the carbon footprint of cars.

Research areas

Turbocharger aerodynamics

  • Pulsating Exhaust Flow
    • Modelling turbine behaviour
    • Turbine designs for pulse energy use
    • Divided exhaust period turbocharging
  • Compressor Surge
    • Surge mitigation and prediction
    • Compressor installation and pre-whirl effects

Turbocharger modelling

  • Improving map-based methodologies
  • Full, transient, 3D CFD
  • Coupled CFD and 1D

Waste energy recovery

  • Turbo-expansion and inverted Brayton cycles
  • Electric turbo-compounding
  • Intake throttle energy recovery
  • Organic Rankin cycles

University research facilities

High performance computing

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • 1D wave action and mean-line models

University of Bath Turbocharger test facility

  • Research gas stand for turbocharger performance evaluations

Dynamic engine test cells

  • Turbocharger and supercharger research

Collaborators

Industrial

  • Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, MAHLE Powertrain, Lotus, Caterpillar, Honeywell, Borg Warner, ABB Turbosystems, IHI, MHI.

Academic

  • Imperial College London, University of Bristol, City University, Queen's University Belfast, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Brunel University.