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Professor Chris Brace BEng (Hons), CEng, PhD, FIMechE IAAPS Academic Director & Professor of Automotive Propulsion

Chris is responsible for teaching and research around automotive propulsion systems and helping to push collaboration between IAAPS researchers and industry


Chris leads a wide portfolio of propulsion systems research, which has two main themes. First - new technologies that can deliver more sustainable propulsion systems. Secondly - the design of new techniques to support the automotive sector progression towards a more virtual product development process. These strands come together through the development of novel and intensive measurement and simulation techniques for multi physics processes, leading to greater insight into system behaviour under dynamic operating conditions.

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Beyond his research and role at IAAPS, Chris is Co-Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Propulsion Systems at the University of Bath. He also leads the Advanced Propulsion Centre Spoke for Thermal Propulsion System Efficiency and chairs the Academic Advisory Board of FISITA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Ingénieurs des Techniques de l'Automobile). He is a past chair of the Automobile Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


Chris takes an active interest in all aspects of research within our group and leads a wide portfolio of powertrain-based research projects. His interests include:

  • Internal combustion engine
  • ICE systems and development
  • Any type of propulsion system and system optimisation of hardware
  • Design system from scratch
  • Hybrid diesel and SI engine systems
  • Electrification
  • Advanced transmission systems
  • Driving behaviour


  • SPEEDV: Super-high Power-dense Engines for Electric-hybrid Vehicles - Modular Downsized Internal Combustion Engines with Low CO2 Per Unit Power Output for Hybrid Powertrain
  • Powertrain Architecture Optimisation Tools
  • VCHV: Virtually Connected Hybrid vehicle (VCHV)

For more projects please see the publications link below

This person is open to proposals for student research projects


View a list of books and publications by Chris Brace


Chris was a student apprentice at Massey Ferguson Tractors in Coventry where, for a short while, he designed transmissions before returning to the University of Bath to work on an integrated Diesel CVT powertrain.

After the award of his PhD in 1996 Chris remained at the University, progressing to Reader and then to Professor in February 2014. Chris was Chair of the Automobile Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) between 2012 and 2014.

All of Chris’s research is in collaboration with industry, most notably Ford Motor Company and Jaguar LandRover. He has published over 120 conference and journal papers with over 50 industrial co-authors and attracted over £18 million for collaborative research funded by EPSRC, DTi, TSB/Innovate UK, APC and directly from industry.


Thin Sandwich degree at the University of Bath, 1990 and a PhD in 1996. Chris was also a student apprentice at Massey Ferguson.