Professor Sam Akehurst BEng(Hons), CEng MIMechE Interim Deputy Academic Director
Sam is a Professor of Advanced Powertrain Systems and Deputy Academic Director of the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems
Sam leads research projects on future thermal propulsion and hybrid powertrains with a range of industry and academic partners.
Sam is also currently PI on an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership Programme with Jaguar Land Rover and CI on the EPSRC funded CDT in Advanced Propulsion System.
- Future Internal Combustion Engine technology
- Advanced Transmission Systems
- Turbocharging and boosting systems
- Thermal management of Powertrain systems
- Powertrain Modelling Techniques
- SPEED V: Super-high Power-dense Engines for Electric-hybrid Vehicles - Modular Downsized Internal Combustion Engines with Low CO2 Per Unit Power Output for Hybrid Powertrain
- BOOST: centre for excellence in engine boosting and dilution systems
- APAS: Advanced Powertrain Architecture Selection Tool
For more projects please see the publications link below
This person is available to supervise research degree projects
In his current role(s) Sam has secured in excess of £20m in research funding and published over 120 journal and conference papers. His research focuses on the performance of future powertrain systems. His current research portfolio includes a range of collaborative projects in advanced Gasoline and Hybrid engine technology, hybrid powertrains and advanced propulsion systems. Akehurst’s research is a mixture of fundamental and applied research combining both modern state of the art computer simulation tools and the latest approaches to experimentation using the research facilities of IAAPS. From 2005-2010 he held an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship, ‘developing an integrated approach to powertrain design, performance optimisation and rapid calibration, through a simulation/model based philosophy’.
BEng(Hons) and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath.