Phd in Future Biofuels for Clean and Sustainable Internal Combustion Engines University College London, Department of Mechanical Engineering

PhD: Future biofuels for clean and sustainable internal combustion engines, - Ref:1656721

 

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UCL Department / DivisionMechanical Engineering


Duration of Studentship Four Years


Stipend £16,290 per annum


Vacancy Information


This studentship provides an opportunity for a UK/EU candidate to join a 4-year study program in
UCL's Department of Mechanical Engineering. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL has
an outstanding international reputation in research on energy and the environment, marine
engineering and naval architecture and engineering for medical applications, with strong research
collaborations with industry and universities in the UK, North America, Asia and the Far East and has
excellent research and teaching facilities.


Studentship Description


Future biofuels for internal combustion engines (diesel and spark ignition) are required to
sustainably address both greenhouse gas emissions and those of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides
(NOx) and particulate matter that have significant and adverse effects on air quality and human
health. The fuels will come from a variety of sources, including ligno-cellulosic biomass, genetically
modified micro-organisms, and wastes and residues from industrial processes. Therefore, there is an
opportunity to design and improve these alternative fuels so that during combustion in modern IC
engines energy is released efficiently and the emissions of toxic pollutants are minimised. The aim of
this project is to gain scientific understanding of how best to achieve improved biofuels through
experiments using single and multi-cylinder research engines and a variety of prototype fuels and
low emission combustion strategies.

 

UCL Mechanical Energy has a long history of undertaking cutting edge research in fuels and internal
combustion engines, working with multi-national companies in the fuels and automotive industries.
The recently refurbished and bespoke laboratories of the vibrant Engines and Fuels research group
(comprised of PhD and post-doctoral researchers) features six single and multi-cylinder research
engines and comprehensive emissions analysis equipment, including a gas chromatograph mass
spectrometer (GC-MS) for speciation of fuel combustion and pollutant intermediates.

 

During this PhD project, the student will experimentally investigate the engine performance of
potential biofuels, focusing on fuel composition effects on exhaust emissions and thermal efficiency.
The student will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of new research facilities,
and will gain significant expertise and skills in undertaking combustion experiments with research
engines, analysing and interpreting emissions data, and performing chemical speciation with GC-MS.
Furthermore, the student will have the opportunity to participate in unique cross-disciplinary
collaborations, and will be encouraged to publish their work in leading peer-reviewed journals and
present their findings at high-profile UK and international conferences.


Person Specification


Applicants should have a background in a relevant engineering discipline (Mechanical Engineering,
Chemical Engineering, Automotive Engineering), or a related science subject such as Chemistry, and
should have a strong interest in devising engineering solutions to the global challenge of providing
clean sustainable energy.


Eligibility


Funding requirements dictate ONLY UK and EU passport holders need apply.


Please DO NOT make enquiry about this project if you are ineligible.


For further information please contact Dr Paul Hellier (p.hellier@ucl.ac.uk )


To apply please visit https://www.prism.ucl.ac.uk


Contact name Paul Hellier


Contact details p.hellier@ucl.ac.uk


UCL Taking Action for Equality


Closing Date 30 Sep 2017


Interview date TBC


Studentship Start Date 2017/18 Academic Year


Studentship Description


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