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Reference Number GR/S58843/01
Title Combustion Concepts for Sustainable Premium Vehicles
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 50%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Oil and gas combustion) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor C Sheppard
No email address given
Mechanical Engineering
University of Leeds
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2003
End Date 31 October 2007
Duration 49 months
Total Grant Value £299,314
Industrial Sectors Energy; Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor C Sheppard , Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Dr M Lawes , Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Dr A Burluka , Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (0.001%)
  Recognised Researcher Professor D Bradley , Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds (0.000%)
Dr R Woolley , University of Leeds (0.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Jaguar Land Rover Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Shell Global Solutions UK (0.000%)
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Abstract Collaboration between the four universities (Leeds, Loughborough, Oxford and UCL) with co-ordination by Jaguar and additional support from Shell, will lead to a `Virtual Centre of Excellence' that exploits the complementary strengths of the four universities in gasoline engine combustion. The same hardware will be used at each institution so as to assure maximum value from all data -in the past data has been of less use since the measurements have been obtained using different engine hardware and fuels. This project is intended to be part of a much longer term project that will embrace novel gasoline combustion technologies, but initially the project will focus on gasoline direct injection engines and the factors that determine the cycle by-cycle variations in combustion This understanding will facilitate wider operating envelopes for stratified charge combustion systems, so as to simultaneously reduce fuel consumption and emissions.The influencing mechanisms behind cycle-by-cycle variations, and effective methods for their control have not yet been satisfactorily defined, but this is essential if future engine technologies are to meet their full potential. Furthermore, it is believed that the trend for the next generation of engine technology will be towards an on-board artificial intelligence controlled system, which will be based on cycle-by-cycle engine operation. Developing an understanding and control of the cyclic variability is an enabling step in this development process and can only be achieved by a specifically focused and structured programme. Jaguar and Shell are providing 320,000 in cash support The first call on this is for topping-up EPSRC studentships, with the balance being used for offsetting some of the equipment costs
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