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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Jaguar Land Rover invests £1m in engine combustion research project

  • Jaguar Land Rover invests in two new ‘Centres of Excellence for Engine Combustion Research’ at UCL and the University of Oxford
  • £1m research projects will use the latest physical, optical and simulation resources to explore advances in spark and compression ignition combustion, targeting higher engine efficiency
  • Dr Pavlos Aleiferis to lead UCL MechEng work on spark ignition in petrol engines

Jaguar Land Rover has announced the creation of two new ‘Centres of Excellence for Engine Combustion Research’ at two leading UK universities. The £1m investment will be shared equally between University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford to support the development of new research facilities and fund two 5-year study programmes.

2014 JLR UCL Research Fund posing next to an engine

Each centre will focus on specific combustion technologies. The work at UCL Mechanical Engineering will be dedicated to spark ignition in petrol engines, led by Dr Pavlos Aleiferis (pictured, centre). At the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science, Dr Martin Davy will lead the project on compression ignition in diesel engines.

The primary area of research will be to understand and develop advanced combustion concepts compatible with future fuel advances by investigating new combustion geometries, valvetrain, fuel injection, air management and ignition technologies…more

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