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Dr Bannister was awarded his MEng in Mechanical Engineering and PhD by the University of Bath and has been leading research into alternative fuels within the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre since his appointment as an RCUK Fellow in June 2007. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in December 2014.

Research

Dr Bannister has been leading research into biodiesel within the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre since June 2007, working closely with the Ford Motor Company and BP on projects of mutual interest. He has numerous years experience in diesel engine testing and development on both transient engine test cells and on the chassis rolls dynamometer obtaining extensive expertise in accurate emissions and fuel consumption measurement.

Dr Bannister was appointed in June 2007 as an RCUK Academic fellow with additional matched funding from the Ford Motor Company with the mandate of building biodiesel research within the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre (PVRC). Key research areas include:

  • Biodiesel studies
    • Vehicle trials examining blend ratio and temperature effects
    • Impact of feedstock on FAME properties
    • Impact on aftertreatment systems
    • Oxidation stability
    • Oil dilution issues
    • On-board sensors to determine blend ratio and FAME type
    • Combustion characteristics and optimisation.
  • Exhaust system thermal modelling for accurate catalyst light-off predictions
  • Time alignment of transient emissions data for accurate measurement of catalyst conversion efficiencies
  • Impacts of lubricating oil viscometric properties on vehicle fuel consumption
  • Engine oil aeration issues
  • Evaluation and modelling of passive NOx conversion in vehicle oxidation catalysts.

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Projects 2007 2020

Testing and Validation of On-Vehicle Catalytic Fuel Reformer for Clean, Efficient Combustion

Bannister, C.

1/08/1731/03/18

Project: Central government, health and local authorities

On-Board Hydrogen Production for Cleaner Vehicles

Bannister, C. & Cox, A.

1/04/1728/03/18

Project: Central government, health and local authorities

IAA - NOx Aftertreatment Development

Bannister, C., Akehurst, S. & Cox, A.

1/08/1631/03/17

Project: Research council

Research Output 2004 2018

1 Citations
Open Access
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Fuel systems
Diesel fuels
Degradation
Rails
Fuel filters

Degradation Of Diesel In A Modern Fie System

Smith, C., Gopalan, K., Chuck, C. & Bannister, C., 10 Sep 2017. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Degradation
Rails
Fuel filters
Biofuels
Biodiesel
Diesel fuels
Antiknock rating
Direct injection
Biofuels
Exhaust gases
19 Citations

Modelling and control of hybrid electric vehicles (a comprehensive review)

Enang, W. & Bannister, C., Jul 2017, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 74, p. 1210-1239 RSER-D-16-01913R1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Hybrid vehicles
Fuel economy
Fuel consumption
Braking
Automobiles
2 Citations
Open Access
File
Hybrid vehicles
Controllers
Feedback
Energy management
Multiobjective optimization

Thesis

Catalytic Routes to Liquid Aviation Fuels from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks

Author: Donnelly, J., 27 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Chuck, C. (Supervisor), Bannister, C. (Supervisor) & McManus, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Renewable liquid transport fuels from microbes and waste resources

Author: Jenkins, R., 29 Jan 2015

Supervisor: Chuck, C. (Supervisor) & Bannister, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Robust real-time control of a parallel hybrid electric vehicle

Author: Enang, W., 27 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Bannister, C. (Supervisor) & Brace, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Vehicle and engine investigations with biodiesel

Author: Ali, H., 1 Aug 2011

Supervisor: Hawley, J. (Supervisor) & Bannister, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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Vehicle emissions measurement

Author: Bannister, C., 2007

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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