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Chris Brace is a Professor of Automotive Propulsion and Deputy Director of the Powertrain Vehicle Research Centre.

He was a student apprentice at Massey Ferguson Tractors in Coventry and studied for a thin sandwich degree at the University of Bath, graduating in 1990.

Following a short spell designing transmissions at Massey Ferguson, Chris returned to the University to work on an integrated Diesel CVT powertrain.

After the award of his PhD in 1996 Chris remained at the University progressing to Reader and then to Professor in February 2014.

Chris was Chair of the Automobile Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) between 2012 and 2014.


Chris leads a wide portfolio of powertrain-based research projects with a common theme around the intensive measurement, analysis and control of multi-cylinder engine systems running under dynamic operating conditions.

All of the research is in collaboration with industry, most notably Ford Motor Company and Jaguar LandRover.

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Control-oriented modelling of a Wankel rotary engine: a synthesis approach of state space and neural networks

Chen, A. S., Vorraro, G., Turner, M., Islam, R., Herrmann, G., Burgess, S., Brace, C., Turner, J. & Bailey, N., 27 Jan 2020, (Acceptance date). 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Air-Fuel Ratio Control of Spark Ignition Engines With Unknown System Dynamics Estimator: Theory and Experiments

Na, J., Chen, A. S., Huang, Y., Aggarwal, A., Lewis, A., Burke, R., Brace, C. & Hermann, G., 9 Dec 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Design and Testing a Bespoke Cylinder Head Pulsating Flow Generator for a Turbocharger Gas Stand

Vijayakumar, R., Akehurst, S., Liu, Z., Reyes Belmonte, M., Brace, C., Liu, D. & Copeland, C., 8 Oct 2019, In : Energy. 116291.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Driving Style Modelling with Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Inference System and Real Driving Data

    Feng, Y., Pickering, S., Chappell, E., Iravani, P. & Brace, C., 1 Jan 2019, Advances in Human Aspects of Transportation - Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Human Factors in Transportation, 2018. Springer Verlag, p. 481-490 10 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 786).

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    Application of a Continuously Variable Transmission to Engine Boosting and Exhaust Energy Recovery Systems

    Author: Rose, A., 14 Nov 2013

    Supervisor: Akehurst, S. (Supervisor) & Brace, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Application of Divided Exhaust Period and Variable Drive Supercharging Concept for a Downsized Gasoline Engine

    Author: Hu, B., 9 Jun 2016

    Supervisor: Akehurst, S. (Supervisor), Brace, C. (Supervisor) & Copeland, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Application of Variable Geometry Turbine on Gasoline Engines and the Optimisation of Transient Behaviours

    Author: Tang, H., 22 Jun 2016

    Supervisor: Brace, C. (Supervisor) & Akehurst, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Automotive material uncertainty and business risk at the concept phase using existing metadata.

    Author: Mills, R., 1 May 2019

    Supervisor: Brace, C. (Supervisor) & Newnes, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Experimental and Analytical Investigation into the Two Stage Turbocharging Systems for Diesel Engines

    Author: Zhang, N., 12 May 2016

    Supervisor: Brace, C. (Supervisor), Hawley, J. (Supervisor), Akehurst, S. (Advisor) & Burke, R. (Advisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD