Dr Christopher Vagg


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Research interests

My research interests are in the area of electrified vehicle powertrains, and more widely in environmentally friendly forms of mobility. I generally focus on the system level: understanding where new technologies could be introduced to benefit the powertrain system, or where the full potential of existing technologies it not realised. I also examine the system-level barriers to new technology uptake and how these can be overcome to enable faster change.

I am a member of IAAPS - Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems.

Willing to supervise PhD

I am interested in supervising PhDs in the areas of electric powertrains and green mobility.

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Research Output 2012 2016

25 Citations (Scopus)
102 Downloads (Pure)
Hybrid vehicles
Dynamic programming
30 Citations (Scopus)
193 Downloads (Pure)

Heat transfer in turbocharger turbines under steady, pulsating and transient conditions

Burke, R. D., Vagg, C. R. M., Chalet, D. & Chesse, P., 1 Apr 2015, In : International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow. 52, p. 185-197 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
heat transmission
heat transfer
14 Citations (Scopus)
137 Downloads (Pure)

Modelling and heuristic control of a parallel hybrid electric vehicle

Enang, W., Bannister, C., Brace, C. & Vagg, C., 1 Sep 2015, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering. 229, 11, p. 1494-1513 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hybrid vehicles
Fuel consumption
Electric motors
Hybrid vehicles
Dynamic programming
6 Citations (Scopus)

A driver advisory tool to reduce fuel consumption: SAE Technical Paper 2012-01-2087

Vagg, C., Brace, C., Hari, D., Akehurst, S. & Ash, L., 10 Mar 2013.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Fuel consumption
Driver training
Regenerative braking
Commercial vehicles


Optimal Control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles for Real-World Driving Patterns

Author: Vagg, C., 22 May 2015

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD