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Dr Colin Copeland is a Reader in the Department of Mechanical Engineering with a specialist background in turbocharging and boosting for downsized engines.

Colin was a Lecturer in Thermodynamics at the University of Bristol in 2011/12 and a Post doctorate rsearcher at Imperial College London between 2005 and 2011.

Colin's PhD at Imperial College London between 2005 and 2009 was sponsored by ABB Turbo Systems. His thesis focused on the study of pulsating flow in a double-entry turbocharger turbine.

He has recently been awarded two 'Best Paper' prizes from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his work on double-entry turbocharger turbines.


Colin's research interests currently centre on improving the understanding of the interaction between turbochargers and the internal combustion engine.

It is especially important to improve the ability to successfully model the turbocharger-engine interactions and include phenomena such as heat transfer and pulsating flow effects in the latest simulations.

Colin is also interested in technology pathways for improved heat recovery in future powerplants such as turbo-compounding and waste heat Rankin cycles.

He has and continues to work actively with industrial partners in these research areas.

Tools and techniques

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • 1D modelling
  • Constant temperature anemometry
  • Laser based diagnostics.

Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Turbocharging and boosting for downsized IC engines
  • Turbo compounding and turbo-expansion
  • Heat recovery cycles
  • Fluid measurement techniques in extreme environments
  • Novel range extender power plants
  • Electric machine heat transfer and fluid modelling.

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Projects 2013 2021

Wave Rotor Micro Gas Turbine

Copeland, C. & Tuechler, S.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities


Copeland, C.


Project: Research councilResearch

Electric vehicles
Rotary engines

Research Output 2005 2019

Open Access
Flow measurement
Diesel engines

Experimental Results from the Bath μ-Wave Rotor Turbine Performance Tests

Tuechler, S. & Copeland, C., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Energy Conversion and Management. 189, p. 33-48 16 p., ECM-D-19-00781.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Validation of a Numerical Quasi One-Dimensional Model for Wave Rotor Turbines with Curved Channels

Tuechler, S. & Copeland, C., 6 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2019: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition. GT2019-90868

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Compressor pressure investigation of surge onset at steady and unsteady operations of an automotive turbocharger

Avola, C., Duda, T., Burke, R. & Copeland, C., May 2018, IMECHE Turbochargers and Turbocharging 2018. Curran Associates, Inc., p. 503-513

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Unsteady flow
Fast Fourier transforms
Pressure sensors

Design of an Air-cooled Radial Turbine Part 1: Computational Modelling

Zhang, Y., Duda, T., Scobie, J., Sangan, C., Redwood, A. & Copeland, C., Jun 2018, ASME Turbo Expo 2018: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition. GT2018-76378

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution



Advanced Characterisation of Turbochargers with the focus of Modelling Two-stage Turbocharging Systems

Author: Avola, C., 13 Dec 2017

Supervisor: Copeland, 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


Turbocharger performance and surge definition on a steady flow turbocharger test stand

Author: Duda, T., 3 Nov 2017

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD