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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

Research Output 2005 2019

9 Citations (Scopus)

A review of water injection applied on the internal combustion engine

Zhu, S., Hu, B., Akehurst, S., Copeland, C., Lewis, A., Yuan, H., Kennedy, I., Bernards, J. & Branney, C., 15 Mar 2019, In : Energy Conversion and Management. 184, p. 139-158 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Water injection
Internal combustion engines
Engine cylinders
Combustion knock
41 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Flow measurement
Diesel engines

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

Cylinder heads
Gas generators

Experimental and Computational Analysis of an Additive Manufactured Vaporization Injector for a Micro-Gas Turbine

Adamou, A., Kennedy, I., Farmer, B., Hussei, A. & Copeland, C., 6 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo 2019: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition. GT2019-90245

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

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


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