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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.

Research

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

Roticulating Compressor

Copeland, C. & Turner, J.

1/09/1731/08/18

Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Compressors
Turbines
Turbine pumps
Carbon
Energy conversion

TRENDS AND LIMITS OF WHR TECHNOLOGIES IN HYBRID POWERTRAIN ARCHITECTURES

Copeland, C.

1/08/1731/07/20

Project: Research councilResearch

Powertrains
Carbon
Electric vehicles
Engines
Rotary engines

Research Output 2005 2018

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

Avola, C., Duda, T., Burke, R. & Copeland, C. 22 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) IMECHE Turbochargers and Turbocharging 2017.

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

Compressors
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. 12 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) ASME Turbo Expo 2018: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition. GT2018-76378

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

Turbines
Coolants
Air
Rotors
Wheels

Design of an Air-Cooled Radial Turbine Part 2: Experimental Measurements of Heat Transfer

Zhang, Y., Duda, T., Scobie, J., Sangan, C., Redwood, A. & Copeland, C. 12 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) ASME Turbo Expo 2018: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition. GT2018-76384

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

Turbines
Heat transfer
Air
Rotors
Temperature

Experimental analysis of the V-Charge variable drive supercharger system on a 1.0 L GTDI engine

Hu, B., Akehurst, S., Lewis, A. G. J., Lu, P., Millwood, D., Copeland, C., Chappell, E., De Freitas, A., Shawe, J. & Burtt, D. 1 Mar 2018 In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering. 232, 4, p. 449-465 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Superchargers
Engines
Transient analysis
Gasoline
Torque

Experimental investigation of an inverted Brayton cycle for exhaust gas energy recovery

Kennedy, I., Chen, Z., Ceen, B., Jones, S. & Copeland, C. 12 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) ASME Turbo Expo 2018: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition. GT2018-75386

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

Brayton cycle
Exhaust gases
Recovery
Pressure drop
Turbines