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Dr Robinson has undertaken detailed research into heat transfer mechanisms occurring inside the cooling passages of IC engines for many years. The technical motivation for this work arose in response to difficulties in predicting correct heat transfer rates with newly introduced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling tools, which limited the accuracy of modelling methods and the achievements of new engine designs. The research has included investigations into the effects of undeveloped flow, surface roughness, vibration and nucleate boiling with binary coolants and nanofluids.

Dr Robinson has continued to research all aspects of heat transfer in IC engines and also diversified into other areas involved with experimental heat transfer, including vehicle braking systems and exhaust catalysts. He is currently involved in two EPSRC funded experimental programmes, one looking at thermal modelling of exhaust catalysts using a new technique and the other looking at heat transfer and gas leakage in Gas Turbines using liquid crystals and a tracer gas. Kevin is also collaborating on another UKERK project concerned with industrial power generation, and has a Knowledge Transfer collaboration with a major diesel engine manufacturer.

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Engines Engineering & Materials Science
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Coolants Engineering & Materials Science
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Heat flux Engineering & Materials Science

Projects 2007 2016

Research Output 1999 2013

12 Citations (Scopus)
Diesel engines
Aluminum Oxide
1 Citation (Scopus)

Estimated total energy transfer over an nedc through steady state performance evaluation

Lewis, A., Brace, C., Akehurst, S., Robinson, K. & Pegg, I., 18 Jul 2013, ASME 2012 Internal Combustion Engine Division Spring Technical Conference, ICES 2012. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), p. 993-1001 9 p. ICES2012-81192. (Proceedings of the Spring Technical Conference of the ASME Internal Combustion Engine Division).

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

26 Citations (Scopus)
Diesel engines
Carbon Monoxide

Efficiency Improvements in Generating Sets: KTA040

Robinson, K. & Brace, C., 2012

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

Internal combustion engines
Systems engineering
Diesel engines
Carbon dioxide
Hot Temperature
Energy transfer
Engine cylinders
Combustion chambers
Fuel consumption


Ceria-Based Engine Exhaust Catalysts

Author: Rood, S., 4 Sep 2019

Supervisor: Eslava Fernandez, S. (Supervisor), Robinson, K. (Supervisor) & Torrente-Murciano, L. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Heat transfer investigations in a modern diesel engine

Author: Finol Parra, C., 1 Feb 2008

Supervisor: Robinson, K. (Supervisor) & Hawley, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Radical Change in Energy Intensive UK Industry

Author: Griffin, P., 24 Jun 2015

Supervisor: Hammond, G. (Supervisor) & Robinson, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD