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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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Jones, D., Snider, C., Matthews, J., Yon, J., Barrie, J., Robinson, K. & Hicks, B., 2 Jun 2020, In : Computers in Industry. 121, 103254.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The Emergent Behaviour of Thermal Networks and its Impact on the Thermal Conductivity of Heterogeneous Materials and Systems

Bowen, C., Robinson, K., Tian, J., Zhang, M., Coveney, V., Xia, Q. & Lock, G., 23 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Composite Science. 4, 1, 32.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 12 Citations (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

    1 Citation (Scopus)
  • 30 Citations (Scopus)


    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