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Dr Richard Burke is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering.  He was appointed Prize Fellow in Automotive Powertrain Systems in 2012 and is focused on the characterisation of these systems under dynamic operating conditions.

He has strong links with industrial and academic organisations throughout Europe.

Richard was appointed Knowledge Transfer Fellow - Developing Robust Methods for Turbocharger/Engine Matching and Design, in 2011/12.

Between 2008 and 2011, Richard developed his PhD thesisInvestigating Interactions between Engine Thermal, Lubrication and Control Systems during Engine Warm-Up.


Richard's research is focussed on the characterisation of powertrain systems under dynamic conditions which are a closer representation of real world usage.

 The main aims are the reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption through the physical understanding of a wide range of components and the interactions that occur when coupled together as system.

His research interests include heat transfer, fluid dynamics, combustion and control effects during transient duty cycles.

Richard oversees experimental research projects on engine dynamometer and turbocharger gas stand as well as modelling based work in 1D simulation environments.

His approach implements a high level of instrumentation into near real operating conditions using the world leading experimental facilities at the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre. This allows detailed understanding of systems behaviour for the development and validation of simulation tools.

His current areas of interest include:

  • Turbocharger heat transfer and aerodynamic performance
  • Engine thermal management systems
  • Air path and combustion control system
  • Dynamic experimental approaches and measurement accuracy
  • Expansion of design of experiments (DoE) to dynamic conditions
  • Improvements to engine simulation techniques

Willing to supervise PhD

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Turbocharging
  • Engine thermal management
  • Diesel/Petrol combustion control
  • Powertrain systems
  • Dynamic characterisation

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy

Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering

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Projects 2014 2021

(grant only-NOT USE) KTP with Federal-Mogul Controlled Power Limited

Brace, C. & Burke, R.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Connected Fully Integrated Driving Ecosystem (CON-FIDE)

Brace, C., Burke, R. & Pickering, S.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Electric vehicles
Rotary engines

Research Output 2009 2018

A novel use of multivariate statistics to diagnose test-to-test variation in complex measurement systems

Burke, R. D., Burke, K. A., Chappell, E. C., Gee, M. & Williams, R., 1 Dec 2018, In : Measurement. 130, p. 467-481

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

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 2017.

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

Unsteady flow
Fast Fourier transforms
Pressure sensors
1 Citations

The Benefits of a Mid-Route Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) System for Two-stage Boosted Engines

Dimitriou, P., Turner, J., Burke, R. & Copeland, C., 1 Jun 2018, In : International Journal of Engine Research. 19, 5, p. 553-569 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Exhaust gas recirculation
7 Citations

Vehicle Engine Torque Estimation via Unknown Input Observer and Adaptive Parameter Estimation

Na, J., Chen, A., Herrmann, G., Burke, R. & Brace, C., 1 Jan 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. 67, 1, p. 409-422

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Parameter estimation
Wave power
Diesel engines
Fuel injection
Hot Temperature


Dynamic characterisation and 1-D modelling of Turbochargers for IC Engines

Author: Deng, Q., 1 Jul 2017

Supervisor: Burke, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Experimental and Analytical Investigation into the Two Stage Turbocharging Systems for Diesel Engines

Author: Zhang, N., 12 May 2016

Supervisor: Brace, C. (Supervisor), Hawley, J. (Supervisor), Akehurst, S. (Advisor) & Burke, R. (Advisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Investigation into the Interactions between thermal management, lubrication and control systems of a diesel engine

Author: Burke, R., 1 Sep 2011

Supervisor: Hawley, J. (Supervisor) & Brace, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD