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Dr Richard Burke is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering specialising in Automotive Propulsions Systems. 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 and is a track chair of the ASME Internal Combustion Division for Powertrain Testing and Control.
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. His research spans mechanical and electrical components that form the basis of future powertrains as well as the human interactions with the system.
The main aims are the optimisation of efficiency and performance through the physical understanding of a wide range of components and the interactions that occur when coupled together as system.
His research interests include the use of fundamental heat transfer, fluid dynamics, combustion and control combined with advanced data analysis techniques.
Richard oversees experimental research projects on a range of powertrain testing facilities (engine and e-machine dynamometers, vehicle dynamometers, hot flow gas stands, Hardware in the Loop facilities and on-road evaluation. He develops new techniques to transient experimentation and measurement on these facilities to promote realism and accuracy. The work is supported by simulation research, primerily in 1D modelling environments.
Willing to supervise doctoral students
Interested in supervising students studying:
- Powertrain design and control optimisation
- Thermal evaluation and modelling of powertrain components
- Evaluation of powertrain behaviour in stochastic operating conditions
- Dynamic characterisation and experimental techniques
Students wishing to undertake a PhD in Automotive Propulsions Systems with strong trans-disciplinary collaboration or wishing to engage with international academicor industrial parthers through their studies are encouraged to get in touch.
Mechanical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy
Award Date: 4 Nov 2011
Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering
Award Date: 1 Jul 2008
Air-Fuel Ratio Control of Spark Ignition Engines With Unknown System Dynamics Estimator: Theory and ExperimentsNa, J., Chen, A. S., Huang, Y., Aggarwal, A., Lewis, A., Hermann, G., Burke, R. & Brace, C., 31 Mar 2021, In: IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. 29, 2, p. 786-793 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile8 Citations (Scopus)47 Downloads (Pure)
Zhang, N., Avola, C., Pohorelsky, L. & Burke, R., 1 Jan 2021, In: Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering. 235, 1, p. 188-198
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile21 Downloads (Pure)
Methodology for the Optimization of Battery Hybrid Energy Storage Systems for Mass and Volume Using a Novel Power-to-Energy Ratio AnalysisTzermias, G., Akehurst, S., Burke, R., Brace, C., George, S., Bernards, J. & Smith, C., 3 Jun 2021, In: Batteries. 7, 2, 37.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
Burke, R., 2 Nov 2020, Vehicle powertrains between opposing poles : Memorial Publication for Prof. Dr. -Ing. Roland.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › ChapterOpen Access
A comparative study into the effects of pre and post catalyst exhaust gas recirculation on the onset of knockParsons, D., Orchard, S., Evans, N., Ozturk, U., Burke, R. & Brace, C., 11 Oct 2020, In: International Journal of Engine Research.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)24 Downloads (Pure)
Investigation into the Interactions between thermal management, lubrication and control systems of a diesel engineAuthor: Burke, R., 1 Sep 2011
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › PhDFile