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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.

Research

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 PhD

PhD supervision

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy

Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering

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Projects 2014 2021

Powertrains
Carbon
Electric vehicles
Engines
Rotary engines
Engines
Costs
Electric sparks
Environmental impact
Hybrid powertrains

Research Output 2009 2019

Open Access
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Turbines
Powertrains
Flow measurement
Diesel engines
Sampling
Open Access
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Accuracy of diesel engine combustion metrics over the full range of engine operating conditions

Dowell, P. G., Burke, R. D. & Akehurst, S., 1 Jan 2018, Emissions Control Systems; Instrumentation, Controls, and Hybrids; Numerical Simulation; Engine Design and Mechanical Development. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Vol. 2.

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

Analysis of the opportunities and trade-offs for an 48V electrified air path

Liu, Y., Vijayakumar, R. & Burke, R., 1 Jan 2018, Emissions Control Systems; Instrumentation, Controls, and Hybrids; Numerical Simulation; Engine Design and Mechanical Development, Volume 2. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), p. V002T05A007 12 p.

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

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
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Thesis

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

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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

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