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Sam Akehurst is Professor of Advanced Powertrain Systems, with over 20 years automotive research experience. His research focuses on the performance of future powertrain system with respect to CO2 reduction. His current research portfolio includes a range of industrial collaborative projects in advanced  gasoline engine and hybrid vehicle technology with expertise in Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVTs).

Prof. Akehurst leads a number of Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and Innovate UK funded projects with major OEMs including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and McLaren Automotive.

Research interests

Future Internal Combustion Engine technology

Advanced Transmission Systems

Turbocharging and boosting systems

Thermal management of Powertrain systems

Powertrain Modelling Techniques

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Projects 2005 2021

Research Output 2001 2019

Novel approaches to evaluation, modelling and emulation of advanced boosting systems

Akehurst, S., 22 Jan 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

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

3 Citations (Scopus)
Alcohol fuels
Binary mixtures
Internal combustion engines

Development and Optimisation of an Adaptive Safety Monitor

Akehurst, S., Hillis, A. & Botes, F., 3 Apr 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Fault detection
Open Access
Transient analysis


Optimal Control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles for Real-World Driving Patterns

Author: Vagg, C., 22 May 2015

Supervisor: Brace, C. (Supervisor) & Akehurst, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD