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Research interests

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

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Analysis and Suppression of Induced Voltage Pulsation in DC Winding of Five-Phase Wound-Field Switched Flux Machines

Wu, Z., Zhu, Z. Q., Hua, W., Akehurst, S., Zhu, X., Hu, J., Li, H. & Zhu, J., 28 Aug 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

A review of water injection applied on the internal combustion engine

Zhu, S., Hu, B., Akehurst, S., Copeland, C., Lewis, A., Yuan, H., Kennedy, I., Bernards, J. & Branney, C., 15 Mar 2019, In : Energy Conversion and Management. 184, p. 139-158 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Water injection
Internal combustion engines
Engine cylinders
Combustion knock

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

Akehurst, S., 22 Jan 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther


Air charge system emulation for diesel engine

Author: Zhang, K., 1 May 2010

Supervisor: Hawley, J. (Supervisor) & Akehurst, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


An investigation in to the Loss Mechanisms Associated with a Pushing Metal V-Belt Continuously Variable Transmission

Author: Akehurst, S., 1 Jan 2001

Supervisor: Vaughan, N. D. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Application of a Continuously Variable Transmission to Engine Boosting and Exhaust Energy Recovery Systems

Author: Rose, A., 14 Nov 2013

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Application of Divided Exhaust Period and Variable Drive Supercharging Concept for a Downsized Gasoline Engine

Author: Hu, B., 9 Jun 2016

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD