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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

Accuracy of Diesel Engine Combustion Metrics over the Full Range of Engine Operating Conditions

Dowell, P. G., Akehurst, S. & Burke, R. D., 23 May 2019, In : Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. 141, 9, 11 p., 091005.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

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

Akehurst, S., 22 Jan 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Sub-23 nm particulate emissions from a highly boosted GDI engine

Akehurst, S., Lewis, A., Turner, J., Leach, F. & Richardson, D., 2 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

The effect of fuel composition on particulate emissions from a highly boosted GDI engine - an evaluation of three particulate indices

Akehurst, S., Turner, J., Lewis, A., Leach, F., Stone, R., Cracknell, R., Shankar, V. & Richardson, D., 6 May 2019, In : Fuel. 252, p. 598-611 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


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