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Thermal Propulsion Systems

Thermal Propulsion Systems Research Group

Welcome to the home page of the University of Oxford's Thermal Propulsion Systems Research group. The Group, which was founded in 1993 by Professor Richard Stone, is dedicated to developing the fundamental science necessary to enable substantial emissions reductions and efficiency improvements in next generation vehicles. We conduct a wide range of analytical, experimental and numerical studies in support of this goal.

Our current research interests include:
  • Diesel engine combustion and emissions
  • Optical studies of in-cylinder phenomena in gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engines
  • Fine particulate matter emissions from gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engines
  • Ultra-efficient engines and fuels
  • Abnormal combustion and knock in spark-ignition engines
  • Novel optical diagnostic methods for temperature and species
  • Fuel sprays and multi-component droplet evaporation
  • Fast-response thermocouple techniques and heat flux measurements
  • Fast Coriolis meters for real-time on-engine measurement of fuel injector flow

Single-Cylinder JLR Diesel Engine Test Facility

Cold-driven shock tube for Spray and Ignition Research

Development of Novel Optical Diagnostics for Temperature and Species

Characterising Abornomal Combustion and Knock in Spark Ignition Engines

Single-Cylinder JLR Gasoline Optical Research Engine Facilty