Jaguar Land Rover Invests £1M in New Engine Research Projects
Jaguar Land Rover has announced the creation of two new ‘Centres of Excellence for Engine Combustion Research’ at two of the UK’s main universities. The £1m investment will be shared equally between University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford to support the development of new research facilities and fund two 5-year study programmes.
Each centre will focus on specific combustion technologies. The work at UCL’s Department of Mechanical Engineering will focus on spark ignition in petrol engines, led by Dr Pavlos Aleiferis. At the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science, Dr Martin Davy will lead the project on compression ignition in diesel engines.
Jaguar Land Rover says the primary area of research will be to understand and develop advanced combustion concepts compatible with future fuel advances by investigating new combustion geometries, valvetrain, fuel injection, air management and ignition technologies.
The study programmes will feed directly into the future development of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium family of diesel and petrol turbocharged engines, which will begin production at the new Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton early in 2015.
Brian Cooper (JLR), Dr Pavlos Aleiferis (UCL) & Dr Martin Davy
Dr Wolfgang Epple, director of research and technology for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We are on a very positive trajectory to reduce vehicle emissions and improve fuel economy. As there is no single solution to cleaner, greener vehicles, we are investing in the research and development of a range of technologies that potentially could help to improve future internal combustion and to develop alternative powertrains.”
The centres will be equipped to undertake comprehensive research, both experimental and virtual, using the latest single-cylinder engines, new optical techniques, and CFD computer modelling tools.
Jaguar Land Rover will provide technical support to the Universities from its powertrain research team and with powertrain CAE CFD computer simulation experts. The university teams include a number of senior academic staff, research assistants, technicians and research students.
Brian Cooper, principal engineer at Jaguar Land Rover’s powertrain research department, said: “The focus for these two research projects is to find new ways to deliver improved fuel efficiency without compromising the performance and driveability our customers expect. The combustion system is at the heart of the engine and there are significant opportunities for improvement in this area with new technologies for both petrol and diesel.”
Source: Jaguar Land Rover