The University of Sheffield was granted its Royal Charter in 1905, and is now one of the largest and most successful members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive institutions. Consistently positioned in the top 100 in the World University Rankings, it has an annual turnover of over £550m, with over 25,000 students and over 6,000 staff. The Faculty of Engineering has an annual turnover of £100m, of which research constitutes £46m, putting Sheffield second amongst UK Universities in terms of engineering research income. It has a formidable record in winning and managing European research projects and has collaborated on and co-ordinated pan-European ECfunded projects since the earliest Framework Programmes. The Low Carbon Combustion Centre, an initiative by the University of Sheffield, aims to be one of Europe’s leading facility for novel combustion and low carbon technology. LCCC is committed to providing industry with expert research into power, fuel, energy efficiency and, ultimately, the reduction in carbon emissions. The project management of the USFD contribution will be carried out through the “Low Carbon Combustion Centre (LCCC)” has had an extensive and well established relationship with jet engine manufacturers and aviation fuel/lubricant producers for over 10 years.

Role in the project

The USFD team will be involved in WP 3, 4, 5 and 8 

Personnel involved

Dr. Simon Blakey is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield and Director of the LCCC. Much of his research activity has focused on the technical suability of alternative fuels for aviation sector and the development of methods for the “fit for purpose” assessment of potential fuels and fuel compositions including combustion performance. He has been involved in the following European fuels research programmes: AERONET II, ECATS, ALFABIRD, SWAFEA, as well as engine development programmes such as TECC-AE, International fuels research programmes on the development of synthetic fuels in particular the QSTP international consortium and the US Federal Aviation Authority led CLEEN and PARTNER programmes, and the UK national alternative fuels programme: OMEGA He is the on Alternative Fuels Working Group Leader within ECATS, a European Network of Excellence on Aviation and the Environment. He has successfully supervised 4 Doctoral students and currently supervises 4 PhD students He annually supervises around 10 Masters students completing their final year projects in his group. To date he has been involved in research grants from a number of different sources (Industrial funded, EU and Innovate UK), the value of these grants to the research group is £3.1M (£2.4M as principle investigator).

Dr. Ehsan Alborzi is a senior researcher in LCCC at the University of Sheffield. He specialises in construction and reduction of chemical kinetic mechanism for fuel and lubricant thermal oxidative degradation and using them as models with computational fluid dynamic codes for real time simulation of coke formation in engine fuel injection system. He has been closely working with industrial partners such as Rolls Royce, Shell Aviation, Shell Qatar and Toyota Motor Europe, on fuel characterisation, performance, and optimisation and etc. He has been a key researcher on “Aviation Fuel Deoxygenation by Physico Chemical Techniques” funded by Dstl, UK in 2014, “Development of a model for aviation lubricant ageing”, “Engine Lubrication System Technology (Elubsys)” sponsored by 7th European Framework Program, 2013, “Development of a predictive model for coke formation in jet engine feed arm burner, “Technology Enhancement for Clean Combustion in Aero Engines (TECC-AE)” sponsored by 7th European Framework Program, 2011 and “Characterisation & Formulation of GTL Derived Synthetic Jet Fuels” by Qatar Foundation, 2010 and etc.