Loughborough Research Facilities
Loughborough has exceptional engine-research facilities for an academic institution. These include a world-leading optical engineering lab, an engine test facility composed of eight test cells (including steady-state and transient dynamometers) as well as a rolling road chassis dynamometer and a hydrogen-safe fuel cell laboratory. These facilities are all fully equipped and are staffed with experienced, dedicated research technicians. The size of the facility ensures a large and diverse research student population.
AVL Research Engine
We have recently installed and commissioned a brand-new AVL 5402 high-speed single cylinder diesel research engine. It is rated at up to 24 bar BMEP with a maximum speed of 4200 RPM. We have also developed an instrumentation suite, EGR and back-pressure systems for the engine. Some recent photos of the AVL engine facility:
AVL engine and surge tanks AVL test bed AVL engine data acquisition and control bench
The lab is equipped with Horiba MEXA-7100H-EGR and MEXA-9100D-EGR emissions benches, as well as a number of AVL smoke meters.
We are also equipped with an array of high-speed emissions analyzers, including:
Cambustion NDIR500 (CO & CO2, t10-90 ~7ms)
Horiba MEXA-1100 FRC (NO, t10-90 ~30 ms)
Cambustion DMS500 particle size spectrometer (5 - 1000 nm, t10-90 ~200 ms)
More information can be found at:
Optical Engineering Research Group
Automotive Engineering Research Group
Thermofluids and Combustion Research Group