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Professor Nick Collings

Professor Nick Collings

Head of the Acoustics, Fluid Mechanics, Turbomachinery and Thermodynamics Division, Department of Engineering

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 332723

Research themes


Behaviour of biofuels in diesel engines


Efficiency and emissions from IC engines.

Novel combustion concepts (HCCI)

Departments and Institutes

Department of Engineering:

Research Interests

Traffic fumes from individual vehicles are decreasing every year as engines become cleaner, but there are more vehicles on the road and the number continues to grow. In an urban environment typically 60-70% of the particles that we inhale are from diesel or gasoline engines. My research involves new engine concepts for fuel economy improvement, and the development of novel particle mass measurement for diesel emissions. This is vital for accurate calibration of software models of engine processes.

Professor Collings' areas of research are: the internal combustion engine and the sentient vehicle.


  • Buildings
  • Combustion
  • Particle sizing
  • IC engines
  • Emissions
  • After-treatment
  • Sensors
  • Transport
  • Pollution