Inspiring and working with the next generation of leaders to pioneer and shape the transition to clean, sustainable, affordable mobility for all.

Where science, behaviour change AND future engineering meet. The Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems Centre for Doctoral Training (AAPS), at the University of Bath, is a remarkable hybrid think-and-do-tank. Where interests, disciplines and industry partners connect and collide to explore new ways of moving people.

This is a community that is both stretching and supportive. Encouraging students and industry to explore in a challenging but highly collaborative way. You will be able to work with peers from a diverse background, academics with real world experience and industry partners including manufacturers, inventors and government.

Join us. Together, we will challenge and change the current thinking. Collectively, we will move the mindsets, change the behaviours and open-up the possibilities that will help to transform mobility.

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Our Research Themes

Our research themes address the paradigm shift needed by the automotive sector as it transitions to a transdisciplinary and highly complex connected future.

 

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Application of Mathematics

The mathematics theme brings cutting edge techniques in mathematical modelling, statistics, and scientific computing both to gain insights into all aspects of automotive propulsion and its impact on people and the environment, and to support the design and operation of advanced propulsion systems. The theme combines research areas including differential equations, probability, data analysis, machine learning, dynamical systems, fluid mechanics and numerical analysis, all of which are needed to understand the complexities of propulsion.

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Chemical Energy Converters

We stand at the beginning of the electrified transport era. The end of the internal combustion engine has been widely publicized. And yet, of the 15 million passenger cars produced in the EU in 2019, the vast majority (~90%, in fact) still used pure gasoline or diesel engines.

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Computer Sciences

All complex machines, such as cars, are now both designed with and controlled by computers. With artificial intelligence we have the possibility of enhancing both, but it's not always clear how to do so in a safe and rigorous way that fully supports a designer or users objectives. While this theme has an AI focus it extends to all of the interactions between computers, machines and humans.

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Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration

This theme covers research in to improving the accuracy and robustness of virtualisation methods in propulsion system development . The improved processes and software developed will allow more optimised powertrains to be developed in a shorter and cheaper development cycle.

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Gas Purification

The Gas Purification theme focuses on technologies for emission reduction in transportation, such as separation technologies, catalytic processes for combustion engines, or air cleaning processes. The development of technologies in those areas will improve air quality and reduce contamination.

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Low Carbon Fuels

Research in this theme focuses on low carbon fuels for the automotive sector. The UK’s commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 20250 and the associated need to de-carbonise automotive fuels means that low carbon alternatives to diesel and gasoline (and kerosine) from fossil oil must be sought and delivered. These alternatives range from synthetic hydrocarbons from biomass and CO2 capture and utilisation to sustainable hydrogen from water electrolysis using renewable power. Applications of interest not only include light-duty road vehicles but also heavy-duty vehicles (on- and off-road), buses, trains, marine and aerospace.

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Propulsion Electrification

Propulsion Electrification covers research into electric powertrain technologies: batteries, semiconductions and converters, and electric motors. We work at all stages of the life cycle, from their design and development, manufacture, control and use, through to end-of-life. We are interested in component level research as well as interactions between them and with the rest of the vehicle system, integration, control and thermal management.

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Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition

To make mobility sustainable we need to understand how transport is and could be used; what the impacts are of producing the system and how various use scenarios vary impact. This will vary over time and depending on where we are in the world. I/this theme uses tools such as life cycle assessment to help us work out where the impacts are, how we minimise them as well as understanding how mobility can interact with the wider energy system.

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Transport Policy & Economics

This theme examines the evolution of transport policies and their impacts in transport markets with a special focus on how transport policy can respond to the requirements of climate change and deliver on SDG 11 (Sustainable Communities and Cities). It examines the history, rationale and mechanisms for intervention by governments in transport.

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Transport, Behaviour and Society

This theme considers the full range of influences on people’s travel behaviours, and in turn, how travel behaviour has wider social consequences. There are individual-level processes at work in a vehicle’s operator. This might include information processing, attention, personality or risk taking. Much of the work in this area is applied cognitive psychology or ergonomics.

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