Propulsion Electrification
Topic: Electrical energy storage roadmap introduction
Industry Partner: WMG, University of Warwick
Year: 2019

WMG is a hub of collaboration between academia and industry, driving innovation in applied science, technology and engineering. This provided an excellent insight into the potential that academic-industrial collaboration has within the automotive sector. During this visit to WMG students were fortunate enough to witness first-hand the cutting-edge research and world leading facilities through a tour of the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) – a national facility for all aspects of battery research, from materials and electrochemistry through to application integration and recycling. 

Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition
Topic: Sustainable engineering solutions
Industry Partner: Aspire Engineering and MCT Reman
Year: 2020
Supervisor: Richard Burke

This workshop included a visit to both Aspire Engineering and MCT Reman, and a tour of both facilities. The workshop was focussed on sustainable engineering solutions, such as the design and manufacturing for recycle-ability. 

Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration
Topic: Safety and autonomous driving
Industry Partner: AB Dynamics
Year: 2020

AB Dynamics is one of the world’s leading specialists in automotive test systems across a wide range of applications, from validation and durability to the development of advanced technologies for active safety and autonomous driving. As part of the MRes year our students in Cohort 1 had the opportunity to visit, to partake in a demonstration of their in-house Advanced Vehicle Driving Simulator (aVDS) for a closer look at safety and autonomous driving and virtually drive a range of vehicles.

Topic: Introduction to Public Engagement with ART-AI
Industry Partner: Science Made Simple
Year: 2020

Wendy Sadler from Science Made Simple delivered a public engagement workshop for the CDTS based at University of Bath, ART-AI, CSCT and SAMBa.

The first section of this workshop included an introduction to public engagement 'What do we know? Why do we do it? Who should we engage with and what are the barriers?' and the second section was focussed on what the message is, and thinking about a useful structure for communicating research. Tools for engagement and minimising jargon and some tips on effective delivery.

Chemical Energy Converters
Topic: Thermal Modelling Techniques - Part 1
Year: 2020
Supervisor: Richard Burke

AAPS CDT Students attended a series of summer masterclasses on the theme Thermal Modelling Techniques. In this session they gained an overview of engine and turbocharger modelling techniques and experience of different simulation software.

Chemical Energy Converters
Topic: Thermal Modelling Techniques - Part 2
Year: 2020
Supervisor: Richard Burke

AAPS CDT Students attended a series of summer masterclasses on the theme Thermal Modelling Techniques, this session gave an in depth overview of electric motor modelling and architectures.

Propulsion Electrification
Topic: Modelling and Simulation of Electric Vehicle Powertrain in SaberRD
Year: 2020

AAPS CDT Students attended a series of summer masterclasses on the theme Thermal Modelling Techniques, this session gave an overview of three different modelling domains within SaberRD: Electrical, Mechanical and Thermal. Students constructed a basic model for each of the three domains and simulated various typical scenarios, allowing them to solidify our knowledge whilst gaining experience working in SaberRD.

Transport Policy & Economics
Topic: WECA Local Mobility Planning Workshop
Industry Partner: WECA (West of England Combined Authority)
Year: 2021
Supervisor: Richard Burke

This workshop, hosted by WECA (West of England Combined Authority), provided an opportunity to work with a local authority and to discuss solutions and improvements to the surrounding mobility and transportation infrastructure while utilising the CDTs multidisciplinary pool of knowledge. This session gave an oversight to WECA's Future Transport Zone (FTZ).

Topic: Responsible Research and Innovation Workshop with SEP CDT
Year: 2021
Supervisor: Richard Burke

On the 30th of July 2021, Cohort 1 students joined the Sustainable Electric Propulsion (SEP) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) of Newcastle University for a debating competition on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The intention of this was to help students with writing their RRI statements for their PhDs. 

For this day, participants were split into 4 teams. In turns, two teams were given a subject. One team would pitch in favour of the idea, while the second one would persuade the audience into disagreeing with the given statement. The remaining 2 teams would act as the audience and vote for the most convincing argument.

The topics given were in line with the main themes of both CDTs : green propulsion, electrification, and clean energy. By doing this, contributors were all intrinsically challenged by the struggle of defending, or pulling to pieces, their core beliefs and the building blocks of their work environment.

Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition
Topic: Life Cycle Assessment
Year: 2021
Supervisor: Marcelle McManus

This summer masterclass gave an an overview of sustainability and the opportunity to learn about the theory of LCA (attributional, consequential, use in existing and emerging technology/materials) and look into different case studies. 

Low Carbon Fuels
Topic: Low Carbon Fuels
Year: 2021
Supervisor: Tim Mays Chris Chuck

This masterclass was on the theme Low Carbon Fuels, where students learnt about the chemistry behind conventional fuels and what they actually are, what each family of components do and used this as a platform to overview the main routes to future renewable transport fuels. This masterclass also gave an introduction to Hydrogen.

Gas Purification
Topic: Gas Purification
Year: 2021
Supervisor: Antonio Exposito Semali Perera

This masterclass was on the theme Gas Purification where students learnt about different technologies for air cleaning, reduction of emissions and treatment of exhaust gas and gained an understanding in the differences between new and traditional technologies in terms of emissions.

Topic: Public Engagement with Science Made Simple
Industry Partner: Science Made Simple
Year: 2022

Science Made Simple delivered a two day bespoke training package for AAPS Students as part of a series of roadshows being created and delivered by AAPS students.

Day one of the training was designed to familiarise volunteers with the project, develop workable ideas and develop presentation skills and materials appropriate, including:

  • Understanding audiences
  • Establishing key science messages
  • Creative ideas generation exercises
  • Simple design and branding
  • Adapting technical language to meet audience needs
  • Managing your engagement event – roles, admin, partner engagement

Day two of the training was an opportunity for students to present their prototype materials and develop further presentation skills including: 

  • Standing on a stand – attracting transient audiences; using props and equipment
  • Voice and body language skills
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and Safety
  • Test drive – present activities and materials to a peer group
Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration
Topic: Model Based Development Summer Masterclass
Industry Partner: AVL
Year: 2022

Josef Zehetner from AVL ran a two day summer masterclass providing an overview of model based development.

Day 1 provided an introduction to model based development, with Day 2 continuing on the topics and taking a deep dive into IODP tools and methods.

Chemical Energy Converters
Topic: Vehicle Efficiency (incl: Road load measurement, thermal energy management, electrical energy management and holistic energy management)
Industry Partner: Jaguar Land Rover
Year: 2023
Supervisor: Tom Fletcher Richard Burke

A team of Technical Specialists from Jaguar Land Rover delivered a 2-day masterclass on Vehicle Efficiency, on 12th and 13th January 2023. The masterclass comprised both practical and theoretical elements. Participants learnt from practitioners how vehicles are instrumented and tested to measure accurate road load that is critical for estimating how much energy a vehicle requires & consumes, which in turn underpins modelling and laboratory experiments aimed at estimating key vehicle performances and legislative metrics.

Day 1 was undertaken at Thruxton Racetrack and focussed on the practical techniques of measuring road load. Here attendees experienced how to conduct of a coast-down test using one of JLRs instrumented electric vehicles. They experienced the techniques used to collect this data from which the vehicle rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag is estimated.

Day 2 focussed on the interpretation of coast-down & energy consumption test data, collected day before, and its use in the estimation of vehicle range and energy consumption. The session also covered the breadth of driving conditions and vehicle usage patterns and how these affect the predicted vehicle range.

Transport, Behaviour and Society
Topic: Mobility and Babcock International
Industry Partner: Babcock International
Year: 2023

As part of providing the training in the MRes year, Rosie Sullivan and Ryan Williams from Marine & Technology Babcock International joined the AAPS students to share thoughts to understand the challenges for future Mobility from a commercial organisation point of view, based on the Babcock Technical Centre site which in the vicinity of IAAPS site (part of the University of Bath) at the Science Park. 

Babcocks’s challenge is that their technology centre is a growing campus and there is widespread car use and dependence. There is a limited availability or use of public transport or MaaS (Mobility as a Service) and a large number of people live a distance form their offices. So, the current operating model of business is dependent on car, centralised offices, outer-urban location; strategic road links; large recruitment and catchment area; and much more.

The majority of people travel from their home to the offices by car which is similar to the university challenge our MRes students were looking at for the Innovation unit. However, pandemic driven a sudden growth of working from home has opened the opportunity to reconsider the travel requirements of the staff at Babcock. Many options are under consideration, the greatest of which is collaboration between the many players in developing a more integrated mobility solution.

Nested within a longer-term UK operations sustainable transport strategy (which is in development); all being driven by a Plan Zero 40, for carbon neutrality by 2040. Currently at the stage of implementing basics and adjusting programme to post-pandemic context, as well as formulating medium / long term plans.

The students found this discussion insightful and created many options in the development of their ‘wicked’ problem solutions for transport for staff and students in the University.

Transport, Behaviour and Society
Topic: Mobility and Ford Motor Company
Industry Partner: Ford
Year: 2023

As part of providing the training for the MRes students, Dave Skipp, Director, Autonomous Vehicle & Mobility Strategy at Ford Motor Company joined the students to share thoughts related to an understanding of the challenges for future Mobility.

In the session the students explored the difficulties with the much needed transformations to reduce the impact of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Based on Dave's experience he shared a personal view of the way people and goods need to move, or not, in the future and the opportunities that businesses could explore. The automotive industry in general is facing these changes creating new business models with less reliance on high volume production to diversification into delivery services and MaaS (Mobility as a Service). Further, there is the diversification into new propulsion systems with the multitude of new technologies, not just with the vehicle but the connections broadly described as V2X.

The session included a interesting period of time exploring and answering the many questions the students had related to the project they had reducing the carbon impact of students and staff travelling between their place of residence and the University of Bath. Dave shared his personal insights during this engaging dialogue which both stimulated the students to think more broadly around the subject and in doing so initiated some additional lateral thoughts to generate some useful new perspectives.

It is important for the students to understand in broad terms the challenges in propulsion and mobility in order to establish new areas of research in support of industry.

Topic: How to Build Your Researcher Professional Identity for Career Success
Industry Partner: The Faraday Institution
Year: 2023

Fran Long, Head of Training and Talent Development at the Faraday Institution delivered a session for AAPS students on how to build their researcher professional identities and how to harness the power of LinkedIn to boost career success. Attendees were able to learn about the benefits of actively seeking professional development and training opportunities in the areas of technical knowledge and skills, research and business management, personal effectiveness as well as how to maximise impact and influence in line with best practice guidance from Vitae.


The themes explored during this session included: 

  • How can you build credibility in your field?
  • How can you grow your professional network?
  • How can you develop your personal brand?
  • How can you harness the power of LinkedIn?

Fran Long leads work on researcher professional development and a bespoke PhD training programme in the quest to create a dynamic and diverse pool of talent for the fields of battery technology and energy storage.  An innovative educator who has conducted research into raising STEM career aspirations, Fran is committed to boosting professional career development in the STEM sector through developing and leading programmes for early career researchers, PhDs, undergraduate students, young people (through STEM outreach) as well as a host of equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives that widen participation and foster inclusivity.

Chemical Energy Converters
Topic: Combustion Measurement
Industry Partner: Kistler
Year: 2023
Supervisor: Tom Fletcher

An exclusive one-day masterclass, delivered by technical experts from Kistler for AAPS students, IAAPS researchers and technical staff seeking to advance their understanding of sensor technologies, applications, and industry best practices to ensure measurement accuracy.

The morning session included a series of classroom-based talks on the challenges of high-speed data acquisition on the test bed and in-vehicle, combustion sensor technologies and signal processing. Led by Kistler's instructors, participants learnt about the design and functionality of sensors, gaining insight into their diverse applications. The session emphasized industry best practices, equipping participants with the essential knowledge and tools to excel in the field of high-speed data acquisition.

The afternoon session had a practical focus, consisting of a hands-on learning about sensor installation, inspection, and maintenance. Participants had the opportunity to configure and take in-vehicle combustion measurements using the IAAPS BMW i8 test vehicle to investigate knock, phasing, and balancing. This practical session provided a fantastic opportunity to understand the processes and considerations for capturing real-time data and harness it for informed decision-making.

Business and Management
Topic: Entrepreneurship Event with Octopus Ventures
Industry Partner: Octopus Ventures
Year: 2023

An exciting opportunity for AAPS students to join a workshop on venture capital and deep tech investments, run by Octopus Ventures, with SAMBa and ART-AI CDT students also attending. 

Octopus Ventures are one of the largest and most active venture capital investors in Europe. They offered this workshop to engage with our students early in their careers, to start thinking about entrepreneurship and start-ups as viable career opportunities.  Octopus have made a public pledge that by 2027 50% of all businesses which pitch to them will be led or co-led by a woman, and have resolved to apply similarly ambitious goals to other measures of diversity over the coming years. 

The format for the workshop was

  • Introduction to Venture Capital, Deep Tech investing, and how it intersects with academia/spin-outs.
  • Exercise: Group work. Groups of 3-5 students pick a research topic and work together to present a business model

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