• Howard Richards

  • Theme:Propulsion Electrification
  • Project:Investigating the affect DC ripple current has on lithium-ion cells
  • Supervisor:Chris Vagg
  • Industry Partner: AVL
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Howard has joined AAPS CDT after graduating from Imperial College London where he studied Mechanical Engineering. Having grown up on a farm, Howard spent much of is early life tinkering with engines and machines giving him an affinity for solid mechanics. During this time Howard demonstrated a natural ability through his knowledge of ICEs and transmissions, and found a new affinity for electrical systems. This led to mechatronics as a desired field of study and under Dr. Costall (who joined IAAPS in 2020) in his final year, he undertook research into the viability of the electrification of agricultural machinery. Overcoming a lack of knowledge and guidance available to him in this area he produced a bottom-up analysis of tractors including 12 independently recorded duty cycles with results intended to be published imminently.

Name Role Description Date Website
Role of CCS in 1.5C Target Attendee

A lecture given by researchers at Imperial College London on the role of CCS in the 1.5C target provided an insight not only into CCS at power production sites but also atmospherically. This was not only interesting in terms of alternate methods but the discussion after the lecture was highly stimulating with conversations also ensuing about the potential for BECCS and how this might influence or change the atmospheric CCS plans that are currently occurring.

Walk the Talk about Circular Economy Attendee

Walk the Talk was an event hosted online by the Ellen MacArthur foundation aimed at promoting the use of a circular economy proactively as opposed to a unintended bonus. The event promoted the circular economy needing to be created by the designers of products, rather than being solved by other engineers and problem solvers later. This would ensure the processes and products we use in life are fully circular as they were designed with this specifically in mind.

Charged Evs Summer 2021 Conference Attendee

Attended Charged EVs summer 2021 conference seminars on the future of electric propulsion in the automotive space. The most interesting developments were generally in the manufacture of battery packs and the applications of electrification to Heavy Goods Vehicles. The manufacturing side was interesting from a designers point of view as it is important to design something that can be easily scaled up as the production of EVs accelerates rapidly. And the Heavy Goods Vehicle applications is interesting because even if they run on hydrogen fuel cells or alternative fuels they are still going to need electric propulsion and appropriately specified motors and drivetrains to handle the increased torque levels

I-SEE Hydrogen at Scale Attendee

The I-SEE at Bath hosted a talk on a project in the North-West of England attempting to deliver Hydrogen at scale. The mission was not only to produce Hydrogen for transportation and automotive needs but to first supply houses with green hydrogen and also create stores to aid the balancing of the grid without the use of Lithium batteries. This would then enable them to create a base demand for hydrogen production and transportation so when automotive demand rose as well this would be a smaller percentage increase to an existing infrastructure as opposed to starting from scratch.

University of Bath, Mechanical Engineering Design and Project Exhibition - Cohort 2 Presentation

"AAPS CDT Presents: The 2030 Novus - Spiritual Successor To The Prius"

During the MRes year of the programme, the cohort were inspired by the impact of the Toyota Prius, and developed an architecture for a sustainable vehicle targeted at the market of 2030. Projecting forward using current and anticipated global trends, the transdisciplinary team explored a variety of opportunities for innovation and, using a holistic systems-engineering approach, developed a crossover plug-in hybrid vehicle.

A Battery Cell Format Comparison: Prismatic, Pouch or Cylindric? Attendee
J├╝rgen Schneider, Solution Manager for Virtual Battery Development at AVL and Dr Jan Richter, CEO of Batemo delivered a technical deep dive on the pros and cons of different formats and shares insight from opening and physically modelling a large variety of automotive cells.
AAPS Conference 2022 Speaker

Title of talk: Pulse Charging

- 13/07/2022

AAPS Conference 2022

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