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What developments are BCU making?

We have refurbished workshops to create a fuel test cell to support research into new automotive technologies for the sector.

This innovative fuel test cell will ensure that delivery and applied research is developed in line with emerging automotive technologies with supplementary equipment allowing for additive manufacturing and material testing of the products.

Not only will it support teaching at undergraduate and Master’s level, it will also aid applied research into new automotive technologies.

It will do this by working closely with businesses as they continue to incorporate new and emerging technologies for improved sustainability such as hybrid, electric, hydrogen and autonomous vehicle technology. 

The workspace will be dedicated to equipment linked to advanced manufacturing techniques for design through to manufacture, prototyping and reverse engineering with supplementary equipment allowing material testing of the products.

Developing new courses for modern demand 

We are currently developing courses to support the training of new workforce as well as the upskilling of existing workforce across the engineering sector. Those courses will include degree apprenticeships in aerospace engineering, embedded systems and control engineering, and manufacturing engineering.

“The capabilities of our upgraded engine and fuel test cell are wide,” explains Ilias Oraifige, Professor and Head of Centre of Engineering. “It will allows us to expand into areas of powertrain control, including electric motors, engines and gearboxes, vehicle control, thermodynamic principles and fluid dynamics.

“It would allow for the loading and testing of automotive electric motors and the development and analysis of alternative and synthetic fuels. It will also create more accurate measurements and recordings of valuable information, such as emissions.”