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Hydrogen for propulsion in reciprocating engines – REF: RM-CDTResilient-Inetic-2022

   EPSRC CDT in Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Impact: Hydrogen has the potential of emerging as the leading energy carrier for the next generation of zero-carbon combustion for propulsion systems. You will work to understand how it can best be applied in real-world systems such as internal combustion engines. 


Currently there is a growing demand to reduce carbon emissions from the power and propulsion systems. Also, there is growing concern on the impact of fossil fuel emissions on public health of urban populations. However, the utilisation of hydrogen for combustion is hindered by considerable challenges, such as flame instability and flashback.

iNetic are an engine company specialising in automotive and aerospace based in Andover in Hampshire. This project aims to set out new design and operational principles for hydrogen combustors. The research will utilise both optical and conventional diagnostic tools to develop optimised strategies for hydrogen injection and efficient mixing with air, identify suitable operating conditions that result in favourable lean hydrogen flames with suppressed emissions and improve combustion stability. This work will enable us to fulfil the gaps in the understanding of fundamental hydrogen combustion, and to identify possibilities for high efficiency and near-zero emission operation in practical hydrogen combustion systems.

The selected candidate will be embedded in the Cardiff University – Centre for Research into Energy, Waste and Environment and closely work with the iNetic Engineering Team at Andover.  

The PhD project is of four years duration, starting October 2022, within the EPSRC Centre for Doctor Training (CDT) “Resilient decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems”. The studentship which will cover full university fees and a tax-free, enhanced annual stipend. The student who undertakes it will be one of a cohort of over 50 students in a broad range of disciplines across the Universities of Sheffield, Nottingham and Cardiff.  

We would like you to start in October 2022. Applications are welcome from graduates with a relevant STEM or engineering background. Please apply to the  University of Cardiff. Please quote the reference (REF) when making an application

Informal enquiries may be sent to Prof Richard Marsh (). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.  

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