Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Prof. Michael Wensing (male, first-time participant to FET) is renowned for his contribution to the experimental investigation of rapid spray processes and flows under high pressure and temperature. Additionally, he is known for the design and fabrication of test rigs and instrumentation and (laser) optical diagnostics that are currently used by many R&D departments of automotive companies in Germany. He has been supervisor of 20 successfully completed doctoral theses in engineering so far and is currently advising 16 doctoral candidates. From 2010 to 2013 he was elected Dean of studies of the faculty of engineering at FAU. Currently, he is a member of the faculty council and a member of the evaluation board for all studies at FAU university. His research group (1 Postdoc, 10 engineers, 6 student assistants) at FAU is third-party funded by more than 90% with research contracts from the national and international automotive industry and public research foundations like the EU and national and international research councils. He has published over 200 scientific papers (H-index 13). Since 2006, he is the coordinator and PI of numerous industrial and public-funded programs, including Marie Curie ITN networks. Prof Wensing will devote 20%FTE to this project, covert by FAU.
Lukas Weiss (male, first-time participant to FET) received a Master degree in Material Science at FAU, Germany (2014). He is on a final stage of his PhD thesis. His research is focused in laser diagnostics, investigations of spray for diesel engine applications, spray transport in crossflow conditions and temperature management in Li-ion battery packs.
Dmitrii Mamaikin (male, first-time participant to FET) received a Master degree in Advanced Optical Technologies at FAU (2016). He is on a final stage of his PhD thesis. His research is focused in investigation of internal nozzle flow and primary breakup for gasoline direct injection systems, optical diagnostics, cavitation phenomena in nozzles and thermal management of Li-ion batteries.
City, University of London
Prof. Manolis Gavaises is working on the development and implementation of complex multi-phase flow models and their application to the automotive industry. He has developed numerous numerical codes, covering a range of Mach numbers from subsonic to hypersonic, interface capturing methods, phase interactions and phase-change processes. Effects of cavitation on erosion/durability of fuel injection systems and atomisation, as well as viscoelastic fuel additive effects on cavitation have been explored.
Dr. Ioannis Karathanassis has a strong background in heat-transfer enhancement techniques. He is overseeing the research activities at City focusing on the development of the numerical framework for predicting the flow behaviour of novel heat-transfer liquids and the overall BTMS performance. He is also involved in the liquids and system design in close collaboration with partners at FAU and Lubrizol.
Dr. Tim Smith is a Global Strategic Technology Manager at Lubrizol’s UK research and development centre in Hazelwood, Derby. Tim specialises in polymer development and rheology control in the oil additives business. In this I-BAT project Tim is responsible for formulating fluids with well-defined rheology characteristics.