Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Chair in Thermofluids



+44 (0)20 7594 7032p.aleiferis




Ms Serena Dalrymple +44 (0)20 7594 7029




615City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Prof. Pavlos Aleiferis is the Head of the Thermofluids Section of the Mechanical Engineering Department. Pavlos studied Mechanical Engineering with a Diploma thesis in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and obtained a Master of Science (MSc) in Thermal Power and Fluids Engineering from the University of Manchester with a dissertation in turbulence modelling (1996). He then joined Imperial College where he studied for a PhD (1997–2000) and conducted postdoctoral research in optical experimental techniques and numerical simulations applied to in-cylinder engine flows and injector nozzles in collaboration with Honda R&D and Keihin, Japan. Subsequently he moved to University College London (UCL) as a Lecturer in 2003, where he was promoted to Reader in 2011 and Professor of Thermofluids in 2015. In 2016 he was appointed as Chair in Thermofluids in Imperial’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2013 he established with Jaguar Land Rover the Centre of Excellence in Spark-Ignition Engines.


Pavlos's research is in the fundamentals of turbulent multiphase flows with applications in advanced propulsion systems for zero/low-carbon vehicles, including hydrogen engines. The focus of his work is both experimental and computational using Laser-based optical diagnostics and numerical modelling. Research sponsors include the EPSRC, Jaguar Land Rover, Shell, MAHLE Powertrain, BP, Lotus, Ford, Delphi. Pavlos is on the Editorial Boards of Fuel published by Elsevier and Fuels published my MDPI. He has received prizes by the Combustion Institute (Sugden Award), the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Dugald Clerk Prize), the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer, the Society of Automotive Engineers. Current projects and research interests include:

• Sustainable fuels and their properties

• Hydrogen injection and combustion

• Ammonia use as a zero carbon fuel

• Sprays, injectors and cavitation

• Flash boiling, supercritical conditions

• Ultra cold spray atomisation

• Turbulence in engines

• Flame growth and cyclic variations

• Premixed compression ignition

• Lubricant transport phenomena

Pavlos also maintains a strong interest in F1 powertrains and aerodynamics.

Flame Development in a Direct-Injection Hydrogen Engine with Spark Ignition or Controlled Autoignition

Flame Development in a Direct-Injection Spark-Ignition Engine with Different Liquid Fuels



Aleiferis P, Shukla J, Brewer M, et al., 2021, Effect of water content in ethanol on spray formation at subcooled and flash-boiling conditions, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol:182, ISSN:0017-9310, Pages:1-18

Aleiferis P, Shukla J, Brewer M, et al., 2021, Spray Development of iso-Octane, Ethanol, Hydrous Ethanol and Water from a Multi-Hole Injector under Ultra Cold Fuel Temperature Conditions, Fuel, Vol:303, ISSN:0016-2361, Pages:1-19

Aleiferis P, Papadopoulos N, 2021, Heat and Mass Transfer Effects in the Nozzle of a Fuel Injector from the Start of Needle Lift to after the End of Injection in the Presence of Fuel Dribble and Air Entrainment, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol:165, ISSN:0017-9310, Pages:1-35

Bontitsopoulos S, Hamzehloo A, Aleiferis P, et al., 2020, Numerical Simulations of the Effect of Cold Fuel Temperature on In-Nozzle Flow and Cavitation Using a Model Injector Geometry, Sae Technical Papers, ISSN:0148-7191


Bontitsopoulos S, Hamzehloo A, Aleiferis P, et al., Large Eddy Simulations of In-Nozzle Cavitation Phenomena for Cold Fuel Injection, ASME 2020 Power Conference, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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