Shell University Technology Centre (UTC) for Fuels and Lubricants
The Shell University Technology Centre for Fuels & Lubricants cements the long standing relationship that has existed between Shell scientists and the Tribology and Thermofluids groups of Imperial College. Through the close cooperation between Shell and the Tribology Group, the UTC enables Shell to develop a broad scope of fundamental tribological research work which enables greater insights into the formulation of performance Lubricants. Likewise, the work with the Thermofluids Group enables our Fuels scientists to gain greater insights into spray formation, deposit effects and Combustion characteristics which further our understanding in formulating fuels for modern engine technologies.
As a global Energy, Fuel & Lubricant supplier, Shell considers all aspects of Engineering research, be it in Mechanical, Chemical or Materials, fundamental to its success and has its own global research facilities in Houston, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Bangalore and Shanghai, researchers from which liaise closely with the UTC.
The centre is governed by a framework agreement between Imperial and Shell which lasts for an initial period of five years. The funding from Shell supports day-to-day operation of the Centre and a number of PhD and post doctoral researchers who work on projects under the UTC umbrella. The framework agreement allows for a wide range of projects that can vary in duration from a few months to three years not only in the Mechanical Engineering department but in other faculties within the College. The UTC was started in September 2013.
The core UTC personnel are:
- Dr Neal Morgan - UTC Research Manager and Research Scientist at Shell Research UK
- Dr Ian Taylor - Shell Research UK
- Professor Hugh Spikes - UTC Director and Professor
- Professor Daniele Dini - Professor and Head of the Tribology Group
- Professor Bill Jones - Professor of Thermofluids
Location: Room 462, City and Guilds Building, Imperial College London