Engineering progress could cut pollution

06/30/04

Secondment helps develop new combustion processes

An eight month secondment to Australia has enabled a Cardiff scientist to make significant progress in developing new measurement techniques for combustion processes, which could lead to more efficient use of energy sources and reductions in pollution.

Professor Nick Syred of Cardiff University's School of Engineering received the prestigious Global Research Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering, providing 50% funding for a secondment to the University of Adelaide.

The project arose from the long-standing collaboration between the Institutions. In the past 13 years, staff exchanges have developed complementary activities in both directions.

"The programme involves bringing together all the work I have been doing over many years on swirl stabilised combustors as used in gas turbines and many other systems," said Professor Syred. "Adelaide's facilities in advanced laser diagnostics have enabled us to extend our knowledge base in this area".

In addition, the project will provide fundamental information into models for alternative fuel mixes as part of a European programme co-ordinated at Cardiff University.

Prior to the secondment, Professor Syred was appointed by the Department of Trade and Industry as an independent assessor for renewable energy contracts and proposals, and was awarded the inaugural Nato Science Partnership Prize for his work to improve the energy savings and performance of civilian and military aircraft.

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