Current research funding in the Centre for Intelligent Transport
£5,827,987

Centre for Intelligent Transport

Funded Research Projects

The following are current funded research projects taking place within the research centre:

iCASE Award Industrial Contribution (NDA) - Eversion robots for radiologically constrained environments characterisation and decommissioning


Principal Investigator: Kaspar ALTHOEFER
Funding source: Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd
Start: 19-09-2022  /  End: 18-09-2026
Amount: £29,628

iCASE Award Industrial Contribution (Airbus) Rich Simulation Driven Design Optimisation


Principal Investigator: Vassili TOROPOV
Co-investigator(s): Pihua WEN
Funding source: Airbus Defence & Space Ltd
Start: 12-09-2022  /  End: 11-09-2026
Amount: £37,428

Correlative Analysis of Crystals in 3D
Correlative Analysis of Crystals in 3D


Principal Investigator: Chinnapat PANWISAWAS
Co-investigator(s): Chinnapat PANWISAWAS
Funding source: Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), UKRI
Start: 01-10-2022  /  End: 30-09-2025

EPSRC Equipment Business Case: Correlative Analysis of Crystals in 3D (EP/X014614/1: £2,501,463, 1 Oct 2022 – 31 Aug 2025) More info: https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/X014614/1

Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) collaborative research project “Next Wing” in collaboration with Airbus


Principal Investigator: Vassili TOROPOV
Co-investigator(s): Tao LIU
Funding source: ATI
Start: 01-04-2022  /  End: 30-09-2025
Amount: £458,219

The project aims to develop next generation wing structures for future passenger jets . The project is led by airbus and the QMUL team will develop novel wing topologies and advanced simulation and modelling approaches .

Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) collaborative research project “Next Wing”


Principal Investigator: Vassili TOROPOV
Funding source: Innovate UK
Start: 01-04-2022  /  End: 30-09-2025
Amount: £458,219

EPSRC Sustainable Manufacturing Call - Circular economy elastomer products


Principal Investigator: James BUSFIELD
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 18-07-2022  /  End: 17-07-2025
Amount: £401,990

Eversion and Growing Robots: Pipe Navigation, Inspection and Characterisation


Principal Investigator: Kaspar ALTHOEFER
Funding source: Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Start: 01-07-2021  /  End: 30-06-2025
Amount: £116,296

Eversion and Growing Robots: Pipe Navigation, Inspection and Characterisation in nuclear environments

Example of tyres that are not easily recycled currently
Circular economy elastomer products


Principal Investigator: James BUSFIELD
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-02-2022  /  End: 31-01-2025
Amount: £395,434

The sustainability of elastomer industry is under huge scrutiny as many polymers are derived from fossil fuels and a large amount of rubber waste generated annually is not recycled. This research programme will develop novel circular economy elastomer products from renewable biobased feedstocks, with zero waste and high resource efficiency.

Zero-emission vehicles. Credit: EduardHarkonen/iStock.com
CELLCOMP: Data-driven Mechanistic Modelling of Scalable Cellular Composites for Crash Energy Absorption


Principal Investigator: Wei TAN
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-01-2022  /  End: 31-12-2024
Amount: £392,388

The project funded by EPSRC will create an intelligent data-driven virtual testing tool to assess an emerging type of lightweight materials, known as synthetic cellular composites (CCs).

Cheniere co-sponsorship of EPSRC PhD studentship equipment budget


Principal Investigator: Paul BALCOMBE
Funding source: Cheniere Energy Inc
Start: 01-01-2022  /  End: 31-12-2024
Amount: £90,000

The Jetting of Complex Inks for Industrial Inkjet Technologies - KTP


Principal Investigator:
Co-investigator(s): Neil CAGNEY
Funding source: Innovate UK
Start: 28-10-2022  /  End: 27-10-2024
Amount: £181,925

Industrial collaboration with Xaar PLC, examining the printing of inks with complex formulation and rheology

Using machine learning techniques to optimise the motion performance of soft robots physically interacting with their environment


Principal Investigator: Kaspar ALTHOEFER
Funding source: Defence Science and Technology Lab.-GOV UK
Start: 04-10-2021  /  End: 03-10-2024
Amount: £99,076

Using machine learning techniques to optimise the motion performance of soft robots physically interacting with their environment

A marine mussel attached on a rock
Mechanics and biomimicking of marine mussel plaques (RPG-2020-23 )


Principal Investigator: Tao LIU
Funding source: Leverhulme Trust
Start: 07-07-2022  /  End: 30-09-2024
Amount: £323,000

To survive the turbulent marine environment, mussels anchor themselves to various wet surfaces via adhesive plaques. Motivated by the unique mechanical behaviours of the plaques, the project will (i) develop the fundamental understanding on how the stiffness and the surface texture pattern of an underlying surface influence the adhesive structure and adhesive behaviour of a mussel plaque; and (ii) establish the principles to design plaque-inspired lightweight porous materials of high load bearing capacity and ductility as well as plaque inspired approaches for joining the materials with distinct mechanical properties.

Marine mussel plaque-inspired anchorages for floating offshore wind platforms (EP/X017559/1)


Principal Investigator: Tao LIU
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-11-2022  /  End: 30-09-2024
Amount: £201,751

Marine mussels can survive the harsh marine environment at intertidal zones by anchoring themselves to various wet surfaces through adhesive plaques. Recent research progress has highlighted that, in addition to the interaction of protein-based chemistry at the adhesion sites, the unique adhesive structure of a mussel plaque plays an important role. Motivated by this natural phenomenon, the proposal aims to establish the knowledge on the underwater adhesive behaviours of mussel plaque-inspired anchoring systems for the applications of the offshore floating structures.

ESTEEM - Sustainable manufacturing for future composites
ESTEEM - Sustainable manufacturing for future composites


Principal Investigator: Han ZHANG
Funding source: EPSRC
Start: 01-10-2021  /  End: 30-09-2024
Amount: £395,947

With only 1% of energy consumption compared to current manufacturing methods, high performance composites with integrated new functions like deformation and damage sensing as well as de-icing will be manufactured without needs of even an oven. This new method will be tuned to fully comply with the processing requirements of existing high performance composite systems, reducing costs in capital investment, operational, and maintenance aspects. The new functions will also provide real-time health monitoring of components' structural integrity to enable condition based maintenance with high reliability.

Evaluation of hydrogen evolution in pressurised reactor


Principal Investigator: Harry BHADESHIA
Co-investigator(s): Patrick CULLEN
Funding source: Paramirum Limited
Start: 01-08-2022  /  End: 05-09-2024
Amount: £327,520

A number of unusual experiments suggest that there is an intense reaction, at ambient temperature, between certain otherwise inert gases and iron when left to react at high pressures. The processes may or may not involve catalysis. The aim of the project is to understand the mechanism of the reaction by constructing a vessel that is instrumented in order to reveal changes during the course of the reaction.

EC Jetting: Towards the Next Generation of Printing Technologies
EC Jetting: Towards the Next Generation of Printing Technologies


Principal Investigator: Ahmed ISMAIL
Co-investigator(s):
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-04-2022  /  End: 31-03-2024
Amount: £296,834

Small nozzles, which are used to deposit small volume of liquids, are more prone to clogging and breaking and more difficult to manufacture. This project aims to develop a novel technique to produce jets that are 100 times smaller than the nozzle in size (no need for small nozzles) and printing frequency that is one order of magnitude higher than the natural electrojetting pulsation technique (fast printing).

Test section and schematic of a NACA0012 aerofoil trailing edge with canopies
Surface treatments for next generation quiet aerofoils


Principal Investigator: Sergey KARABASOV
Co-investigator(s): Vassili TOROPOV
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-04-2021  /  End: 31-03-2024
Amount: £412,529

The project in collaboration with the University of Southampton and the University of Manchester is devoted to high-resolution modelling and experiments aimed to reduce aerofoil noise. Introducing ‘canopies’ into the turbulent boundary layer may produce significant reductions in the surface pressure variation near the trailing edge, and hence similar reductions in the far field noise.

Electroadhesion for Perching and Resting Quadrotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on Various Surfaces


Principal Investigator: Ketao ZHANG
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 31-03-2022  /  End: 30-03-2024
Amount: £12,000

In this collaborative project, we propose to develop enabling technologies based on electroactive mechanisms for aiding small UAVs to effectively anchor on various surfaces in challenging environments. The novel technology and strategy can find a wide range of industrial applications and has the potential of revolutionizing aerial photography, infrastructure inspection, and surveillance.

RAEng-Newton Fund - Transforming Systems through Partnership - Thailand 2020-2021 - 2
RAEng-Newton Fund - Transforming Systems through Partnership - Thailand 2020-2021 - 2


Principal Investigator: Chinnapat PANWISAWAS
Funding source: Royal Academy of Engineering
Start: 30-04-2021  /  End: 31-01-2024

The project concentrates on additive manufacturing of metastable materials for biomedical applications. The project title is "Digital Materials Design and Additive Manufacturing for helping patients on bespoke 3D-printed implants"(TSP2021/100366).

RAEng-Newton Fund - Transforming Systems through Partnership - Thailand 2020-2021 - 1
RAEng-Newton Fund - Transforming Systems through Partnership - Thailand 2020-2021 - 1


Principal Investigator: Chinnapat PANWISAWAS
Funding source: Royal Academy of Engineering
Start: 19-04-2021  /  End: 31-01-2024

This project is about novel alloy design for additive manufacturing in biomedical applications. The project title is "Novel titanium alloys for biomedical application" (TSP2021/100052).

ECOTOOL - energy efficient composite tooling
Energy efficient composite tooling - ECOTOOL


Principal Investigator: Han ZHANG
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 13-10-2022  /  End: 31-12-2023
Amount: £83,285

The ECOTOOL project will contribute to achieving the Net Zero with a significantly enhanced energy efficiency during composite manufacturing, with reduced cycle and lead time from traditional tooling.

iCASE Award Industrial Contribution BT


Principal Investigator: Jun CHEN
Funding source: BT PLC British Telecommunications PLC
Start: 01-10-2019  /  End: 30-09-2023
Amount: £36,000

Air Cleaning Technologies (ACT): design protocol


Principal Investigator: Eldad AVITAL
Co-investigator(s): Vassili TOROPOV
Funding source: DOH Department of Health - GOV UK
Start: 01-04-2021  /  End: 30-09-2023
Amount: £89,018

ACT is a multi-centred randomised control trial of two air disinfection technologies which have the potential to mitigate the airborne transmission of the Covid-19 virus within schools: Portable high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters Upper-room ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (ur-UVGI) 30 primary schools from across Bradford are trialling these technologies to assess both the feasibility and efficacy of using these in schools, see https://caer.org.uk/projects/air-cleaning-technologies-act/

2022 Bridgestone Elastomer Research


Principal Investigator: James BUSFIELD
Funding source: Bridgestone Corporation
Start: 01-10-2022  /  End: 30-09-2023
Amount: £5,768

DJINN: impact on future Ultra-High-Bypass-Ratio commercial and business jet aircraft
Decrease Jet-Installation Noise (DJINN)


Principal Investigator: Sergey KARABASOV
Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 01-06-2020  /  End: 31-05-2023
Amount: £171,866

The motivation of DJINN is to work on jet-wing interaction noise for representative engine, pylon and wing configurations at relevant flight conditions. The ambition of the QMUL team is to work with the leading UK and EU universities and aerospace companies in order to maintain industrial and economical leadership in the highly competitive global aviation market. https://djinn.online/

Disinfecting indoor air against diseases as COVID and TB in cities in the Indian subcontinent
Disinfecting indoor air against diseases as COVID and TB in cities in the Indian subcontinent


Principal Investigator: Eldad AVITAL
Co-investigator(s): Fariborz MOTALLEBI
Funding source: Royal Academy of Engineering
Start: 15-04-2021  /  End: 14-04-2023
Amount: £39,490

The aim of this project is to develop an air filtration system for the Indian subcontinent with heavy pollution settings, while having air infection risk. Strategies of deployment and usage will be developed along with training of UK and Indian students, and knowledge transfer with industry with overall UK & India budget of £80k.

Next Generation TATARA Co-creation Centre (NEXTA)
Next Generation TATARA Co-creation Centre (NEXTA)


Principal Investigator: Chinnapat PANWISAWAS
Funding source: Promotion of Regional Industries and University from Cabinet Office, Japan
Start: 01-10-2018  /  End: 01-04-2023

I involved in Next Generation TATARA Co-creation Centre (NEXTA): One of the seven Japanese national projects funded for development of advanced materials for aerospace and motor applications as Research Co-I & Consultant & Visiting Associate Professor. The NEXTA project is funded by a Grant-in-aid for the Promotion of Regional Industries and University from Cabinet Office, Japan worth JPY7,000,000,000 or £42,000,000 in total) (1 Oct 2018 – 1 Apr 2023).

BFTT campaign
Creative Clusters Fashion in Smart Textile


Principal Investigator: James BUSFIELD
Co-investigator(s): and Haixue YAN
Funding source: AHRC Arts and Humanities Research Council
Start: 31-10-2018  /  End: 31-03-2023
Amount: £345,900

The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) is a five-year industry-led project, which focusses on delivering sustainable innovation within the entire fashion and textile supply chain. The aim is to foster a new, creative business culture in which fashion, textiles and technology businesses can use R&D as a mechanism for growth.

Graphene layer (Getty Image)
Graphene Flagship Core Project 3


Principal Investigator: James BUSFIELD
Co-investigator(s): Nick DUGGAN, Yang HAO, , Dimitrios PAPAGEORGIOU, Wei TAN, Colin CRICK, Han ZHANG, Himadri GUPTA and Nicola PUGNO
Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 01-04-2020  /  End: 31-03-2023
Amount: £376,501

This grant will cofund the establishing of a mini-CDT with 5 PhD studentships in Graphene materials at QMUL.

Dounreay Site Restoration Limited Consumables /Equipment funding


Principal Investigator: Kaspar ALTHOEFER
Funding source: Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd
Start: 22-03-2022  /  End: 21-03-2023
Amount: £49,975