Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

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Mr Alex Thirkell

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Research Assistant in Methanol Fed High Energy Density Fuel Cell Systems

Alex received his MEng degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Loughborough University in 2016 where his final dissertation focused on the use of hydrogen fuel cells in small unmanned aerial vehicles. He then started his PhD as a member of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and Their Fuels, furthering his research into the application of fuel cells on aircraft and is due to submit in Summer 2020. In 2019 he accepted a part time research position on a joint project between the United Kingdom and India for developing Methanol Fed High Energy Density Fuel Cell Systems.

  • MEng Aeronautical Engineering, Loughborough University, 2016

Outline of main research interests:

  • Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC) – modelling, manufacture, testing and analysis.
  • Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) – modelling, manufacture, testing and analysis.
  • Fuel cells for aeronautical applications.
  • Fuel cell systems integration.

Thirkell, A., Chen, R. and Harrington, I., 2017. A fuel cell system sizing tool based on current production aircraft. SAE Technical Paper, 2017-01-2135, 2017, DOI:10.4271/2017-01-2135.

External Collaborators:

  • PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India
  • VIT University, Vellore, India
  • BAE Systems
  • Intelligent Energy
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (AMIMechE)