Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Dr Ashley Fly MEng (Hons), PhD

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Ashley received an MEng degree in Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University in 2011, followed by a PhD in the thermal management of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in 2015. He then worked as a research associate on a joint project between the United Kingdom and South Korea for advanced fuel cell technology, before becoming a lecturer in vehicle electrification in 2018.


  • Postdoctoral research associate, Loughborough University, 2015-2018
  • Lecturer in vehicle electrification, 2018-present


  • MEng (hons) in Automotive Engineering, Loughborough University, 2011
  • PhD, Loughborough University, 2015

Outline of main research area

Developing the technologies required for low emission and emission free vehicles, including hybrid, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Key research areas are:

  • Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel cells (PEMFC) - modelling, manufacture, testing and analysis
  • Batteries – modelling, thermal management, testing and analysis
  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)
  • Fluid flow and heat transfer in electrochemical devices
  • System level analysis and integration
  • Evaporative cooling

TTP401 Sustainable Vehicle Powertrains

Other teaching commitment to be confirmed

Recent publications

Fly, A, Butcher, D, Meyer, Q, Whiteley, M, Spencer, A, Kim, C, Shearing, PR, Brett, DJL, Chen, R (2018) Characterisation of the Diffusion Properties of Metal Foam Hybrid Flow-fields for Fuel Cells using Optical Flow Visualisation and X-ray Computed TomographyJournal of Power Sources, 395(2018), pp.171-178, ISSN: 0378-7753. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.05.070.

Fly, A, Chen, R, Wang, X (2018) Equivalent Stiffness Model of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Stack Including Hygrothermal Effects and Dimensional TolerancesJournal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage, 15(3), JEECS-17-1077, DOI: 10.1115/1.4039141.

Jinuntuya, F, Whiteley, M, Chen, R, Fly, A (2018) The effects of gas diffusion layers structure on water transportation using X-ray computed tomography based Lattice Boltzmann methodJournal of Power Sources, 378, pp.53-65, ISSN: 0378-7753. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2017.12.016.

Fly, A and Thring, RH (2016) A comparison of evaporative and liquid cooling methods for fuel cell vehiclesInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41(32), pp.14217-14229, ISSN: 0360-3199. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.06.089.

Fly, A and Thring, RH (2015) Temperature regulation in an evaporatively cooled proton exchange membrane fuel cell stackInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 40(35), pp.11976-11982, ISSN: 0360-3199. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2015.04.086.

Dunnett, SJ, Whiteley, M, Fly, A, Leigh, J, Jackson, L (2015) Advanced reliability analysis of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells using Petri-Net analysis and Fuel Cell modelling techniques.International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 40(35), pp.11550-1158, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2015.01.154.

Fly, A and Thring, RH (2013) System thermal and water balance in an evaporatively cooled PEM fuel cell vehicle, Institution of Mechanical Engineers - VTMS 2011, Vehicle Thermal Management Systems Conference Proceedings, pp.267-277.

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Visiting Researcher, Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), South Korea, 2016-2017

Member H2FC SUPERGEN hydrogen and fuel cell research hub

Associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Reviewer for:

  • Applied Thermal Engineering
  • Journal of Power Sources
  • Fuel cells