Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering


Dr Salah Ibrahim BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng

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Senior Lecturer in Thermodynamics and Combustion


  • Postdoctoral research assistant (1987-1990), engineering department, Cambridge university, Cambridge, U.K.
  • Senior Scientist/Engineer at British Gas R&D (1990-1997), Loughborough, U.K,
  • Joined Loughborough University as a lecturer in 1997.

Dr. Ibrahim’s technical background is in the general field of computational and experimental turbulent reacting flows and its industrial applications. During his stay at British Gas (1990-1997), he obtained the Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) status.

At present, he is a Senior Lecturer in thermodynamics and combustion in the department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University, U.K. Since started  in 1997, he has been made responsible for the development and delivery of two postgraduate courses, namely, the “Powertrain” and “Engine Performance-Advanced Technologies”.

That was in addition to his undergraduate lecturing on Thermodynamics, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and combustion. His research activities have been focused on the developments and validation of turbulent reacting flows models for industrial applications. International collaboration has been established with the combustion group at the University of Sydney, Australia.

He has a number of PhD and MSc students working under his supervision on a wide range of CFD and measurements of turbulent combustion and fuel sprays in many engineering practical applications. During the course of his research activities, various industrial links have been established including automotive companies such as Lotus cars, Jaguar, Ricardo and Ford.


  • Obtained BSc and MSc in mechanical engineering from Cairo university, Egypt.
  • PhD in mechanical engineering from The University of Sydney, Australia.

Key awards and Accomplishments

  • Chartered Engineer C.Eng
  • Awarded an “Excellent” grade for teaching in 2004

Outline of main research interests

  • Computational and experimental turbulent reacting flows and its industrial applications
  • CFD and measurements of turbulent combustion and fuel sprays in many practical engineering applications

Research Group

Hybrid Vehicles and Advanced Propulsion


Undergraduate Lecturing

  • Thermodynamics, Part A, 1997 – 2009.
  • Vehicle Engines, Part C, 1998 – 2009.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics, Part C, 2004-present.
  • Low carbon vehicle technologies, Part D, 2009-present.
  • Automotive Flow Modelling Techniques, Part D, 2010-present.
  • Powertrain Analysis, Part C, 2010-present.

  Postgraduate Lecturing

  • M.Sc. in Automotive System Engineering, (1998 – present), subjects taught:
    • Fuel and Chemical Equations.
    • Alternative and Renewable Fuels
    • Combustion in SI and CI Engines
    • Pollutant Formation and control in Engines
    • Engine Modelling Techniques
    • Computer Modelling of Flow, Turbulence, Spray and Combustion in Engines.
  • Powertrain Short Course (1 week intensive course),  (1998 – 2005), subjects taught:
    • Basic Combustion Theory.
    • Applied Thermodynamics
    • Engine Cycles
    • Exhaust Emissions and Control
    • Laboratory testing of Vehicle Engines.

External Collaborators

  • Lotus cars
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Ricardo
  • Ford

External roles and appointments

  • Invited “visiting scholar”, The University of Sydney, Australia,  (1998, 2000, 2002 & 2005).
  • Invited “International academic visitor”, Karlsruhe University, Germany,  2007.
  • Member of the international advisory reviewers for the Australian Research Council (ARC) grant proposals.
  • Member of the International advisory committee for the “3rd International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection (SEEP2009)”, Dublin, Ireland, August 2009.
  • Member of the International advisory committee for the “9th international conference on chemistry and its role in development” Mansura University, Egypt, 2007.
  • Member of the International advisory committee for the international conference on “Vehicle alternative fuel systems & environment protection” (VAFSEP), Dublin, Ireland, 2004 and 2006.
  • Member of the organising committee, I.MECH.E conference “Experimental and Numerical Methods for Powertrain Development”, London,2005.
  • Referee for many international journals, e.g. Combustion and Flame;  Combustion Science and Technology, Applied Thermal Engineering, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Hazardous Materials, Fuels, and Transactions of the Institute of Chemical Engineering
  • Co-chair of a technical session in the 17th International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems (ICDERS), Heidelberg, Germany, July 1999