Joshua Finneran MEng
PhD Research Student
I began by PhD at Loughborough University in 2017 after achieving a 1st in an integrated masters in mechanical engineering (MEng).
My background is in internal combustion (IC) engine design and analysis having industry experience in engine design, and completing analysis of unconventional IC engine designs during my degree.
I am interested in the future of propulsion technology for the transportation sector.
Exploiting the Full ‘Cold Energy’ Potential of Liquefied Natural Gas: A Pathway to Ultra Low Emissions, High Fuel Economy and High Specific Power
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is an alternative fuel with high energy density use in heavy duty vehicles. The environmental benefits of natural gas over diesel are well established, and since LNG is a cryogenic liquid it has the added benefit of stored ‘cold energy’, or exergy.
My research will investigate methods of exploiting the exergy of LNG to improve powertrain performance in terms of emissions, fuel economy, and specific power output. This will increase the competitiveness of LNG as a fuel choice and lead to decreased environmental impact of the heavy duty transport sector.