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Dr Will Midgley B.Computer Science(Melb), B.Eng(Hons)(Melb), PhD in Engineering(Cantab)

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Lecturer in Intelligent Mechatronics and Control Systems Engineering

Will Midgley is a lecturer in Mechatronics Engineering at the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering. He studied mechatronics engineering at the University of Melbourne and was awarded a computer science degree and an engineering degree with honours.

After his undergraduate degrees, he undertook a PhD in energy-efficient urban delivery vehicles with the Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium (CVDC) at the University of Cambridge. This research focussed on the modelling, design and implementation of a hydraulic regenerative braking system for a full-size heavy goods vehicle. This system reduced the vehicle’s fuel usage, and therefore its greenhouse gas emissions, by up to 18%. He then continued as a research associate at Cambridge, investigating methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of heavy vehicles and freight transport with the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight Transport (SRF) – collaborating with various industrial and academic partners in the UK and across Europe.

After his PhD, he moved to Japan to work with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in their Vibration #3 Laboratory located at the Takasago Research and Innovation Centre. There his main research themes were: nonlinearities associated with frictional contacts; turbine blade vibration; and aeroelastic flutter.

He was appointed lecturer in Intelligent Mechatronics and Control Systems Engineering at Loughborough in 2017.

 

Key Awards:

  • Sage Highly Commended Paper 2012 for “Comparison of Regenerative Braking Technologies for Heavy Goods Vehicles in Urban Environments”
  • Third place in the National Robotics Competition (Australia) (2007)

Current Research Interests:

  • Nonlinearities in engineering systems
  • Controlling and modelling uncertainty in engineering systems
  • Friction interaction and characterisation
  • Aeroelastic interaction of turbine blades
  • Reducing the carbon dioxide produced by transportation

Grants and contracts:

  • 2019-2024 ViVID: Virtual Vehicle Integration and Development – A joint project with Ford Motor Company and several partners investigating digital prototype vehicle development.
  • 2018-2018 SMART: Smart Modular Architecture for Reliable Transport – A joint project with Nottingham and Warwick Universities investigating the benefits of a modular architecture for next-generation electric vehicles designed for reliability
  • 2019-2020 Decarbonisation of Bi-Mode Rail Vehicles – A project sponsored by RSSB to build a model of bi-mode trains used on the UK rail network, and use advanced control algorithms to reduce the carbon dioxide generated by these trains.

 

Current teaching responsibilities:

  • WSB010 Digital Systems– microprocessor lab organisation
  • WSC055 Digital Interfacing and Instrumentation – lecturing on practical applications
  • WSD568 Sensors and Actuators for Control – Tutorials and labs

 

Current administrative responsibilities:

  • Electrical Engineering Admissions Tutor

Recent publications:

W. J. B. Midgley and D. Cebon, “Evaluation of a Fuel-efficient Urban Delivery Vehicle," Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, Online First, doi:10.1177/0954407016689511

W. J. B. Midgley and D. Cebon, “Control of a hydraulic regenerative braking system for a heavy goods vehicle," Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, vol. 230, no. 10, pp1338-1350, Sep 2016, doi:10.1177/0954407015607780

 

Selected publications:

W. J. B. Midgley and D. Cebon, “Comparison of Regenerative Braking Technologies for Heavy Goods Vehicles in Urban Environments," Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, vol. 226, pp. 957-970, Issue 7, 14 March 2012, doi:10.1177/0954407011433395 (Sage Highly Commended Paper)

M. E. J. Stettler, W. J. B. Midgley, J. J. Swanson, D. Cebon, and A. M. Boies,” Greenhouse Gas and Noxious Emissions from Dual Fuel Diesel and Natural Gas Heavy Goods Vehicles," Environmental Science Technology, vol. 50, no.4, pp 2018-2026, Jan 2016, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b04240

  • University of Cambridge
  • Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium
  • Centre for Sustainable Road Freight
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries