Our Research Expertise
At IAAPS we are developing technologies and methodologies to support highly efficient and more affordable propulsion systems that are capable of powering future vehicles using electrification, hybrids, and novel and low CO2 liquid fuels, pushing the limits of propulsion technology. Our research team is using cutting-edge simulation, purpose-built facilities and novel research tools for analysis and optimization of powertrain and vehicle related components and systems
Expertise in all propulsion types
We conduct research into high speed motors, battery packs and power electronics as well as thermal management of motors, drives and fuel cells. Our work covers Lean burn, low temperature combustion and E-turbocharging of ICE’s through to novel engine concepts and future fuels & energy conversion.
Simulation and modelling
We conduct research using 1D/3D powertrain and cooling systems modelling through to full facility “Digital Twin” methodology development. One solution for conducting such simulation activities is through AVL’s University Partnership Program, which gives us access to their full set of simulation applications. In addition, our work encompasses power electronics simulation (Saber & Spice toolkit) through to Simulink vehicle drive cycle simulation and control systems analysis & optimization.
Gearbox, Transmission and e-Drive
The work at IAAPS covers both conventional and novel automatic transmissions through to gearbox, transmission & e-Drive technology for EVs and HEVs. We work with partners on a range of research projects from shift quality optimization of EV transmission & drives through to integrated motor & transmission cooling systems.
Enhancing systems efficiency
We also specialise in advanced data analysis techniques for systems optimisation and stochastic models of energy use & system state through to integration of energy management & e-Drive systems. Our research expertise covers improved models of human driver behaviour and real time driver feedback through to dyno connected driver in the loop.
Looking to collaborate on a project?
We are a collaborator of choice for sustainable partnerships underpinned by world-class infrastructure and one of the world’s most highly respected and experienced propulsion research teams. IAAPS offers our academic, industrial and SME partners access to propulsion research expertise with a strong focus on collaboration and support for business incubation and SME growth.Get in touch
Centre of Excellence for Hybrid Thermal Propulsion Systems
A new virtual Centre of Excellence, funded under the EPSRC’s ‘Prosperity Partnership’ scheme, aims to develop a thermal propulsion system with a matched hybrid energy recovery system, capable of powering electric vehicles from a liquid fuel at an EU grid equivalent economic and environmental cost
Lowering CO2 from improved driver behaviour
Driver behaviour has a profound level of impact on fuel consumption and resultant CO2 emissions. Researchers at IAAPS conducted an extensive series of experiments with Ford and another engineering partner to link fuel use to the emotional response of drivers and their driving style
Precision analysis for Shell supports differentiated fuel benefits
Shell offer a range of differentiated fuels with proven benefits, but the growing complexity of vehicle systems was making more precise analysis using existing chassis dynamometers increasingly difficult. The challenge was brought to The University of Bath, where a multidisciplinary team increased test consistency by a factor of six.
What our partners say
For over 40 years, we’ve worked in collaboration with industry and academia to deliver transformational research into cleaner, smarter engines, powertrains and driver technologies
CEO of the Advanced Propulsion Centre
IAAPS will be pivotal in bringing together UK academic excellence and industry in a centre that will develop and test the next generation of automotive propulsion technology. The Advanced Propulsion Centre looks forward to the opening of the IAAPS facility and the exciting developments that the Bath University team and its industrial partners will no doubt bring about
Founder and CEO of Lightfoot
I can definitely say that the team at IAAPS have been a huge influence on our business and on our technologies. They’ve got this amazing world class technical capability, but also the commercial acumen that is so critical for a small business, any business frankly, who is looking to monetize their innovations
Director of Innovation, McLaren Applied Technologies
Automotive propulsion technology is going through a period of revolutionary change. There is a need within the industry for the expertise of IAAPS and their new R&I facility. At McLaren, we see great potential for a continued collaboration with the team at IAAPS and see their expertise and the expansion of their facilities as a huge benefit to the wider UK automotive industry
Impact driven team
The IAAPS team have been supporting propulsion research for over 40 years and offer a unique combination of academic and industrial expertise in all propulsion types. Our work covers novel transmissions, driveline technology and the use of advanced simulation tools, research methods and experimental processes that enhance overall systems efficiency.Meet our team
Our world class facilities
IAAPS has world-class, fully integrated research facilities with the flexibility to cater for all propulsion types from conventional engines supplied by a range of fuels through to hybrid and electric powertrain systems. Our facilities can handle complete vehicles, individual systems or single components through bespoke cell configuration, utilising the latest measurement equipment and designed to offer our partners timely, consistent, accurate, and repeatable analysis.View our facilities
Small business engagement
IAAPS has been built with collaboration at its heart, working across our networks to support business incubation and accelerate SME growth. IAAPS works to accelerate the pace of innovation across companies of all sizes and facilitate collaboration between innovators and those who can help realise their ideas. There are a number of ways small businesses can collaborate with IAAPS and our networks.Join our network