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Prof Julian Dunne

Post:Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Engineering and Design)
Location:RICHMOND 3A12

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 872570
International:+44 1273 872570

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Professor J. F. Dunne
BSc (Newcastle), PhD (Bristol),
CEng, FIMechE

Head of the Dynamics, Control, and Vehicle (DCV) Research Group.

Chair of the Undergraduate Module Assessment Board  (MAB) for the Department of Engineering and Design.

Deputy Chair of the Undergraduate Progress and Award Board (PAB) for the School of Engineering and Informatics.

Professor Julian Dunne is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Sussex, and is fully involved in research, teaching, and academic administration. He currently leads the 28-strong Dynamics, Control, and Vehicle (DCV) Research Group, and teaches 3 modules in the area of Dynamics and Control. He is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sound and Vibration (since January 2002), and currently has 69+ refereed journal, international conference, or patent publications.

His main research interests are on the dynamics and control issues associated with low CO2  road transport i.e.: Vehicle, Engine, and Rotor Dynamics; Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) issues. Nonlinear dynamic analysis and inverse modelling using conventional and artificial neural network models for IC engine combustion control; and more recently, Optimal control of KERS. His application interests include Extended Range Electric Vehicles (particularly the challenge of efficient Range Extender selection beyond 2020). In recent years, his research has been funded externally by the EPSRC, the EU, and Jaguar Land Rover, with significant support also from Ford, Ricardo, and Denso.

The Dynamics, Control, and Vehicle Research Group at Sussex focuses on three areas: On Dynamics, the emphasis is on Modelling and Computation; Nonlinear Dynamics; Structural Dynamics; Uncertain Structures; System Identification; and Rotor dynamics; On Control, the emphasis is on Modelling and Simulation; Optimal Control; Estimation; Intelligent Control; Fault-tolerant Control; Robust Multivariable Control; Nonlinear Control; Model Reduction Techniques; Reliability; Applications of Advanced Control to Transportation and Energy; and Condition Monitoring;. And on Vehicle  Research,  the focus is directed towards CO2 reduction in transport through: i) improvements in energy conversion efficiency in both IC and jet engines, ii) through ‘lightweighting’, and iii) through drag-reduction technologies via CFD. For the DCV Group, this means reducing vehicle CO2 emissions by improving powertrain and vehicle efficiencies, particularly of IC engines in both conventional and hybrid electric vehicles by gaining a better understanding of the engine, the vehicle vibration characteristics, and the vehicle-body noise emissions to allow weight reduction. The Impact of the Group is directed towards climate-change, which is the most pressing transport issue. The DCV Group is meeting these challenges through better modelling, analysis, computation, and control.