Dr Abul Hossain

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and Design 

Dr Abul Hossain

I joined Aston University in September 2007 as a Research Associate in the Sustainable Environment Research Group. Although this is my first appointment in academia, previously I worked in a process industry as a Mechanical Engineer for 4 years before starting my postgraduate study. I worked on designing and modification of the components, process design and optimisation of flow parameters, and new installation and commissioning of machineries. Prior to that, I worked as a Mechanical Engineer in a dual-fuelled and gas engine power generation plant. 

Currently I am working on the development of biofuels based co-generation (and tri-generation) systems; second generation biofuels production, charecterisation and upgrdation of biofuels; internal combustion engine performance and combustion, engine components and parameters modifications; and solar PV-based brackish water desalination techniques combined with green house cooling system.  

Phone+ 44 (0) 121 204 3041
Room: MB158C

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Higher Education - Aston University , UK
  • PhD - Cranfield University, UK
  • MSc - Cranfield University, UK
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering with 1st Class - BUET, Bangladesh
  • 2014 – present : Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering and Design Group, Aston University, UK 
  • 2013 – 2014 : Research Fellow, European Bioenergy Research institute (EBRI), Aston University, UK
  • 2007 – 2013 : Research and Teaching Associate, Mechanical Engineering and Design Group, Aston University, UK

My main research interests are in developing small-to-medium scale renewable energy systems for multi/poly generation application. Specific areas of interest include but not limited to:                                                                          

  • Renewable biofuels for CHP (or tri-generation) application, engine waste energy recovery
  • Performance, emissions and combustion of alternative fuels in IC engines; engine modification/parameter optimisation
  • Desalination of brackish (and sea) water using solar energy 
  • Biomass energy: resource assessment, conversion, techno-economic modelling, lifecycle energy and emission analysis
  • Biomass-solar hybrid system
  • Carbon capture and storage, energy storage techniques 
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Member of the Energy Institute (MEI).

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
  • Member of the Renewable Energy Association (REA).
  • Support for Bioenergy Research and Industrial Development in the West Midlands, European Regional Developemnt Fund (ERDF).
  • Bio-energy: technology and business solutions for the UK and India (Science Bridges), funded by Research Councils, UK (EP/G039992/1) and DST, Government of India.
  • Enhanced biomass production and energy conversion for use in water-scarce areas of India, funded by EPSRC (EP/E044360/1).  
  • Thermodynamics and Fluidmechanics, Engineering Science, CDIO Module, Dynamics and Controll, Renewable Energy.
  • MSc research projects and BSc final year projects.  

Z. Engineer (co-supervisor), Y. Engineer (co-supervisor)                                                                                                         Please contact me for PhD/KTP project

Review articles for international journals.

Hossain, A. K. and Davies, P. A. (2013).Pyrolysis liquids and gases as alternative fuels in internal combustion engines -A review. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 21, 165-189.

Yang, Y., Brammer, J. G., Samanya, J., Hossain, A. K. and Hornung, A. (2013). Investigation into the performance and emissions of a stationary diesel engine fuelled by sewage sludge intermediate pyrolysis oil and biodiesel blends. Energy, 62, 269-276.

Hossain, A. K., Oaudi, M., Siddiqui, S., Yang, Y., Brammer, J., Hornung, A., Kay, M. and Davies, P. A. (2013). Experimental investigation of performance, emission and combustion characteristics of an indirect injection multi-cylinder CI engine fuelled by blends of de-inking sludge pyrolysis oil with biodiesel. Fuel, 105, 135-142.

Hossain, A. K., Thorpe, R., Vasudevan, P., Sen, P. K., Critoph, R. E. and Davies, P. A. (2013). Omnigen: providing electricity, food preparation, cold storage and pure water using a variety of local fuels. Renewable Energy, 49, 197-202.

Hossain, A. K. and Davies, P. A. (2012). Performance, emission and combustion characteristics of an indirect injection (IDI) multi-cylinder compression ignition (CI) engine operating on neat jatropha and karanj oils preheated by jacket water. Biomass and Bioenergy, 46, 332-342.

Hossain, A. K. and Davies, P. A. (2012). Combustion and emission characteristics of a typical biodiesel engine operated on waste cooking oil derived biodiesel. SAE Technical Paper 2012-01-1624.

Hossain, A. K., Thorpe, R., Critoph, R. E. and Davies, P. A. (2011). Development of a small scale pure plant oil fuelled CI engine based trigeneration plant: principles, design, construction, performance and emission. Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, 70, 688-693.

Davies, P. A., Srivastava, R., Kaphaliya, B., Hossain, A. K., Ngoye Igobo, O., and Garantziotis, G. (2011). A greenhouse integrating desalination, water saving and rainwater harvesting for use in salt-affected inland regions, Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, 70, 628-633.

Hossain, A. K. and Davies, P. A. (2010). Plant oils as fuels for compression ignition engines: a technical review and life-cycle analysis. Renewable Energy, 35 (1), 1-13.

Davies, P. A. and Hossain, A. K. (2010). Development of an integrated reverse osmosis-greenhouse system driven by solar photovoltaic generators. Desalination and Water Treatment, 22, 161-173.

Hossain, A. K. and Davies, P. A. (2009). Small-scale reverse osmosis brackish water desalting system combined with greenhouse application for use in remote arid communities. Desalination and Water Treatment, 3, 229-235.

Davies, P. A., Hossain, A. K. and Vasudevan, P. (2009).  Stand-alone groundwater desalination system using reverse osmosis combined with a cooled greenhouse for use in arid and semi-arid zones of India. Desalination and Water Treatment, 5, 223-234.

Davies, P. A., Hossain, A. K., Lychnos, G. and Paton, C. (2008). Energy saving and solar electricity in fan-ventilated greenhouses. Acta Horticulturae, 797, 339-346.

Hossain, A. K. and Badr, O. (2007). Prospects of renewable energy utilization for electricity generation in Bangladesh. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 11 (8), 1617-1649.

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