Research Theme - Transport
Research activities in this area occur right across the Cardiff School of Engineering and can be grouped under four themes: Energy Management; Materials and Structures; Safety and Regulation; and Vehicle Dynamics.
Energy management ensures that transport is more efficient and cleaner. Through its Centre of Excellence for Electric Vehicles (EVCE), Cardiff University School of Engineering has the expertise and resources to make a significant contribution to research in the field of low carbon and electric vehicles. Research areas include: energy generation and supply; renewable energy sources; smart grids / telematics; energy recovery and harvesting; human machine interface; and range extender technologies
Materials and structures have a role in developing lightweight structures that are both safe and result in a more efficient transport. Research areas include: optimised light weight structures; functionally graded structures; manufacture for reduce cost/environmental impact; condition monitoring; and dual function materials (safety/structural).
Safety and regulation is the tool used to steer development of greener transport. Research areas and technologies include: protection of pedestrians and road users via biomechanics and injury studies; development of countermeasures for improved vehicle safety; static and dynamic computer modelling; comprehensive component testing; and the safety of new and alternatively powered vehicle concepts.
Within the Vehicle Dynamics area, we offer services, innovation, research and development across a wide range of technical areas. Facilities available include: computer modelling software specialising in vehicle dynamics analysis: comprehensive test facilities specifically for vehicle dynamics testing including quarter car, four poster and chassis torsion rigs.