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Special Interest Group in Particulate Matter Filtration Flows in Automotive and Marine Applications

(part of UK Fluids Network

Focus of the Special Interest Group

The group's focus is particulate matter filtration flows, in aftertreatment and other systems. With rapidly tightening emissions regulations for land and sea transport, this research area urgently needs a boost, which will be facilitated by bringing together industry and academia, as well as traditionally separated marine and automotive research communities.

The group's activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • organising 2 meetings a year
  • development of resources for UK Fluids Network and wider community (knowledge base, guides to PM regulations, resources on modelling filtration flows, UK research facility and capacity database, instructional videos, tutorials)
  • creating a collaboration networks and engaging both academic and industry in particulate matter flow research
  • defining targets and building consortia for funding bids


UK Fluids Network (supported by EPSRC)




  • British Marine
  • Caterpillar
  • Centre for Factories of the Future
  • Coventry University
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • JCB Power Systems
  • Loughborough University
  • MAHLE Powertrain
  • Newcastle University
  • Perkins Engines Company
  • Queen׳s University Belfast
  • Ricardo UK
  • University of Birmingham

Project Team


Group Members (Universities)

Group Members (Industry and other institutions)

  • Jon Andersson, Ricardo UK Ltd
  • Dr. Paul Dunkley, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Darren Ellis, Perkins Engines Company Limited
  • Dr. Oscar Garcia Afonso, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Jonathan Hall, MAHLE Powertrain Ltd
  • David M. Heaton, Caterpillar | Performance Development and Aftertreatment Innovation and Technology Development Division – UK
  • Dr. W. U. Alex Leong, Ford Motor Company Limited
  • Dr. Jakub Piaszyk, JCB Power Systems Ltd
  • Ross Wombwell, British Marine Federation& British Marine Boat Shows
  • Professor Reza Ziarati, Centre for Factories of the Future


  • A big thank you to all group members for their support and engagement during the preparation stage of the Special Interest Group bid. We are looking forward to the group's activities. Please check our events page for coming event announcements.
  • 14/03/2017: The first call for the meeting "Particulate matter flows: requirement and opportunities" has been circulated to group members. The details can be found here


Upcoming Meetings

1. Particulate matter flows: requirements and opportunities

Coventry University

May 15th, 2017

The first meeting will take place at Coventry University on 15th May 2017. The meeting talks are expected to cover challenges and trends in managing particulate matter flows, including a review of existing emissions legislation in automotive, marine and off-road transport.

The meeting is open to anybody interested in Particulate Matter Filtration Flows. 

Although the group is partly funded by UK Fluids Network, a small registration fee of £... is requested from all participants except PhD students. This will be used to cover additional expenses such as venue, catering, sponsoring PhD attendance and attendance of international invited speakers.

Limited funding is available to cover travel expenses and accommodation if necessary, especially for PhD students. Only people contributing to the poster session will be eligible for funding. In order to apply, please:

  • Complete the registration form (soon to be available below).
  • Send an estimate of expenses and a brief justification to Svetlana Aleksandrova or Andy Williams by April 14th.
  • Add a brief description of your research and the poster you will be presenting The funding decision will be made based on number of applicants, available funds, the relevance and quality of your contribution to the topic of the meeting. 

2. TBC

Loughborough University

End of 2017


If you would like to receive updates about group activities, news and meetings, please e-mail Svetlana Aleksandrova or Andy Williams.