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

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 two 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.

More information about the group activities, list of events and other resources can be found on Moodle. Please use password “ SIG-PM-Filtration” to view as a guest or self-register.


UK Fluids Network (supported by EPSRC)


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

Project Team


  • SIG Leader Dr. Svetlana Aleksandrova, Coventry University
  • SIG Leader Dr. Andy Williams, University of Chester

Group Members (Universities)

  • Professor Stephen Benjamin, Coventry University
  • Dr. Maria Bogarra-Macias, University of Birmingham
  • Dr. Nwabueze Emekwuru, Coventry University
  • Dr. Martin Herreros, University of Birmingham
  • Dr. Geoff McCullough, Queen University Belfast
  • Dr. Humberto Medina, University of Nottingham
  • Dr. Alan J. Murphy, Newcastle University
  • Dr. Kayvan Pazouki, Newcastle University
  • Professor Athanasios Tsolakis, University of Birmingham
  • Dr. Edward Long, Loughborough University

Group Members (Industry and other institutions)

  • Jon Andersson, Ricardo UK Ltd
  • Paul Crowhurst, Evolution Measurement
  • 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
  • Chunxing Lin, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Dr. Jakub Piaszyk, JCB Power Systems Ltd
  • Salman Safdar, AVL UK
  • Dave Scapens, Luxfer MEL Technologies
  • Ross Wombwell, British Marine Federation& British Marine Boat Shows
  • Professor Reza Ziarati, Centre for Factories of the Future

Past Meetings

Particle Filtration Flows

Location: Online, 25 February 2022

The seventh meeting of the group took place online, and combined a range of topics covering emissions reduction and measurement technologies, and air quality. Access the meeting agenda and presentations

Future Challenges and Directions for Particle Filtration

Location: University of Chester, 10 September 2019

The sixth meeting of the group was held at the University of Chester, and as the last UK Fluids sponsored meeting was dedicated it to looking forward, discussing and identifying the challenges facing particulate filtration, and identifying the gaps in knowledge.

View meeting details and presentations. Please use password “SIG-PM-Filtration” to browse as a guest or self-enrol.

Particulate Matter Flows: new and mature technologies

Location: University of Birmingham, 25 February 2019

The fifth meeting of the group took place at the University of Birmingham. The meeting talks included overview of some alternative technologies and applications for particle removal, alongside the established ones.

Particulate Matter Flows: marine sector

Location: Newcastle University, 20 September 2018

The fourth meeting was dedicated to particulate matter (and other) emissions in marine applications, and featured speakers from regulation bodies (IMO), industry and academia.

Meeting programme, list of participants and the presentations. (Please use password SIG-PM-Filtration to browse as a guest or self-enrol)

Particulate Matter Flows: more applications

Location: Johnson Matthey Technology Centre (Reading), 15 March 2018

The third meeting was hosted by Johnson Matthey and covered a wide range of topics from flow modelling to particle characterisation. Two international speakers were present from Turin and Bologna. Meeting programme, list of participants and the presentations (please use password SIG-PM-Filtration to browse as a guest or self-enrol).

Particulate Matter Flows: Experimental Methods and Measurements

Location: Loughborough University, 11 September 2017

The second meeting took place at Loughborough University. It was mostly dedicated to experimental methods and measurement techniques used for studying particulate matter flows. The speakers included:

  • Duncan Kay (Department for Transport)
  • Brendan Mahon (Defra)
  • Simon Payne (Cambustion)
  • Tim Watling (JM)
  • Peter Lin (JLR)
  • Svetlana Aleksandrova (Coventry University)

View more details and presentations. Please use the password “SIG-PM-Filtration” to browse as a guest or self-enrol.

Particulate matter flows: requirements and opportunities

Location: Coventry University, 15 May 2017

The first meeting took place at Coventry University on 15 May 2017. The meeting talks covered challenges and trends in managing particulate matter flows. 30 people attended the meeting, while several group members followed the meeting remotely using live streaming.

View more details and presentations. Please use password “SIG-PM-Filtration” to browse as a guest or self-enrol.

Extra information about the group, group meetings, related events and resources. You can browse it as a Guest or self-enrol using password SIG-PM-Filtration

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

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