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Having completed PhD in Applied Mathematics at Coventry in 2001, S. Aleksandrova stayed on as a researcher in Magnetohydrodynamics group. In 2010, S. Aleksandrova moved to Mechanical and Automotive Engineering department to join the Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project funded by Advantage West Midlands and ERDF.

After completion of the LCVTP in 2012, Svetlana continued research in aftertreatment, focusing on CFD simulations of catalyst flows. Currently Svetlana is leading a group within the Research Centre for Mobility and Transport, which deals with experimental, analytical and numerical studies of flows relevant to automotive applications and adjacent areas (marine applications, cooling flows etc). Svetlana's recent work focuses on assessment of existing and development of new CFD methodologies applied to modelling of aftertreatment systems.

Svetlana is the leader of the Special Interest Group on Particulate Matter Flows in automotive and marine applications, which has won funding from UK Fluids Network supported by EPSRC (EP/N032861/1).

Svetlana is also supervising three PhD projects, including experimental and modelling studies of aftertreatment systems for turbocharged applications, and Particulate Filtration flows.

Area of Expertise:

  • Automotive emissions aftertreatment
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Magnetohydrodynamics in strong magnetic fields

Research Interests

Automotive emissions aftertreatment; Fluid Dynamics; Magnetohydrodynamics; 

Vision Statement

Our research group's work is based around applying our Thermofluids expertise to a range of applications such as automotive aftertreatment, aerodynamics, cooling systems etc. Within the relatively young Research Centre for Mobility and Transport, I would like to establish our research group as a nationally and internationally recognised research unit with strong links with industry and other academic institutions. I would like to capitalise on our successful work on particullate matter filtration, and through the newly formed Special Interest Group in Particulate Matter Filtration Flows in Automotive and Marine Applications to create a vibrant network of researchers and industry representatives working towards the cleaner environment.

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Research Output 2008 2017

The Effect of Swirl on the Flow Uniformity in Automotive Exhaust Catalysts

Bin Rusli, I. H., Aleksandrova, S., Medina, H. & Benjamin, S. 8 Oct 2017 In : SAE Technical Paper Series. 10 p., SAE 2017-01-2384

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Swirling flow
Systems analysis
Gas generators
3 Citations

Hybrid Flow Modelling Approach Applied to Automotive Catalysts

Porter, S., Saul, J., Aleksandrova, S., Medina, H. & Benjamin, S. 16 May 2016 In : Applied Mathematical Modelling. 40, 19-20, p. 8435-8445 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Catalytic converters
Pressure drop
Quality control
Porous materials
3 Citations
Open Access
conducting fluids
magnetic fields
Hartmann number

Influence of cyclic variance on the performance of URANS for pulsating flow upstream of an automotive catalyst monolith

Saul, J. M., Porter, S. J., Mat Yamin, A. K., Medina, H. J., Aleksandrova, S. & Benjamin, S. F. 2015

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Vortex flow
Conversion efficiency
Flow fields

Open source Computational Fluid Dynamics using OpenFOAM

Medina, H. J., Beechook, A., Saul, J., Porter, S., Aleksandrova, S. & Benjamin, S. 2015

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Computational fluid dynamics

Activities 2016 2017

  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 2 Reviewer of proposals for funding
  • 1 Membership of working group
  • 1 Membership of network

Particulate matter flows: requirements and opportunities

Aleksandrova, S. (Organiser), Medina, H. (Participant), Stephen Benjamin (Participant)
15 May 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Particulate Matter Flows: Experimental Methods and Measurements

Aleksandrova, S. (Organiser), Andrew Williams (Organiser)
11 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Member of EPSRC Associate Peer Review College

Aleksandrova, S. (Member)
26 Jun 2017 → …

Activity: Reviewer of proposals for funding

Participation in an EPSRC Physical Sciences Prioritisation panel

Aleksandrova, S. (Speaker)
26 Apr 201727 Apr 2017

Activity: Reviewer of proposals for funding

Special Interest Group on Particulate Matter Filtration Flows in Automotive and Marine Applications (External organisation)

Aleksandrova, S. (Chair), Andrew Williams (Chair), Medina, H. (Member), Stephen Benjamin (Member), Nwabueze Emekwuru (Member)
1 Dec 20161 Dec 2019

Activity: Membership of working group