Personal homepage of Professor Michael Brear

 

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Michael Brear is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Prior to taking up his position in Melbourne, he worked for ICI Australia (now Orica), then undertook graduate studies at the University of Cambridge and post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Michael works in transport and power generation, with a particular focus on low emission technologies and alternative fuels. This involves close collaboration with the Ford Motor Company through ACART, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Princeton University, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and others. Michael also runs his University’s Master of Energy Systems, which is a multi-disciplinary degree that integrates the technical, commercial and policy aspects of energy.

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Please contact Michael by email if you are interested in joining his research group.

 

Michael Brear's curriculum vitae

 

Current projects

1.     Achieving cost effective abatement from Australian electricity generation

2.     Enabling low greenhouse gas emissions from road vehicles through the proper use of alternative fuels

3.     Optimising flex fuel engine performance

4.     Towards an event based model of combustion generated sound

 

Selected recent publications

1.     Morganti, K.J., Foong, T.M., Brear, M.J., da Silva, G., Yang, Y. and Dryer, F.L., 2014, “The autoignition of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in spark-ignition engines”, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, in press

2.     Talei, M., Brear, M.J. and Hawkes, E.R., 2014, “A comparative study of sound generation by laminar, combusting and non-combusting jet flows”, Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, vol. 28, pg. 385-408

3.     Orbaiz, P.J. and Brear, M.J., 2014, “A technical and financial analysis of two recuperated, reciprocating engine driven power plants. Part 1: thermodynamic analysis”, Energy Conversion and Management, vol. 80, pg. 598–608

4.     Orbaiz, P.J. and Brear, M.J., 2014, “A technical and financial analysis of two recuperated, reciprocating engine driven power plants. Part 2: financial analysis”, Energy Conversion and Management, vol. 80, pg. 609–615

5.     Talei, M., Brear, M.J. and Hawkes, E.R., 2013, “A direct numerical simulation study of frequency and Lewis number effects on sound generation by two-dimensional forced laminar premixed flames”, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, vol. 34, no. 1, pg. 1093-1100

6.     Brear, M.J., Dennis, P.A., Sharma, R and Manzie, C., 2013, “A technical and financial analysis of potentially near-zero greenhouse gas emission passenger vehicles”, SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars – Mechanical Systems, vol. 6, pg. 61-77, also SAE paper no. 2013-01-0496

7.     Andrianov, D.I., Manzie, C. and Brear, M.J., 2013, “Spark ignition engine control strategies for minimising cold start fuel consumption under cumulative tailpipe emissions constraints”, Control Engineering Practice, vol. 21, pg. 1007-1019

8.     Orbaiz, P.J., Brear, M.J., Abbasi Atibeh, P. and Dennis, P., 2013,  “A comparative study of a spark ignition engine running on hydrogen, synthesis gas and natural gas”, SAE International Journal of Engines, vol.6, pg. 23-44, also SAE paper no. 2013-01-0229

9.     Foong, T.M., Morganti, K.J., Brear, M.J., da Silva, G., Yang, Y. and Dryer, F.L., 2013, “The effect of charge cooling on the RON of ethanol/gasoline blends”, SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants, vol.6, pg. 34-43, also SAE paper no. 2013-01-0886

10.  Andrianov, D.I., Brear, M.J. and Manzie, C., 2012, “A physics-based integrated model of a spark ignition engine and a three-way catalyst”, Combustion  Science and Technology, vol. 184, issue 9, pg. 1269-1301

11.  Brear, M.J., Nicoud, F., Talei, M., Giauque, A. and Hawkes, E.R., 2012, “Disturbance energy transport and sound production in gaseous combustion”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 707, pg. 53-73

12.  Meyer, T.R., Brear, M.J., Jin. S.H. and Gord, J.R., 2010, “Formation and diagnostics of sprays in combustion”, chapter 11, volume 2: “Combustion diagnostics and pollutants” in Handbook of Combustion, Wiley, ISBN 978-3-527-32449-1

 

Recent patents

1.     Morris, G., Brear, M.J. and Slocombe, R.A., 2012, “Fuel and process for powering a compression ignition engine”, patent number WO2012068633

2.     Morris, G., Brear, M.J. and Slocombe, R.A., 2012, “Process for powering a compression ignition engine and fuel therefor”, patent number WO2012068634

 

Teaching

Master of Energy Systems