Dr Olusegun Ilori

Lecturer - Mechanical Engineering

Dr Olusegun M. Ilori is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Simulation in the School of Engineering. His current research interests include Applied Thermal Fluid Sciences, Engineering Modelling and Simulation, Thermoacoustics, Thermal and Energy Systems (including renewable and heat recovery), Heat Exchangers and Digital Engineering.

Olusegun received his PhD from faculty of engineering (now Engineering and Physical Sciences) University of Leeds after a successful viva at the prestigious Osney Thermofluids Lab (now Oxford Thermofluid Institute), University of Oxford in 2016, on “Experimental and Numerical Investigations of Thermal-Fluid Processes in Oscillatory Flows”. He has MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Thermal option) from the University of Twente, The Netherlands (2008) and MSc in Industrial and Production Engineering from the Unversity of Ibadan, Nigeria (2006). He obtained his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Ibadan (2002).

Olusegun is a UK Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE). Since 2010, he’s been a Registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

Before joining the academia, Olusegun held the positions of Lead Research Engineer (2018-2020), CFD Research Engineer (2014-2018), Mechanical Design/Project Manager (2008-2012), and Research Intern (2007-2008) at Airedale International Air Conditioning Ltd (Airedale), Procter & Gamble (P&G), Ambient Project Services Ltd (Ambient) and TNO, respectively. In the HVACR, Manufacturing, Construction and Research Consultancy sectors, he developed novel thermal management products for comfort, process and datacentre applications; advanced simulation solutions for industrial mixing and processes; and mechanical building services and project supervision for a variety of buildings. During this period, he gained extensive experience in R&D, Consultancy, and Project and Team Management in different fast-paced commercial environments, working on several high-profile projects. His involvement in applied research works has yielded two international patent applications, as well as extensive industry network in the UK and beyond.

Current Research Interests
Olusegun’s research interests focus on thermal, energy, and mechanical technologies and their fundamental thermal-fluid sciences aspects (thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and energy methods). He is interested in developing innovative energy systems for recovery and utilisation of low-grade heat from sources such as industrial waste heat, solar power, geothermal energy, internal combustion engines’ exhaust heat, etc., including but not limited to the following areas:
• Thermal-Fluid Processes in Oscillatory flows
• Thermoacoustic Technologies
• Heat Pumps, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Technologies
• Heat Exchangers and Heat Transfer
• Emerging and Smart Energy Technologies
• Energy Efficiency in Buildings

His research interests cover both fundamental and applied aspects of thermal, energy and mechanical systems and components:
• Experimental investigation of the complex non-linear thermal-fluid processes within energy systems and components
• Advanced modelling methods for characterisation of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics aspects
• Advanced numerical simulation tools for systems’ design, analysis and optimisation
• Digital Engineering – the use of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning in Engineering.
• Innovative concepts for thermal management and storage applications

Olusegun is keen to supervise and support PhD projects in these areas or closely related. For candidates who have their own project ideas in these research fields and seek for a supervisor, please contact me via my email address (o.ilori@bolton.ac.uk). Also, these research areas or closely related are available for collaboration and partnership.

Teaching Responsibilities
Olusegun currently teaches the following modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students in mechanical engineering and across the school of engineering
• Thermofluids
• Thermofluids and Control Systems
• Advanced Engineering Analysis
He’s also contributing to the following modules across the school of engineering
• Advanced Computer-Aided Engineering
• Management and Enterprise in Engineering
• Engineering Technology
• Engineering Study Skills

Publications
Below are my selected publication records from unrestricted research projects. The list excludes output from high-profile industrial-research projects where there were restrictions on publications due to Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).

O.M. Ilori, A.J. Jaworski, X. Mao: Experimental and Numerical Investigations of Thermal Characteristics of Heat Exchangers in Oscillatory Flow. Applied Thermal Engineering, 144 (2018) 910-925 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2018.07.073).

Saheed Ajayi, Lukumon Oyedele, Olusegun M. Ilori: Changing Significance of Embodied Energy: A comparative study of material specifications and building energy sources. Journal of Building Engineering 23 (2019) 324–333, (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2019.02.008).

Olusegun M. ILORI, Xiaoan MAO, Artur J. JAWORSKI: Numerical Simulation of Oscillatory Flow and Heat transfer in the Heat Exchangers of Thermoacoustic Devices. Proceedings of the 24th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration, ICR2015, August 16-22, 2015, Yokohama, Japan.

Olusegun M. ILORI, Xiaoan MAO, Artur J. JAWORSKI: CFD Study of Oscillatory Flow through 90 Degree Bends of Thermoacoustic Devices. Proceedings of the 24th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration, ICR2015, August 16-22, 2015, Yokohama, Japan.

Olusegun M. ILORI, Xiaoan MAO, Artur J. JAWORSKI: CFD-Simulation of Oscillatory Flow around the Heat Exchangers of Thermoacoustic Devices. Proceedings of the 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2014, November 14-20, 2014, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2014-37926)

Olusegun M. ILORI, Artur J. JAWORSKI, Xiaoan MAO: Numerical Analysis of the Heat Transfer in Oscillatory Flow around the Heat Exchangers of Thermoacoustic Systems. Proceedings of CHT-15 International Symposium on Advances in Computational Heat Transfer, May 25-29, 2015, Rutgers University, Piscataway, USA. (DOI: 10.1615/ICHMT.2015.IntSympAdvComputHeatTransf.950)

Ilori O.M., Mao X., Jaworski A.J.: Design of Thermoacoustic Rig for the Analysis of Thermal and Hydraulic Performance of Heat Exchangers in Oscillatory Flow. Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2013 Vol III, WCE 2013, July 3 - 5, 2013, London, U.K (Nominated for the Best Paper Award).

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