Paul Stewart – Funded Research Projects

Funded Research Projects

 Current Funding

  • EPSRC network grant (reference EP/N026985/1) – Smart Active Footbed for Wound Prevention and Management                                  PI Paul Stewart, Co-I Professor Jill Stewart University of Sheffield and Professor Frances Game University of Nottingham/Royal Derby Hospital


  • Collaborative PA1 ERDF Project – Enabling Innovation Apr 2016 – Mar 2019

The University of Derby’s £6M involvement in the EU funded project, a collaborative programme involving the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham


  • EU ERDF PA4 Project D2EE Low Carbon Technologies Nov 2016 – Oct 2019

Paul Stewart is Project Director for this £3M project led by the University of Derby in collaboration with Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council


  • iTREND Intelligent Technologies for Renal Dialysis Mar 2017 – Feb 2020

Funded by the MStart Trust via iTrend Ltd.                                                                                   £780,000

Project Director Prof Paul Stewart and Principal Investigators Prof Maarten Taal and Dr Nick Selby (Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Derby Hospital; Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham)

The prime objective of this project will be to develop computational and technology hardware combined with best-practice solutions applied to the dialysis procedure to make significant improvements to patient outcomes and quality of life.


  • Mel Morris Endowed Research Chair in Intelligent Systems Mar 2017 –


Previous Funded Projects


  • EU FP7 Project: ACHEON Aerial Coanda High Efficiency Orienting-jet Nozzle 2012 – 2015

FP7-TPT – Transport (Including Aeronautics) – Horizontal activities for implementation of the transport programme (TPT)                                                                                                                       £280,000

The ACHEON project explores a novel propulsive system for aircraft which overcomes the main limitations of traditional systems introducing effective and affordable vectored jet aerial propulsion with no moving parts.


  • EU FP7 Project: MAAT multibody advanced airship for transportation   2011 – 2014

FP7-AAT-2011-RTD-1                                                                                                                           £380,000

The MAAT project aims to investigate aerial transportation possibility by airship based cruiser-feeder system. MAAT is composed by three modules :

– the cruiser, named PTAH, (acronym of Photovoltaic Transport Aerial High altitude system);

– the feeder, named ATEN (Aerial Transport Elevator Network feeder), is a VTOL system (Vertical Take Off and Landing) which ensure the connection between the cruiser and the ground


  • Zero Constraint Free Piston Energy Converter: EPSRC Grant: GR/S97507/01 2005 – 2008


Principal Investigator: Paul Stewart. Collaborating University: Dept. Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, University of Loughborough UK.Collaborating Company: Lotus Engineering. Consortium Project Manager: Paul Stewart

The aim of the project is to realise and demonstrate a completely novel energy conversion technology, which has the potential for high efficiency, low emissions, and low manufacturing cost. Its main applications are likely to be in series hybrid vehicles and portable power generation. The technology is based around a single-cylinder free-piston internal combustion engine (ICE), which is run on a 4-stroke cycle, with an integral linear electromagnetic machine and electromagnetically operated poppet valves. By freeing the piston from crank shaft motion, it removes most of the constraints of crankrod-slider ICEs, and facilitates many advanced combustion strategies – by enabling variable compression ratio operation, throttle-free operation, different piston strokes during compression and expansion, and other previously unattainable piston trajectories. It represents, therefore, a major step change in ICE operating flexibility and offers unparalleled design scope.


  • Turbocharger robust computational optimal design analysis: Napier Turbochargers 3-year KTP. Turbocharger robust production design analysis 2012 – 2014
  • Fundamental Gas Turbine Engine Combustion Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Research Grant. Advanced CFD                                                                                                                                2012 – 2014
  • Gas Turbine Remote Monitoring and Sensing Research: Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Research Grant.                                                                                                                                2011 – 2014

Big data monitoring of real time prognostics, diagnostics and sensor validation for the global Siemens gas turbine fleet.


  • Airport energy technologies network EPSRC Grant: EP/H003150/1 2009 – 2012


Principal Investigator Prof Paul Stewart EPSRC – Low Carbon, Energy Efficient Airport Operations: 20 Academic and 17 Industrial Partners


  • Integrating and Automating Airport Operations EPSRC Grant: EP/H004424/2 2011  – 2014

PI Prof Paul Stewart, with Stirling University, Manchester and Zurich Airports

This project emerged from the Research Councils’ Energy Programme Sandpit in Airport Operations held at Shrigley Hall, Cheshire between 10-14 November 2008. It represents a wide ranging multi-disciplinary and cross-institutional initiative to exploit recent research advances in automated search methodologies and decision support techniques for air operations (and other related areas). This project will open up a range of exciting and ambitious research directions in the crucially important area of airport operations. The proposed programme of research will build integrated computational models of four key airport operations: Take-off scheduling, Landing Scheduling, Gate Assignment and Baggage flow.


  • Real-time Prognostics, Diagnostics and Failure Mode Computation and Control for Complex Electrical Power Systems and Actuators 2009 – 2010


United States Air Force European Office of Aeronautical Research and Development: 1 year personal research grant


  • Self-Powering Active Valve 2006 – 2008: Yorkshire Forward Grant. ‘Self-Powering, Active Valve’

2005 – 2008


Principal Investigator: Paul Stewart:  Collaborating Company: Pegler Ltd.


  • Electronically Actuated Valve Systems (ELTRAV) for distributed intelligent heating control



Joint-investigators: Paul Stewart and Chris Bingham


  • Energy Recovery from Landing Aircraft EPSRC Grant: EP/H004351/1 2009 – 2012


Principal Investigator Prof Paul Stewart: Collaborating company: Airbus/EADS Innovation Works

The scope of this project is to define, analyse and quantify the technologies which will enable the conversion of the kinetic energy of a landing aircraft, via a suitable electromechanical interface via transient energy storage into long term energy storage or the electrical grid network. Any technologies which are identified as having potential will be analysed not only in terms of power conversion efficiency, but also ranked against practical performance metrics such as weight, robustness, cost, and ultimately energy/carbon savings. The project will primarily be conducted in simulation, however the novel nature of the approach will require some basic experimentation to be conducted to support and confirm the simulation results.


  • EU Framework 6 More Open Electrical Technologies (MOET) workpackage 3.2.2 2008 – 2011


Principal Investigator Prof Paul Stewart

Optimised power systems, electrical machines, architecture and energy storage for the more electric aircraft. Collaborating Company: Airbus Toulouse Fr.


  • Electric Vehicle – Energy Management Systems Consultancy 2006


Joint-PIs Paul Stewart and Chris Bingham. Collaborating Companies: Lotus Engineering Ltd. and ITI Energy

Report on whole-vehicle energy management strategies for hybrid and electric vehicles