Dr Ricardo Sodré

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Dr José Ricardo Sodré received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), in the UK, in 1995. He joined Aston University as a Reader on November 2018, where he actuates in the Energy and Sustainability research group and in the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI). Before, he has worked as an Associate Professor at Birmingham City University, UK, and as an Associate Professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, in Brazil. He has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering (ABCM), and acts as a consultant to several government research funding agencies in Brazil and other Latin American countries, including CAPES, CNPq and FAPEMIG.

He has also cooperated as a reviewer of many scientific international journals, including Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, Energy, Fuel, Fuel Processing Technology, IMechE Journal of Automobile Engineering, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, Tribology International, and others.

His research interests lie in the fields of automotive engineering and power generation, and his research experience is primarily on internal combustion engines, pollutant and CO2 emissions, fuel conversion efficiency, biofuels and alternative fuels, including ethanol, biodiesel, hydrogen and natural gas, hybrid and electric vehicles. To date, he has authored/co-authored 62 articles published in scientific journals, 1 book, 13 book sections, 118 articles published in international conference proceedings and 1 patent applied.

He has supervised to completion 7 PhD students and 27 MSc students. He has coordinated cooperative research and innovation projects with industry partners including FIAT-Chrysler automobile manufacturer, PETROBRAS oil company, CEMIG electric utility company, VALE mining company, FORD motor company and STIHL handheld power equipment.

• PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Manchester (UMIST), 1995

• MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, 1991

• BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Federal Fluminense University, 1987

• 2018 – date: Reader, Aston University

• 2016 – 2018: Associate Professor, Birmingham City University

• 1997 – 2016: Associate Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais

  • ME4504 Sustainable Energy – Module Leader
  • ME1502 CDIO Project – Module Tutor
  • Biofuels
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Electric vehicles
  • Renewable Energy
  • Heat Recovery Systems

2014 - 2018 Evaluation of the use of ethanol as fuel for diesel engines. Project n. 304114/2013-8. Sponsor: CNPq. Total: £ 26,308

2015 - 2017 Investigation of different techniques of use of ethanol as fuel for diesel engines. Project n. TEC PPM 0385-15. Sponsor: FAPEMIG. Total: £ 6,265

2010 - 2016 Installation of transient dynamometer and legislated and non-legislated pollutant emissions measurement system for fuel development. Project n. 0050.0049780.09.9. Sponsor: PETROBRAS. Total: £ 2,094,197

2012 - 2015 Development of methodology for analysis of the impacts of integration electric vehicles to the distribution grid. Project n. ANEEL/CEMIG D425. Sponsor: CEMIG Distribution. Total: £ 213,148

2013 - 2015 Energy generation using diesel engines fuelled with ethanol, hydrogen and diesel oil. Project n. TEC PPM 0136-13. Sponsor: FAPEMIG. Total: £ 12,534

2010 - 2014 Advances on the energy conversion efficiency of internal combustion engines fuelled with ethanol. Project n. TEC RDP 00198-10. Sponsors: VALE and FAPEMIG. Total: £ 480,552

2010 - 2013 Development of a hydrogen fuel system for stationary internal combustion engine. Project n. ANEEL/CEMIG GT 292. Sponsor: CEMIG Generation and Transmission. Total: £ 274,011

2011 - 2013 Energy production using diesel engines fuelled with ethanol and hydrogen. Project n. TEC PPM 0009-11. Sponsor: FAPEMIG. Total: £ 12,534

2011 - 2013 Gas analysers maintenance. Project n. TEC APQ 0014-11. Sponsor: FAPEMIG. Total: £ 18,279

2010 - 2014 Evaluation of the use of hydrogen as fuel for diesel engines. Project n. 304593/2010-9. Sponsor: CNPq. Total: £ 12,534

2009 ­- 2011 Determination of Henry’s constant and diffusion coefficient of alcohol or gasoline in lubricating oils. Project n. 552121/2009-6. Sponsor: CNPq. Total: £ 7,520

2007 - 2009 Carbon emissions from diesel power generator operating with biodiesel. Project n. 470602/2006-6. Sponsor: CNPq. Total: £ 13,056

2007 - 2010 Detailed analysis of emissions and performance of engines operating with blends of biodiesel. Project n. 309130/2006-9. Sponsor: CNPq. Total: £ 8,460

2005 - 2007 Analysis of emissions and performance of diesel engines operating with biofuels. Project n. 478953/2004-6. Sponsor: CNPq. Total: £ 10,445

2005 - 2008 Influence of the fuel system on emissions from natural gas fuelled engines. Project n. 505131/2004-8. Sponsor: CNPq. Total: £ 12,951

2004 - 2004 Cooperative research network on internal combustion engines, fuels and emissions. Project n. 401197/2004-2. Sponsor: CNPq. Total: £ 3,264

2004 - 2006 Hydrocarbon emissions due to the fuel absorption/desorption phenomena in the oil film. Project n. TEC 183/04. Sponsor: FAPEMIG. Total: £ 7,834

2004 - 2006 Emissions and performance of engines using aged gasoline: Experiments and simulation. Project n. TEC 566/03. Sponsor: FAPEMIG. Total: £ 7,834

2003 - 2006 Numerical modelling of the formation of oxides of nitrogen and carbon monoxide emissions in internal combustion engines. Project n. 309130/2006-9. Sponsor: CNPq. Total: £ 10,027

2003 - 2007 Aldehyde emissions from engines fuelled by alcohol: formation, modelling and influence of operating parameters. Project n. TEC 462/2002. Sponsor: FAPEMIG. Total: £ 20,890

2002 - 2003 Effects of aging gasoline on the performance and emissions from engines. Project n. 460266/01-2. Sponsor: CNPq. Total: £ 7,834

2002 - 2004 Effects of intake valve open phasing on the volumetric efficiency of engines. Project n. 479842/01-9. Sponsor: CNPq. Total: £ 13,055

2001 - 2003 Simulation and experimental validation of emissions from internal combustion engines. Project n. TEC 1245-98. Sponsor: FAPEMIG. Total: £ 31,649

Teixeira, ACR. Numerical analysis of the insertion of electric vehicles in the taxi fleet of Belo Horizonte. PhD thesis. Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, 2018.

Oliveira, A. Analysis of direct injection of ethanol in a diesel engine adapted for dual fuel operation. PhD thesis. Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, 2018.

Almeida, LQ. Effects of hydrogen addition produced by electrolysis in a vehicle on ethanol consumption and pollutant emissions. PhD thesis. Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, 2017.

Bueno, JPVM. Numerical study of the influence of the injection characteristics of diesel oilbiodiesel-ethanol blends on NOX emissions. PhD thesis. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil, 2016.

Valente, OS. Development of a method for determination of cetane number of biofuel blends using a shock tube. PhD thesis. Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, 2015.

Zarante, PHB. Aldehyde analysis in the exhaust of an engine operating with ethanol. PhD thesis. Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, 2012.

Sales, LCM. Cold start system for flexible fuel engines with heated intake air and injected ethanol. PhD thesis. Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, 2010.

  • 1988– date: Brazilian Regional Council of Engineering and Architecture (CREA)
  • 1996 – 2016: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • 1997 – 2016: Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering (ABCM)

Journal Articles

Noce, T; Silva, RR; Morais, R; Sales, LCM; Hanriot, SM; Sodré, JR. Energy factors for flexible fuel engines and vehicles operating with gasoline-ethanol blends. Transportation Research Part D, 65, pp. 368–374, 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2018.09.002

Teixeira, ACR; Sodré, JR. Impacts of replacement of engine powered vehicles by electric vehicles on energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Transportation Research Part D, 59, pp. 375–384, 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2018.01.004

Plazas-González, M; Guerrero-Fajardo, CA; Sodré, JR. Modelling and simulation of hydrotreating of palm oil components to obtain green diesel. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.02.275

Zarante, PHB; Sodré, JR. Comparison of aldehyde emissions simulation with FTIR measurements in the exhaust of a spark ignition engine fueled by ethanol. Heat and Mass Transfer, 2018. doi: 10.1007/s00231-018-2295-5

Falcão, EAM; Teixeira, ACR; Sodré, JR. Analysis of CO2 emissions and techno-economic feasibility of an electric commercial vehicle. Applied Energy, 193, pp. 297-307, 2017. doi: 10.1016/ j.apenergy.2017.02.050

Teixeira, ACR; Sodré, JR. Simulation of the impacts on carbon dioxide emissions from replacement of a conventional Brazilian taxi fleet by electric vehicles. Energy, 115, pp. 1617 - 1622, 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.energy.2016.07.095

Oliveira, A; Morais, AM; Sodré, JR. Combustion characteristics, performance and emissions from a diesel power generator fuelled by B7-ethanol blends. Fuel Processing Technology, 139, pp. 67-72, 2015. doi: 10.1016/j.fuproc.2015.08.010

Almeida, LQ; Sales, LCM; Sodré, JR. Fuel consumption and emissions from a vehicle operating with ethanol, gasoline and hydrogen produced on-board. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 40, pp. 6988-6994, 2015.

Contreras-Andrade, I; Avella­Moreno, E; Parra-Santiago, J; Guerrero-Fajardo, CA; Sodré, JR. Purification of glycerol from biodiesel production by sequential extraction monitored by 1HNMR. Fuel Processing Technology, 132, pp. 99-104, 2015.

Martins, AA; Rocha, RAD; Sodré, JR. Cold start and full cycle emissions from a flexible fuel vehicle operating with natural gas, ethanol and gasoline. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 17, pp. 94-98, 2014.

Teixeira, ACR; da Silva, DL; Machado Neto, LVB; Diniz, ASAC; Sodré, JR. A review on electric vehicles and their interaction with smart grids: the case of Brazil. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 17, pp. 841-857, 2014.

Morais, AM; Justino, MAM; Valente, OS; Hanriot, SM; Sodré, JR. Hydrogen impacts on performance and CO2 emissions from a diesel power generator. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38, pp. 6857-6864, 2013.

Sales, LCM; Sodré, JR. Cold start emissions of an ethanol-fuelled engine with heated intake air and fuel. Fuel, 95, pp. 122-125, 2012. doi: 10.1016/j.fuel.2011.11.067

Ávila, RNA; Sodré, JR. Physical-chemical properties and thermal behavior of fodder radish crude oil and biodiesel. Industrial Crops and Products, 38, pp. 54-57, 2012. doi: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2012.01.007

Sales, LCM; Sodré, JR. Cold start characteristics of an ethanol-fuelled engine with heated intake air and fuel. Applied Thermal Engineering, 40, pp. 198-201, 2012. doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2012.01.057

Valente, OS; Sodré, JR. Exhaust emissions from a diesel power generator fuelled by waste cooking oil biodiesel. Science of the Total Environment, 431, pp. 57-61, 2012. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.05.025

Randazzo, ML; Sodré, JR. Exhaust emissions from a diesel powered vehicle fuelled by soybean biodiesel blends (B3-B20) with ethanol as an additive (B20E2-B20E5). Fuel, 90, pp. 98-103, 2011. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2010.09.010

Valente, OS; Pasa, VMD; Belchior, CRP; Sodré, JR. Physical-chemical properties of waste cooking oil biodiesel and castor oil biodiesel blends. Fuel, 90, pp. 1700-1702, 2011. doi: 10.1016/j.fuel.2010.10.045

Costa, RC; Sodré, JR. Compression ratio effects on an ethanol/gasoline fuelled engine performance. Applied Thermal Engineering, 31, pp. 278-283, 2011. doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2010.09.007

Randazzo, ML; Sodré, JR. Cold start and fuel consumption of a vehicle fuelled with blends of diesel oil-soybean biodiesel-ethanol. Fuel, 90, pp. 3291-3294, 2011.

Costa, RC; Sodré, JR. Hydrous ethanol vs. gasoline-ethanol blend: Engine performance and emissions. Fuel, 89, pp. 287-293, 2010. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2009.06.017

Manzela, AA; Hanriot, SM; Gómez, LC; Sodré, JR. Using engine exhaust gas as energy source for an absorption refrigeration system. Applied Energy, 87, pp. 1141-1148, 2010. doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2009.07.018

Carvalho, MJS; Seidl, PR; Belchior, CRP; Sodré, JR. Lubricant viscosity and viscosity improver additive effects on diesel fuel economy. Tribology International, 43, pp. 2298-2302, 2010. doi:10.1016/j.triboint.2010.07.014

Valente, OS; Silva, MJ; Pasa, VMD; Belchior, CRP; Sodré, JR. Fuel consumption and emissions from a diesel power generator fuelled with castor oil and soybean biodiesel. Fuel, 89, pp. 3637-3642, 2010. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2010.07.041

Zarante, PHB; Sodré, JR. Evaluating carbon emissions reduction by use of natural gas as engine fuel. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 1, pp. 216 - 220, 2009. doi: 10.1016/j.jngse.2009.11.002

Sodré, JR; Parise, JAR. Fluid flow pressure drop through an annular bed of spheres with wall effects. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 17, pp. 265 - 275, 1998. doi:10.1016/S0894- 1777(97)10022-X

Book and Book Sections

Guerrero-Fajardo, CA; Parra-Santiago, J; Sodré, JR. Use of Oleaginous Materials for Biodiesel Production – Enzymatic Catalysis to Produce Biodiesel as Renewable Energy Source. OmniScriptum GmbH & Co KG, Germany, 2015, 221 p. ISBN 978-3-659-09961-8

Costa, TO; Zarante, PHB; Sodré, JR. Simulation of Aldehyde Formation in Ethanol Fuelled Spark Ignition Engines. In: Engine Processes. Renningen, Germany: Expert Verlag, 2013, pp. 112-122. ISBN 978-3-8169-3222-2

Almeida, VTP; Mendes, LAN; Sodré, JR. Simulation of Emissions from a Hydrogen Fuelled Engine. In: Engine Processes. Renningen, Germany: Expert Verlag, 2013, p. 140-148. ISBN 978-3-8169-3222-2

Valente, OS; Silva, MJ; Ávila, RNA; Vianna, JNS; Sodré, JR. Sustainable Development Aspects of Biodiesel Production and Application in Brazil. In: Sustainable Development and Planning IV. Southampton: WIT Press, 2009, v. 2, pp. 733-742. ISBN 978-1-84564-422-2

Pereira, LVM; Pires, LBM; Pinto, AA; Hanriot, SM; Sodré, JR. Effects of Intake Valves Phase Shift on Engine Air Charge. In: New Powertrain Systems and Components (SP-1902). Warrendale, PA, USA: Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., 2004, pp. 1-8. ISBN 0-7680- 1524-3

Raggi, MVK; Sodré, J R. Improvement of a Model for Calculation of Oxides of Nitrogen Emissions from Spark Ignition Engines. In: SI Engine Experiment and Modeling (SP-1901). Warrendale, PA, USA: Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., 2004, pp. 1-5. ISBN 0-7680- 1523-2

Streva, ER; Sodré, JR; Pereira, LVM; Pasa, VMD. Gasoline-Ethanol Blend Aging Effects on Engine Performance and Exhaust Emissions. In: Gasoline Direct Injection Engine and Spark Ignition Performance (SP-1807).Warrendale, PA, USA: SAE, Inc., 2003, pp. 1-7. ISBN 0- 7680-1325-9

Raggi, MVK; Sodré, JR. Model for Kinetic Formation of CO Emissions in Internal Combustion Engines. In: Spark Ignition and Compression Ignition Engines Modeling 2003 (SP-1803). Warrendale, PA: Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., 2003, pp. 1-5. ISBN 0-7680-1321-6

Sales, LCM; Sodré, JR. Optimized Cold Start Auxiliary System for Emissions Reduction in Ethanol-Fuelled Engines. In: Alternative Fuels 2002 (SP-1725). Warrendale, PA, USA: SAE, Inc., 2002, pp. 51-56. ISBN 0-7680-1094-2

Amaral, RA; Sodré, JR. Aldehyde Emissions from an Ethanol-Fuelled Vehicle as Influenced by Engine Geometric Parameters. In: General Emissions Research and Development (SP-1631). Warrendale, PA, USA: SAE, Inc., 2001, pp. 29-34. ISBN 0-7680-0795-X

Silva, NR; Sodré, JR. Using Additive to Improve Cold Start in Ethanol-Fuelled Vehicles. In: SI Combustion (SP-1517). Warrendale, PA, USA: SAE, Inc., 2000, pp. 203-207. ISBN 0-7680- 0567-1 Sodré, JR. Further Improvements on a HC Emissions Model: Partial Burn Effects. In: SI Engine Modeling (SP-1451). Warrendale, PA, USA: SAE, Inc., 1999, pp. 155-161. ISBN 0- 7680-0383-0

Sodré, JR; Yates, DA. An Improved Model for Spark Ignition Engine Exhaust Hydrocarbons. In: Issues in Emissions Control Technology (SP-1248). Warrendale, PA, USA: SAE, Inc., 1997, pp. 135-152. ISBN 1-56091-960-4 Sodré, JR; Yates, DA. Species and Time-Resolved Measurements of Exhaust Hydrocarbons from a SI Engine. In: Issues in Emissions Control Technology (SP-1248). Warendale, PA, USA: SAE, Inc., 1997, pp. 189-197. ISBN 1-56091-960-4

Events Organized

Sodré, JR; Guerrero-Fajardo, CA; Hanriot, SM; Lapuerta, M. Advances on Biofuels: Materials, Characterization, Processing and Testing Symposium. IMRC 2017 - XXVI International Materials Research Congress, Cancún, Mexico, 20-25 August 2017.

Sodré, JR; Vianna, JNS; Belchior, CRP; Oliveira, ABS. Automotive Engineering Symposium. COBEM 2007 - XI International Congress of Mechanical Engineering, Brasília, DF, Brazil, 5- 9 November 2007.

Sodré, JR. 2005 Seminar of Engines, Fuels and Emissions Technology. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, 8-9 September 2005.

Sodré, JR; Silva, JE; Valle, RM; Barros, JEM; Dutra, EG. 2004 Seminar of Engines, Fuels and Emissions Technology. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, 6-7 December 2005.

Patent

Oliveira, A; Morais, AM; Justino, MAM; Valente, OS; Sodré, JR. Electronic injection system of hydrogen or vehicular natural gas for application in diesel power generator. Brazilian patent INPI BR1020140155902, 24 June 2014.