School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

  • Sustainable Vehicle Engineering Centre

    SVEC deals with the current and future challenge facing the whole life of a vehicle and is a unique platform for the entire automotive sector. The Centre investigates the materials, design issues and drivetrain concepts that will allow the development of low mass, low emission, economical vehicles that satisfy functional and safety requirements, whilst being amenable to disassembly and recovery of materials at end-of-life.

    The new SVEC centre at Oxford Brookes University is housed in a multi-million pound building that was completed in 2006.

    Current issues for research concern the disassembly, disposal and the recycling and reuse of materials in the current global vehicle parc. With 60 million vehicles being scrapped to landfill annually and over 950 million vehicles on the roads of the world, future challenges revolve around the very sustainability of the automotive industry, with a focus on legislative drivers, forecasting, education, design and new technologies for future vehicles. Typically, research projects are funded by industry, government and the research councils. Previous large-scale collaborative projects include:

    • Behaviour of bonded joints in aluminium autobody structures
    • Novel composite roof panels and optimised bonded joint geometries
    • Joints in composite structures
    • Emissions and drive cycle analysis