Dr Davide Domenico Sciortino

BEng, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics


Davide Domenico Sciortino is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics and Research Fellow in Future of Transport. He is completing a PhD in multiphase analysis of fuel sprays for engine applications using CFD tools and he is involved in battery thermal characterisations within the HVES group.

Davide obtained a BEng in Mechanical Engineering in Italy followed by a Research Scholarship to complete an MSc by Research in advanced propulsions from OBU. He continued at OBU as Associate Lecturer and Research Assistant within the Engine Modelling Team where he conducted CFD analysis of combustion engines in collaboration with Ford Motor Company.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Automotive Engine, Year 1 Master Engineering
  • Basic Thermodynamics, Year 1 Engineering
  • Engine Technology II, Foundation Year Engineering
  • Engineering Mathematics and Modelling I, Year 1 Engineering
  • Problem Solving and Programming, Year 1 Computing
  • Sensors, Actuators, Programming and Micro-controllers, Year 1 Engineering
  • Thermal Systems, Year 2 Engineering
  • Thermo-Fluids, Year 2 Engineering

Davide has several years of teaching experience and he is involved with modules related to thermodynamics, programming languages and mathematics. He supports and inspires students by creating teaching material that has a strong industrial relevance. In parallel, Davide supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate students with projects related to thermodynamics, CFD analysis and engineering design for automotive/motorsport applications. Davide actively shares with students his experience and knowledge on collaborating with world-leader automotive companies.


Davide’s research focus is on the thermodynamic aspect of advanced propulsion systems aiming for efficiency optimisation. The multi-disciplinary nature of his projects ranges from alternative fuel spray and combustion analysis to battery thermal characterisation for EVs. He has more than 5 years of experience with engine testing and CFD modelling in combination with High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters. This leads him to establish a fruitful collaborative network, with both industrial and academia partners, within the field of automotive R&D.

As a member of the HVES group, his aim is to design and optimise innovative battery cooling systems combing advanced experimental testing and CFD techniques.

Funded projects:

  • Co-Investigator for the H2 Internal Combustion Engine for Light Commercial Vehicles (H2ICE), led by Ford Motor Company, 2022-2024, funded by UKRI; funding amount received by OBU: £250,000
  • Principal Investigator for the Ammonia Combustion Engine (ACE), 2021-2022, funded by APC UK, funding amount received by OBU: £22,000
  • Research Assistant for the DYNamic Analysis Modelling and Optimisation of GDI Engines (DYNAMO), led by Ford Motor Company, 2017-2021, funded by APC UK; funding amount received by OBU: £1.35 million


Projects as Co-investigator

  • H2 ICE (led by Ford)(22/02/2022 - 21/02/2024), funded by: Technology Strategy Board (Innovate UK), funding amount received by Brookes: £252,759, funded by: Technology Strategy Board (Innovate UK)


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