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Dr Daniel Pugh

Dr Daniel Pugh

Research Associate

School of Engineering

+44 (0)29 2087 5931
Available for postgraduate supervision


Lecturing in the field of Fluid Dynamics, my primary research area is the characterisation of alternative fuel sources for power generation.

Within Cardiff’s Centre for Research into Energy, Waste and the Environment,  my work encompasses fundamental aspects of combustion within energy systems and reducing the production of harmful emissions. I have contributed to projects funded by EPSRC, Innovate UK, WEFO, and BEIS, working closely in collaboration with industrial partners. I also contribute towards the continued development of experimental facilities at Cardiff’s Gas Turbine Research Centre, employing advanced diagnostic methods to conduct leading research.

Energy and Environment


I was intially employed as a Research Assistant following the completion of undergraduate work undertaken for my Integrated Engineering degree. The project required the characterisation of ferrous oxidation rates, in particular the demonstration and measurement of an autocatalytic influence within colloidal ferric solutions. The study was well received and led to the application and procurement of additional funding and further research preceding the completion of my Master’s degree.

I subsequently applied to undertake doctoral research on an EPSRC funded project in partnership with Tata Steel; monitoring/optimising on-site energy generation and usage. My remit within the multidisciplinary team was the study of gases indigenous to the integrated steel-making process, leading to research in the field of fundamental and applied combustion. At this time, I began to work with Master’s and Undergraduate students on their projects; developing an understanding of the reaction kinetics associated with flame propagation and employing alternative fuels. Results allowed for a detailed understanding of combustion behaviour in relation to reducing operational instability within practical industrial systems.

After attaining my PhD, I took the position of Research Associate at the School of Engineering’s Gas Turbine Research Centre investigating aspects of fundamental and applied combustion. The role required the operation and design of experimental facilities and test programmes that contributed towards both collaborative projects funded by external bodies, and my own novel research. The large-scale experimental facility requires effective teamwork as complex diagnostic tools and equipment are often employed under significant pressure, with limited fuel supplies and time available.  I have contributed to projects awarded from multiple funding bodies including EPSRC, Technology Strategy Board (Innovate UK) and the EU, collaborating with leading industrial partners.Contemorary work has focussed on fundamental and applied combustion. Studied aspects include: Swirling and counterflow flames at elevated conditions for gas turbine applications, alternative zero-carbon and bio-derived fuels, staged/diffusion flames, harmful emissions reduction, laminar and turbulent flame propagation, and chemical kinetics with the validation and development of reaction mechanisms.

Professional memberships

Member of the British Section of the Combustion Institute













Supervised Students



The application of NH3 as a clean, alternative energy vector.

Fundametal influences of Lewis number on fuel behaviour

Current supervision

Sally Hewlett

Research student

Seif-Eddine Zitouni

Research student