Dr Robert Camilleri

Dr Robert Camilleri

Dr Robert Camilleri

 B.Eng.(Hons)(Melit.),M.Sc.(Cran.),D.Phil.(Oxon.)

Senior Lecturer

Room 330
Faculty of Engineering
Msida
  +356 2340 3140
Dr Robert Camilleri is an academic within the Institute of Aerospace Technologies at the University of Malta.

Robert graduated with a DPhil in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. His DPhil thesis focuses on thermal management of high current density electrical machines. He holds a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Malta and a Master’s degree in Thermal Power (Gas Turbine Technology) from Cranfield University.

Robert is involved both in teaching and research. In teaching, he delivers study units on aircraft performance, aircraft design and aircraft powerplants. In research, he has attracted over Euro 1.2M in research funding on topics of flight data analysis, electrical machine design, and energy recovery and storage solutions and lithium Ion batteries, for which he acts as Principal Investigator. His interests include aircraft performance, aircraft propulsion, more electric aircraft and thermal management of electrical machines, electronics and battery technology.

Robert has over ten years experience working within an R&D environment in industry and academia. His research output includes over 20 publications in journals and peer reviewed conferences, technical and industrial documents and patent applications.
  • Aircraft performance
  • Gas turbine technology
  • More electric aircraft
  • Heat Exchanger Technology
  • Electrical machine design
  • Thermal management of electrical machines, electronics and battery technology

BARILARO, L., FALSETTI, C., OLIVIERI, L., GIACOMUZZO, C., FRANCESCONI, A., BEARD, P. and CAMILLERI, R., 2021. A Conceptual study to characterize properties of space debris from hypervelocity impact through Thin Film Heat Flux Gauges, IEEE Int. Workshop on Metrology for Aerospace 2021, June 23-25 2021.

BATRA, A. and CAMILLERI, R., 2021. Assessing the environmental impact of aircraft taxiing technologies and strategies, 32nd Congress of the int. Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS2020), Shangai, China, Sept. 6-10 2021.

CAMILLERI, R. and MCCULLOCH, M.D., 2021. Assessing the temperature and current density of flat winding coils for concentrated windings within a segmented stator machine. IEEE Ind. Applications, 57(3), pp. 2440-2448.

CAMILLERI, R. and MCCULLOCH, M.D., 2021. Integrating a heat sink into concentrated wound coils to improve the current density of an axial flux, direct liquid cooled electrical machine with segmented stator, Energies, 14(12),.

CAMILLERI, R., 2020. Experimental investigation of the thermal parameters for modelling non-infiltrated, concentrated windings, Power Electronics Machines and Drives, (PEMD2020), Nottingham, UK, 21-23 April, 2020 2020.

KUMAR JASRA, S., VALENTINO, G., MUSCAT, A. and CAMILLERI, R., Evaluation of Flight Parameters During Approach Phase by Applying Principal Component Analysis, AIAA SciTech Forum, USA, Orlando, Florida, January 6-10, 2020.

CAMILLERI, R., CFD Modelling and experimental calibration of concentrated winding in a direct oil cooled segmented stator, The 16th UK Heat transfer Conference (UKHTC2019), Nottingham, UK, 8-10 Sept., 2019.

SAWANI, M. and CAMILLERI, R., Predicting the temperature distribution in a lithium ion battery cell with different cooling strategies, 16th UK Heat Transfer Conference, UKHTC2019, 8-10 Sept., 2019.

CAMILLERI, R., and MCCULLOCH, M.D., A new flat winding construction for direct liquid cooled axial flux machine with segmented stators, Int. Conf. on Electr. Mach. (ICEM 2018), Alexandruopoli, Greece, 3-6 Sept., 2018.

CAMILLERI, R., BEARD, P., HOWEY, D.A. and MCCULLOCH, M.D., 2018. Prediction and measurement of the heat transfer coefficient in a direct oil-cooled electrical machine with segmented stator. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 65(1), pp. 94-102.

CAMILLERI, R. and SAWANI, M., Prediction of the Heat Transfer Coefficient in Direct Oil Cooling of Lithium-Ion Batteries, 5th Int. Symp. on Environment-Friendly Energies and Applications (EFEA 2018), Rome, Italy, (In Press), 24-26 Sept. 2018.

KUMAR JASRA, S., GAUCI, J., MUSCAT, A., GUILLAUMIER, K., ZAMMIT-MANGION, D. and CAMILLERI, R., Literature review of machine learning techniques to analyse flight data. Advanced aircraft efficiency in a Global Air Transport System, AEGATS'18, Toulouse, France. (In Press), 23-25 Oct., 2018.

CAMILLERI, R., HOWEY, D.A. and MCCULLOCH, M.D., 2016. Predicting the temperature and flow distribution in a direct oil-cooled electrical machine with segmented stator. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 63(1), pp. 82-91.

CAMILLERI, R., BEARD, P., HOWEY, D.A. and MCCULLOCH, M.D.,  Measuring the Heat Transfer Coefficient in a Direct Oil-Cooled Electrical Machine using Thin Film Heat Flux Gauges, The 14th UK Heat Transfer Conference, UKHTC2015, Edinburgh, Scotland., 7-8 September, 2015.

CAMILLERI, R., HOWEY, D.A. and AND MCCULLOCH, M.D., 2015. Predicting the flow distribution in compact parallel flow heat exchangers. Journal of Applied Thermal Engineering, 90, pp. 551-558.

CAMILLERI, R. and MCCULLOCH, M.D., 2015. Investigation of an Integrated Evaporative Cooling Mechanism for an Outer-Rotor Permanent Magnet Machine. Heat Transfer Engineering, 36(14-15),.

CAMILLERI, R., HOWEY, D.A. and MCCULLOCH, M.D., Experimental investigation of the thermal contact resistance in shrink fit assemblies with relevance to electrical machines. The 7th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives PEMD2014, Manchester, UK., 8-10 April, 2014.

ARMSTRONG, P., WONG, R., KANG, R., CAMILLERI, R., HOWEY, D.A. and MCCULLOCH, M.D., A Reconfigurable PV Array Scheme Integrated into an Electric Vehicle. The 4th Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Conference HEVC2013, London, UK, 6-7 November, 2013.

CAMILLERI, R., ARMSTRONG, P., EWIN, N., RICHARDSON, R., HOWEY, D.A. and MCCULLOCH, M.D., The Value of a Clutch Mechanism in Electric Vehicles, The 27th Electric Vehicle Symposium, EVS27, Barcelona, Spain, 17-20th November, 2013.

CAMILLERI, R. and MCCULLOCH, M.D., Investigating Mechanisms for an Evaporative Cooled AFPM Machine, The 13th UK Heat Transfer Conference, UKHTC2013,Imperial College, London, UK, 2-3rd September, 2013.

CAMILLERI, R., HOWEY, D.A. and MCCULLOCH, M.D., Thermal Limitations in Air-Cooled In-Wheel Motors for Urban Mobility Vehicles
, The IEEE Int. Conf. on Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway and Ship Propulsion (ESARS2012), Bologna, Italy, 16-18th October, 2012.

CAMILLERI, R., WOOLMER, T., COURT, A. and MCCULLOCH, M.D., Investigation into the temperature profile of a liquid cooled YASA AFPM Machine, The 6th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives PEMD2012,Bristol, UK, 27-29th March, 2012.

CAMILLERI, R., OGAJI, S. and PILIDIS, P., July 2011. Applying heat pipes to a novel concept aero engine. PART 2 – Design of a heat pipe heat exchanger for an intercooled-recuperated aero engine. The Aeronautical Journal, 115(1169), pp. 403-410.

CAMILLERI, R., OGAJI, S. and PILIDIS, P., July 2011. Applying heat pipes to a novel concept aero engine. PART 1 – Design of a heat pipe heat exchanger for an intercooled aero engine. The Aeronautical Journal, 115(1169), pp. 393-402.

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Robert has successfully attracted the following funded research projects, which he currently leads:

• Investigating hybrid Turbo-ElectRic AicrafT Engines (ITERATE)
Project duration: 2021-2023
Funding Body: UM TRAKE fund
Project budget: ca. Euro s00k

• REducing AirCraft Taxiing emissIons through energy recoVery and storagE (REACTIVE)
Project duration: 2021-2023
Funding Body: SINO-MALTA Fund
Project budget: ca. Euro 400k; UM share ca. Euro 200k.
In collaboration with University of Nottingham Ningbo China and Shandong University, China

• Analysis of flight data anomalies within a Weather, Geographical and Engineering context (WAGE)
Project duration: 2021-2024
Funding Body: Technology Development Programme - MCST National R&I funds.
Project budget: ca. Euro 200k; UM share ca. Euro 150k.
In collaboration with industrial partner QuAero

• Buoy Eau Air - Multiple drone systems (BEA)
Project duration: 2020-2022
Funding Body: Technology Development Programme - MCST National R&I funds.
Project budget: ca. Euro 200k; UM share ca. Euro 150k.
In collaboration with industrial partner DiversCode

• Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERSair) for a landing Aircraft
Project duration: 2019 - 2021
Funding Body: Technology Development Programme - MCST National R&I funds.
Project budget: ca. Euro 200k; UM share ca. Euro 150k.
In collaboration with industrial partner MEDAVIA Ltd.

Past projects that have been successfully completed include:

• A Calorimetric detection System for Hypervelocity Impacts (CaDetS)
Project duration: 2018
Funding Body: International Partnership Award Scheme (IPAS2018) - MCST National R&I funds.
Project budget: ca. Euro 5k.
In collaboration with University of Oxford and University of Padova.

• Novel Evaporative Cooled (NEVAC) Battery Technology
Project duration: 2017 - 2020
Funding Body: Technology Development Programme – MCST National R&I funds.
Project budget: ca. Euro 200k; UM share ca. Euro 150k.
In collaboration with industrial partner ABERTAX KEMTRONICS LTD.

• SMART Flight Data Monitoring (SMARTFDM)
Project Duration: 2017 - 2020
Funding body: Technology Development Programme - MCST National R&I funds.
Project budget: ca. Euro 200k; UM share ca. Euro 150k.
In collaboration with industrial partner QuAero LTD.

• SMARTCOPTER
project ended 2018
Funding body: Technology Development Programme - MCST National R&I funds.
Project budget: ca. Euro 200k; UM share ca. Euro 75k.
In collaboration with industrial partner Celier Aviation Malta.

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