About Powertrain systems and fuels group

Powertrain Systems and Fuels Group represents our members who have an interest in internal combustion engine systems and associated technologies.

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Who we are

These systems can range from high-speed race engines and passenger car and commercial vehicle engines to medium- and slow-speed diesel engines used in rail traction, power generation and marine industries.

The primary interest is in engine-system design to improve performance, emissions and durability to achieve the efficiency aspirations and environmental regulations.

Our mission

Our mission is to promote affordable, low carbon and clean transport propulsion systems

  • To encourage consistent, evidence-based policy development comprising
    • Life-cycle greenhouse gas analysis
    • Minimise environmental impact
      • Toxic by-products of manufacturing recycling, disposal, re-use
      • Tailpipe emissions to have no impact on air quality
    • Minimising societal and individual cost


Industries or disciplines covered

Related technologies include:

  • new materials
  • alternative fuels
  • injection systems
  • combustion chamber optimisation
  • pressure charging systems
  • air management
  • engine management systems
  • electrification
  • hybrid systems.

What we do

  • Deliver international conferences and seminars to disseminate information on current trends and emerging technologies
  • Promote the education, training and continuing professional development of engineers
  • Develop and enhance the interaction with industry, academia and Government bodies
  • Promote membership and professional registration to engineers working in this field
  • Collaborate with other engineering institutions and technical organisations
  • Develop and maintain the network of engineers working in internal combustion.


  • Organise and promote a technical activity programme based on the customer's perceived needs of education, dissemination of information and technology transfer
  • Promote and discuss emerging technologies pertinent to the committee's sphere of activity
  • Promote the education, training and continuing professional development of engineers
  • Promote the status of both the Chartered Engineer and the membership of Institution as the premier level of validated competence
  • Develop greater collaboration with other engineering institutions and technical organisations
  • Promote the Institution as the body of influence within the UK, and to develop and enhance the interaction between the Group and industry, academia and Government bodies
  • Develop and maintain a greater liaison and feedback with the combustion engines membership of Institution.

Get in touch

If you have a question or would like to get involved, contact our Governance and Engagement team.

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