What is your role at Cox Powertrain?
I am an Engineering Analyst here at Cox Powertrain and have a background in fluid and thermal analysis from previous roles. I mainly work on the Oil, Water, and Air Systems for the engine. This involves optimising cooling of the engine and getting the air into the engine. I need to make sure the engine has enough air to breath properly so it works efficiently. I use a variety of modelling techniques and use several 1D and 3D analysis software packages to analyse and work on the different systems.
What first attracted you to Cox Powertrain?
I was looking for a new opportunity when I saw the advert through an agency, I didn’t know it was Cox at first, so initially it was the job description that caught my eye. I had what you could call a ‘shopping list’ for the perfect job, and the job at Cox ticked all the right boxes. When I began researching the company I realised it was a smaller start-up company which was a real bonus and attraction for me. Having come from a large multi-national company, I was looking for something different where I could have more of an impact. Essentially, I wanted more influence over design decisions and the ability to see the effect of my work had on the final product. It’s fascinating to watch the live progress and get feedback on everything that is happening, and relate it directly back to the work I am doing.
Tell me the types of opportunities here at Cox, and what you have experienced personally?
The biggest opportunity for me here at Cox has been the chance to continue learning. I’ve had quite a bit of experience in engineering so it’s great to work somewhere that still has me learning something new each week.
As an analyst at Cox, I get to do things that are usually rare for this job role. For example, I get to take a significant role in the flow testing of certain components, and have more input on design if I wish. Also, as we get the chance to work on so many parts of the engine, I have experienced the opportunity to work directly with a range of other colleagues I may not have somewhere else, for example our test team.
What is your most challenging moment/event up until now?
One of my most challenging moments up till now is a technical challenge I faced quite early on in my career here at Cox. My first job was to look at breathing in the engine, i.e. getting air to the supercharger at a high enough pressure so the engine can perform optimally.
My analysis predicted that originally, the air to the supercharger would have gone above the speed of sound. Which would be very fast, very noisy, and possibly would have melted several components. The challenge was then to find a solution to counteract this, while still fitting in the packaging space.
Whilst I am primarily an analyst, I decided to have a go developing a new design. I designed and analysed a new entrance to the supercharger intake pipe, in a trumpet shape. This design is now a part of the overall engine design and is being taken forward to test on the flow bench, i.e. 3D printing the components to create a prototype to get pressure drop results to validate my CFD models. I am pleased to have had such an impact so early on in my career at Cox.
How has Cox Powertrain changed and developed since you started?
I think the growth in size of the company has been one of the most obvious developments and changes. Cox has grown by more than 50% in less than a year, having to take on a new office to accommodate all the new employees. We are currently split across two locations and waiting to move to the new combined offices and manufacturing site.