Ford Motor Company PhD Studentship: Optimisation of Automotive Drivetrain Dynamics and Friction
Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.
In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
The modern automotive drivetrain is required to be highly efficient and durable while limiting Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) issues. The complex trade off these design objectives requires a multi-disciplinary approach. The main focus of the study is to provide in-depth understanding of the interactions between nonlinear dynamics and friction when analysing drivetrain clutch behaviour. It is envisaged the approach will produce pertinent design recommendations through generating fundamental scientific evidence. A close working relationship with FORD Motor Company Development Engineering is expected and in-vehicle data capture, evaluation and analysis will be required.
The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University, has outstanding research facilities for powertrain engineering. The Dynamics Research Group is engaged in numerous activities, being widely known for their contributions in numerical and experimental research applied to powertrains, tribodynamics of automotive systems, efficiency and Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH).
The proposed starting date is 1st April 2017 (an earlier start could be arranged).
The studentship is generally open to UK/EU students but applications from exceptionally talented overseas candidates will also be considered. The studentship is for 3 years and will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,296 per annum (the exact amount depends on the fee status and experience). Applicants with UK/EU fee status would also have their tuition fees covered for this 3 year period.
The candidates must be expecting, or have already obtained a first degree (1st class or high 2:1 honours or equivalent) in mechanical engineering, physics or other relevant subject. Good communication skills are essential.
Dr. Morris N.J.Morris@lboro.ac.uk
Prof. Theodossiades: S.Theodossiades@lboro.ac.uk
How to apply:
All applications should be made online at the official website. Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’.
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