PhD Studentship: Intelligent Fault Diagnosis and Prognosis Solution for Rotating Machinery

Cranfield University

Funding for: Self-funded Students

Duration of study: Full Time- three years fixed term

Start date: October 2016 (ideally, or as soon as possible)

Application deadline : Ongoing until a suitable candidate is identified

Supervisors: Dr Zakwan Skaf and Prof Ian Jennions

Project information

Rotating machinery has a fundamental role in many industries. Therefore, there is a need for a Condition-based maintenance (CBM) which holds the promise of predicting machinery maintenance requirements based on process performance measurements. Diagnostics and Prognostics are essential parts of CBM. Therefore, diagnostics and prognostics of rotating machinery can help to reduce machine downtime and cost. Many techniques such as vibration analysis, current signature analysis, acoustic emission analysis, wear and oil analysis,…,etc. have been used, through condition monitoring of the rotating machinery, to diagnose and prognosis  different faults such as, bearing, crack shaft, gearbox, belt drive, reciprocating mechanism, mechanical rub, induction motor, pump, compressor, and fan.

This PhD project will focus on developing, evaluating, and demonstrating an intelligent solution of diagnosis and prognosis for rotating machinery to enhance safety, reliability, maintainability and readiness. A comprehensive test-bed for in-depth studies will be used for experiments for demonstration and evaluation.

The student will have the opportunity to work with experts in the prognostics and condition monitoring field, as well as being part of our strong and dynamic research centre at Cranfield University.

About the host University/Centre

The Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre is a major collaborative venture at Cranfield, started in 2008, with funding from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA); a consortium of core industrial partners, (Boeing, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Meggitt, Thales, MOD and Alstom); and from EPSRC. The investment, over the first 5 years of operation, was approaching £10M. We are now in our eighth year of operation and the Centre has grown into other sectors (rail, energy, health and agriculture), and is financially self-sustaining; many of the partners (and others) are funding Applied Research projects and there is a growing revenue from EPSRC, TSB and EU funded work

Entry requirements:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area (e.g. aerospace, automotive, mechanical, electrical, chemical, computing, and manufacturing) with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study.
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 6.5).

Also, the candidate is expected to:

  • Have excellent analytical, reporting and communication skills
  • Be self-motivated, independent and team player
  • Be genuine enthusiasm for the subject and technology
  • Have the willing to publish research findings in international journals 


This studentship is available to all UK/EU and International students.

How to apply:

Before completing the application documentation please contact Dr Zakwan Skaf for an initial informal discussion about this opportunity. Please include the keyword PhD Studentship-Self Funding in the subject field.

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form

For further information contact us today:
T: 44 (0)1234 758008

For further information contact us today:
T: 44 (0)1234 758008

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