Hybrid Power Systems â PhD Studentship
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||£9,000 per annum|
|Placed on:||23rd August 2016|
|Expires:||23rd November 2016|
Application Deadline: ongoing
Start Date: ASAP
Duration of award: 3 years
Supervisors: Prof Tsourdos and Dr Savvaris
The studentship is for three years and provides payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£9,000 per annum) plus a £14,300 per annum contribution to living expenses.
Funded PhD studentship is available within the Autonomous and CyberPhysical Systems centre in the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK.
Project Description: The project will build on a recent seed fund project awarded by the UK Space Agency which will use hybrid power technology (thermoelectric generators, fuel cells) for satellite power systems and on Fuel Cell power architectures funded by the UK MoD/DSTL (Autonomous Systems Underpinning Research - ASUR).
The Project will use game changing technology, as its project goals are: (i) to develop a new hybrid power architecture based on innovative fuel cells/thermoelectric generators for civil aerospace and more specifically for the aircraft industry (ii) support the development of low cost, innovative thermoelectric generators as a complimentary game changing power solution which can revolutionise the aerospace industry sector (iii) demonstrate the use of solid state hydrogen storage in fuel cells for powering aerospace vehicles.
The proposed fuel cells/thermoelectric generator technology to be used have been developed to a prototype stage for the renewable energy sector and will be adapted for use on aircraft of different size in order to create a direct economic benefit by increasing fuel efficiency, reducing carbon emissions and make the UK civil aerospace sector more competitive.
The project will focus on developing a novel hybrid electric system to complement existing power systems in air passenger aircraft using fuel cells/thermoelectric generator technology to reduce the use of fossil fuels and make air passenger aircraft more efficient, environmental compatible and more ‘electric’ driving costs down. A thermoelectric device or generator (TEG) converts thermal energy to electrical energy by using an array of thermocouples. Since a thermoelectric device has no moving parts, it is reliable and can generate electricity for many years. TEG’s have been used on space probes for long duration power provision (radioisotope thermal generators) and are making their development has been accelerated in the automotive and renewable energy industries as advances in semiconductor technology have led to the substantial improvement of their efficiency.
We are looking for a UK national student (or a European resident in the UK for last three years) only. For this research studentship, we are seeking a talented graduate, having (or be expected to obtain) at least an upper second class honours degree (first class honours preferred), MSc or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Aerospace or Computer Science. Good mathematical background and experience with Matlab/Simulink, C++ and real time implementations and programming would be most desirable.
*We are looking for a UK national student (or a European resident in the UK for last three years) only. The studentship is for three years and provides payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£9,000 per annum) plus a £14,300 per annum contribution to living expenses
How to apply:
To apply send a CV and a covering letter by email to: Ms Serena Slattery (Atten. Dr Savvaris/Prof Tsourdos), firstname.lastname@example.org
T: 44 (0)1234 758008
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