Ford Motor Company PhD Studentship: Automotive Drivetrain Optimisation

Loughborough University - Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering

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 understand undesired NVH phenomena through analysis of drivetrain clutch dynamics and frictional behaviour. It is envisaged the approach will produce pertinent design solutions through generating fundamental understanding. 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 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.

The proposed start date is January 2017 (an earlier start could be arranged). The studentship is for three years and provides a tax free stipend of £14,296 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  Exceptional International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee.

How to Apply
Applications should be made online at: Under programme name, please select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Applicants seeking additional information are invited to contact:

Prof. Theodossiades:

Dr. Morris

More information regarding the research group and department can be found at:

Please quote the reference STF100517on all correspondence and on the application form.

The closing date for applications for this studentship is 14th November 2016.

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