PhD Studentship - In Vehicle Aerodynamics

Loughborough University

We are recruiting a PhD student to study the area of wheel system aerodynamics in a project running in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover. The successful candidate will join the largest vehicle aerodynamics research group in the UK, working alongside eight other PhD students. The group is recognised as an internationally leading group in the field.

The reduction of aerodynamic drag is recognised in the automotive council roadmap as a major component in the reduction of carbon emissions from road vehicles and is critical in the development of range limited electric vehicles. Changes to emissions and CO2 reporting legislation (World Light-vehicle Test Protocol, WLTP) will increase the importance of vehicle aerodynamics considerably for vehicle manufacturers making it imperative that better understanding of existing drag reduction methods is developed and that new methods and technologies are developed.  While many of the easier routes to lower aerodynamic drag have already been exploited there are opportunities for further gains in a number of areas if our understanding of the key physics is improved. The focus of this project is to develop that understanding in the area of wheel system aerodynamics and simulation.

Project outline: Wheel system aerodynamics.

The wheels and their interaction with the wheel arch, side body and underbody are significant contributors to the overall vehicle drag. This PhD programme will investigate this contribution, including; wheel windage losses, the effects of deformable tyres and wheel and wheel arch geometry. The project will be primarily computational but there will be opportunities to undertake experimental work to produce validation data if required.

The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with the Industrial partner and to make presentations at review meetings and workshops. They will also be encouraged to undertake short placements with the industrial partner and to travel to International conferences and seminars.

Applications are open to EU and UK nationals. Candidates must be expecting, or have already obtained, a first degree (1st class, 2:1 honours or equivalent) in engineering, physics or mathematical sciences. Good communication skills are essential.

The preferred starting date for the projects is April 2017 although we will consider later starts for exceptional candidates. The package includes all funding for tuition fees plus a stipend of £16,000 per annum tax free for 3 years.  The project all also has generous funding for computers, lab equipment and travel, including attendance at international conferences.

To apply, please complete the online application using the following link: Under programme name please select ‘Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering’

For an informal chat about the opportunities and for further information you are welcome to contact Prof Gary Page Tel +44 (0)1509 227205.

Details of the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering can be found at:

Closing date: 16th December 2016

Please quote reference: AAE-GP-1615

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