Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Ferrari Body in White - Robust Design

Swansea University - Engineering

As part of the design process, the Ferrari Body in White (BIW) team, in collaboration with Altair Product Design UK, have developed a light weight architecture, through linear optimization (topology, topometry, etc.), suitable for front engine GT cars. The chassis is completely delivered with all necessary physical tests, close to the start of production.

Starting from an established design solution, close to the start of production, the aim of this project is to investigate the following aspects through multi-disciplinary design optimization (MDO) or other relevant techniques.

During the construction of the BIW structure, components are manufactured to within specified tolerances. However, they can and will have dimensional and possibly property related variations. In order to have a robust design solution, the effect of these variations on the performance of the BIW architecture in various load cases must be taken into account. This requires exploration and identification of the most important variables (component, assembly and test set-up tolerances) that influence the structural attributes in view to increase the stability/robustness of the design and improve the overall design.

The student will have to identify and agree with Ferrari the most important load-cases to be used in the robustness study and as part of the project, the student would be expected to spend time in Ferrari. The student will also have the opportunity to run complex finite element analyses in a high performance computing (HPC) environment and work with one of the industry leaders in optimisation and light-weighting (Altair UK).

The result of these activities will be a package of technical solutions that will be applied and validated by the student. 

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Academic Requirements:

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.

The ideal candidate would be a motivated and knowledgeable MSc programme student with experience in CAE and who is interested to start a research project focused on automotive BIW design activities which could potentially evolve into an EngD programme.

It is recommended that the student is interested to learn and enhance their knowledge in the Italian language despite Ferrari and the University of Modena having international backgrounds.

Residency Criteria:

Our funders require applicants to also meet the following eligibility criteria:

You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.

You must be resident in West Wales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.

You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.

Funding Details

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 p.a.

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