PhD Studentship: Analysis for the Computer Aided Design of Advanced Automotive Exhaust Systems

Loughborough University

Start date: Oct 2017/ Jan 2018

Supervisors: Paul King and Dr. Nick Morris

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) refinement and enhanced efficiency and durability are three main design objectives in modern automotive engineering. Manufacturers of high end and performance vehicles are also concerned with the quality of the sound generated with respect to customer perception.

For exhaust system applications, it is required to undertake a multi-physics approach comprising Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for thermal and modal structural analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Acoustic coupling.  The integrated end-result is intended to provide a novel approach to the Computer Aided Engineering of high performance exhaust systems to provide a fully engineered solution.  This will be validated in conjunction with the companies test facilities and existing data.

Current research within the company and elsewhere has led to a considerable empirical knowledge of these exhaust systems but without the ability to integrate this into a validated CAE process. 

This is a comprehensive approach and a unique opportunity to work with RedArch Manufacturing Ltd.; a manufacturer of advanced exhaust systems for high performance vehicles for large European Automotive Manufacturers. RedArch was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2016 for sustained and exceptional export growth.

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Applicants should have:

  • First class or good upper second-class degree in mechanical /automotive engineering.
  • The applicant will join a large, well established research group and will require good inter-personal and networking skills for interactions with industrial partners.
  • Have an understanding and experience of Fluid Mechanics and Structural Dynamics.
  • Experience of Numerical Analysis and FEA/CFD software is desirable
  • Aptitude for experimentation in addition to CAE, CFD and FEA skills.

Funding information:

This is an open call for EU/UK candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. This project is funded partly by Industrial Partners Red Arch  Manufacturing. They will fund 50% of the tuition fees at the EU/UK rate (£2,097 p.a) and contribute £7,276 p.a towards a tax-free stipend.

If you do not have funding you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Please note that up to 4 studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants to this project and/or the following projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: NM180717, LZ190717, CL270717, PK200717, RM280717, TB281707 & SM280717.

Please note, due to funding restrictions, Institutional funding is only open to EU/UK fee status candidates. If awarded, this studentship will cover the remaining 50% of the tuition fees at the EU/UK rate (£2,097 p.a) and contribute £7,276 towards the tax-free stipend.

Contact details:

Informal enquires should be made to Paul King, email: or Dr. Nick Morris, e-mail

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Please quote the reference PK200717 on all correspondence and especially on the application form. Please ensure that you select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’ under ‘Programme Name’ on the application form.

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