Research Assistant and PhD in Engine Modelling

Oxford Brookes University - Engine Modelling Team

The Engine Modelling Team at Oxford Brookes University is part of a large multi-partner engine development project led by Ford Motor Company – APC6 DynAMO (Dynamic Analysis Modelling and Optimisation of GDI engines). The £22M project will deliver the next generation of Gasoline Direct Injection engines, optimised for reduced fuel consumption and reduced noxious emissions. The involvement of Oxford Brookes will be in the area of engine modelling and Particulate Matter formation and emissions.

The current powertrain development process focuses on engineering and validating individual engine systems in isolation and relies on a time intensive sequential process. This approach does not take account of interactions between sub-systems and, as a result, key attributes such as fuel economy do not reach the full potential available within the chosen hardware and controls. This project will develop and apply a new analytical multi-objective, dynamic, optimisation methodology to simultaneously optimise across multiple engine systems, with specific intent to simultaneously reduce CO2 and Particulate Matter emissions. The project also aims to demonstrate a game changing CAE methodology that will substantially improve UK Automotive engineering competitiveness, improving capability, and significantly reducing time to market.

Within the larger R&D project, the Engine Modelling Team at Oxford Brookes will support the engine optimisation exercise through development and application of validated full-cycle models of modern downsized GDI engines, to evaluate the effects of a range of engine calibration controls on in-cylinder soot formation mechanisms, as well as on fuel consumption. The research activities, supported primarily by consortium partners CD-Adapco/Siemens Ford and Loughborough University, aim to deliver improved, exploitable, fundamental knowledge of soot mechanisms taking place during partially-premixed spark ignition combustion.

You will:

  • undertake independent research in engine modelling, relevant to the requirements of the multi-partner APC6 DynAMO project.
  • develop, optimise, validate, and apply CFD and/or 0D/1D simulations of internal combustion engines, including the development of statistical and optimisation techniques for model calibration.
  • process, analyse, and manipulate numerical and experimental engine data as appropriate.
  • plan, develop, and perform research activities, and contribute to the management of tasks relevant to the main DynAMO project.
  • liaise with and support industrial and academic partners; regularly report to project Principal Investigator and external partners.
  • actively contribute to the dissemination activities; conduct literature searches and reviews; assist with the preparation of papers for publication; and prepare and present research findings at industrial meetings and academic conferences.
  • carry out formal teaching and demonstrating activities, as required.
  • undertake other duties as required by the project, e.g requirements of being enrolled as a PhD student.

You should have:

  • a good first degree in Mechanical, Automotive, or Motorsport Engineering, and postgraduate qualifications in a relevant subject.
  • experience as an independent researcher, or postgraduate experience in industry or academia.
  • experience in engine modelling using CFD or other modelling software, or experience using CFD software in another relevant engineering area.
  • knowledge and understanding of internal combustion engines working principles, modern associated technology, pollutants formation, and emission regulations.
  • dissemination and/or technology transfer experience through conference presentations, publications, short course delivery, or reports.

As this role is part-time it will not meet the salary requirements to obtain a certificate of sponsorship.

International applicants from outside the EU will need to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK.

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