EngD: Driveline and transmission of the future - sponsored by Ricardo

University of Sheffield

Fully-funded EngD Studentship sponsored by Ricardo and EPSRC

Partners: EPSRC, Ricardo
Start date: please contact centre team on email below
Duration: 4 years
Applications deadline: please contact centre team on email below

Please check eligibility requirements before applying.

Project Description

Ricardo has been working on the concepts for new low-weight automotive gearboxes. Here the EngDs primary research focus will be studying novel material manufacturing processes and design strategies for future driveline and transmission systems that will be directly applied to industry applications through Ricardo.

Initial challenges will focus on designing and manufacturing lightweight gears for automotive gearboxes – Ricardo aim to produces gears that offer a 30% reduction in mass with no penalty in cost, efficiency, Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) or packaging. These gears must also be interchangeable with baseline production gears.

The student will be required to develop manufacturing and machining methods. This will be achieved working closely with colleagues within Ricardo on material choice and design requirements, and undertaking a trade study underpinned by validated process models for optimum process and parameter selection.

Innovative manufacturing techniques will be required to achieve the design requirements at the target unit cost for the automotive sector. The student will explore the machinability and a range of manufacturing techniques for proposed materials, creating process models for the material processing.

About Ricardo

Ricardo is a global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy. The firm was founded by Sir Harry Ricardo in 1915 and still shares his vision for maximising efficiency and eliminating waste. Ricardo now employs over 2700 engineers, scientists and consultants around the world. For more information: www.ricardo.com

Entry requirements and eligibility

Applicants must have, or expect to get, a 1st or good 2:1 degree (or Masters with Merit) in a relevant science or engineering subject such as mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, or physics, and be willing to get involved in hands-on activities. You should be enthusiastic about research with an interest in technology development and innovation in manufacturing.

Due to EPSRC residency requirements, this project is open only to UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least three years immediately preceding the start of the course.

Candidates must also be able show that their English language proficiency is at a level which allows them to successfully complete the EngD. All applicants require an English language qualification, typically a GCSE or an IELTS test (a score of 7 or above is required, with a minimum of 6 in each component).

If in doubt about any aspect of eligibility, please email idc-machining-science@sheffield.ac.uk.

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted online. See the How to Apply section of the IDC website. Please follow the instructions carefully, and ensure that you specify which project you are applying for. Include in your statement why you are interested in the project and how you will contribute.

For an informal discussion, in the first instance please contact the IDC Centre Team at idc-machining-science@sheffield.ac.uk.

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