PhD Studentship: Magnetic Imaging and Matrix Regularisation Techniques for 3D Current Distribution Problems in Energy Storage Systems

University of Sheffield - Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Applications are invited to undertake doctoral research on non-invasive methods of obtaining the current distribution in electrochemical systems using magnetic imaging. The optimisation of many electrochemical systems is limited by manufacturing constraints, one such area is batteries in automotive and standby applications. Non-invasive methods of determining the current distribution in battery systems is a possible way to provide evidence for and to drive design changes to optimise battery performance in specific applications. Non-invasive techniques are also highly desirable for prognostics systems in which the state of a battery or electrochemical system and its likely future performance is estimated while it is in use.

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Applicants should hold a first degree or master’s level qualification in electronic engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, mathematics or a closely related highly numerate discipline. Prior experience with Maxwell’s equations, inverse problems and matrix regularisation are highly desirable. Prior experience with COMSOL Multiphysics is desirable. Practical experience of wet physical chemistry techniques is desirable as well. Applications from candidates lacking formal qualification but having a body of relevant industrial experience are welcome.

Candidates must possess a very strong mathematical background, be highly self-motivated and possess excellent organisation and time management skills.

This is a self-funded opportunity. The candidate must pay the university fee and be able to support themselves, in the UK for the duration of the research.

A reduced fee is available for Sheffield Alumni. Exceptional candidates may be awarded a further slightly reduced fee.

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