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

Loughborough University

Application details:

Start date: 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.

Find out more:

See http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/meme/pg-research/

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 project is funded partly by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) awarded to Loughborough University, and partly by RedArch Manufacturing Ltd.

Benefits of this DTP-studentship include:

  • A tax-free stipend of £14,553 per annum for 3.5 years. The stipend will increase in line with EPSRC recommended rates.
  • Tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, for up to 3.5 years.
  • A Research Training Support Grant worth at least £1,750 to assist with training over the course of the studentship.
  • Admission to the University as part of a cohort of EPSRC-DTP funded PhD students

Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum residency requirement https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

Contact details:

Informal enquires should be made to Paul King, email: p.d.king@lboro.ac.uk or Dr. Nick Morris, e-mail@ N.J.Morris@lboro.ac.uk

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. 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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