PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering: All Superconducting Network for Hybrid Electric Aircraft

University of Bath - Centre for Sustainable Power Distribution

Supervisor name: Weijia Yuan

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Overview of the research

In order to achieve a low carbon future, the aviation technology has to be dramatically changed. Hybrid Electric Aircraft offers a transforming solution to reduce carbon emissions and improve efficiency. Due to the constraint of space and weight in aircraft, superconducting cables and machines offer a very promising compact solution to provide the power needed in an aircraft environment.

This project aims to study challenges and designs of an all superconducting network up to 10MW for hybrid electric aircraft. Key design parameters including cooling system, size of machines and cables will be optimised. A small scale laboratory prototype network including superconducting cables and machines will be built to validate the design and optimisation methodology.

A Home/EU award will provide full tuition fees, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, and a tax-free maintenance payment of £14,553 (2017-8 rate) for up to 3.5 years.

An Overseas award (3 years): Provides tuition fee, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, but no stipend.

The successful applicant will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent).

Preferred start date: 1st  October 2018.

Application Deadline: 16th March 2018.

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