PhD Studentship - Tribo-dynamics of Bearings for Electric and Hybrid-Electric Vehicles’ Powertrains

Loughborough University

Application details:

Start date: 1st October 2018

Closing date: 9th March 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr Mahdi Mohammadpour

Secondary supervisor: Professor Colin Garner

Intro (standard):

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

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:

Electric vehicles (EVs) are seen as one of the main contributors to the 2DS (2℃ Decarbonisation Scenario) by the International Energy Agency (IEA) as transport currently accounts for 23% of Green House Gases.

The recent boom in utilising both pure electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) has revealed knowledge gaps in already established knowledge and technologies. This is due to significantly different working conditions such as high rotational speeds as well as new underlying physics including magneto-mechanical interactions. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) refinement as well as component level durability and efficiency are major challenges in the success of EV and HEVs and their acceptance. New scientific research is essential to explore underlying physics of NVH, durability and efficiency of EVs and HEVs and to ensure optimum performance when operating over a wide range of conditions.

Critical components affecting abovementioned EVs and HEVs goals are the bearings. The aim of this project is to develop novel experimentally validated component and system level models for EV and HEV applications. The models should take into account various underlying physics affecting the bearing behaviour including dynamics, tribology, structural and thermal effects.

The successful candidate will join the university’s world renowned Powertrain Group and work closely with drivetrain and electrification analysis and development experts at AVL as the industrial collaborator.

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Further information can be obtained from Dr. Mahdi Mohammadpour, email:

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in mechanical, automotive or aerospace engineering, physics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Tribology and Dynamic simulation and experimentation

Funding information:

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a (provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

Contact details:

Name: Dr Mahdi Mohammadpour

Email address:

Telephone number: 0044(0)7549413791

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS23

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