PhD Studentship: Thermal Management of Energy Storage

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park

Supervised by Dr Carol Eastwick, Prof Alasdair Cairns, Dr Peter Connor

Energy Research Accelerator

The Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) is a cross-disciplinary energy hub, fostering business-academia collaboration to accelerate solutions to global energy challenges. It will provide new buildings, skilled people, jobs products and services to transform the energy sector. Building on existing programmes and academic expertise across the partnership, universities within ERA have committed over £2m for doctoral students for the ERA skills agenda. Through Innovate UK, the government has committed a capital investment of £60m, and ERA has secured private sector co-investment of £120m. ERA's priorities of Geo-Energy Systems, Integrated Energy Systems and Thermal Energy will help deliver new technologies and behaviours, enabling ERA to have a transformative effect across the energy spectrum.

ERA is a key programme within Midlands Innovation - a consortium of research intensive universities that harnesses the Midlands' combined research excellence and industry expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the UK.

The Project

Translating Novel Thermal Management Tools from Aerospace to Home

Novel cooling and thermal management approaches have been successfully used for Aerospace and land based generators that have afforded increases in power density, improved reliability and lengthened life. This PhD would investigate moving these approaches (multi-physics modelling and experimental studies) to applications in home and automotive based energy storage, as well as the use of waste heat for heating applications, to ensure a holistic system wide based integration of heat management. Combining conjugate Computational Fluid Dynamics (heat & fluid flow), Electrical analysis and Electromagnetic Finite Element Analysis approaches enables combined multi-physics design analysis of a system. Integrating new materials and cooling approaches will also be a key aspect of this PhD, looking at the potential of electrical insulation systems to integrate heat paths such that the charge time for batteries can be reduced, the risk of batteries overheating can be reduced and the waste heat utilised. 

Summary: UK/EU students - Tuition Fees paid, and full Stipend at the RCUK rate, which is £14,777 per annum for 2018/19. The scholarship length will be 3.5 years and the successful applicant will be part of the Energy Research Accelerator at the University of Nottingham (

Entry Requirements: Starting October 2018, we require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class degree in Mechanical, Power or Electro-Mechanical Engineering or a relevant discipline, preferably at Masters level, or an equivalent overseas degree (in exceptional circumstances a 2:1 degree can be considered). 

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For any enquiries please email Carol Eastwick (

This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.

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