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PhD Studentship: Modelling and Understanding Battery Performance due to Changes in the Manufacturing Processes

University of Warwick

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,553 per annum for 3 years
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 1st August 2018
Closes: 1st November 2018
 

Funding: Funded for UK/EU candidates for 3 years

Supervisors: Dr Dhammika Widanalage and Dr Emma Kendrick

Start Date: 1st October 2018

Project overview

This is a challenging and unique PhD opportunity for a student with a good mathematical background interested in applying the knowledge to a rapidly growing area: battery manufacturing. This growth is driven by the need for transport electrification and UK is strengthening this capability through initiatives such as the Faraday Institution and UK Battery Industrialisation Centre.

Mathematical modelling of batteries is critical, for the success of such initiatives, as they allow advanced energy storage systems to be designed. The modelling approaches are however varied, as batteries are multi-scale and multi-physics devices. In order to predict system level performance therefore requires validated models and reliable parameters, but the model parameters are intrinsically related to the battery materials, which in turn are related to the manufacturing processes involved. How these manufacturing processes affect and relate to the model parameters is not well understood and is an open research problem, which this PhD will address. The research will therefore allow influencing of the manufacturing processes to improve system level performance rather than influencing when at an individual cell stage.

By joining WMG, you will be well situated to verify and couple the modelling research with experimentation as WMG has access to excellent facilities for battery development and cell manufacturing. The research complements the Faraday Challenge activity and you will have the opportunity to work and interact with other PhD students working on the Faraday Challenge.

A background and skill set in the following are desired, upon which you will build, to carry out the PhD research successfully: mathematical modelling of dynamical systems (ODE and PDEs), indentifiability of model parameters, optimisation, battery characterisation, manufacturing methods and performing experiments to validate model predictions.

Eligibility and desired qualities

We are actively seeking an enthusiastic individual to join the team at WMG, Warwick with the following entry requirements and expectations:

  • A 1st or 2.1 undergraduate (BEng, MEng) and/or postgraduate masters’ qualification (MSc) in a science and technology field: Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science or Physics
  • An understanding and experience in modelling battery energy storage systems
  • Validate modelling theories by manufacturing batteries and performing experimentation
  • A passion and enthusiasm to challenge the state of the art in an exciting new technology application space.

Funding:

Due to funding regulations this project is open to UK/EU students only.

This position provides and attractive tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum for 3 years

To be eligible for this project the successful applicant should have indefinite leave to remain in the UK and have been ordinarily resident here for 3 years prior to the project start-date, apart from occasional or temporary absences. Additional information about this is available on the EPSRC website

To apply:

Informal enquires can be addressed to Dr Dhammika Widanalage and Dr Emma Kendrick in the first instance. Please ensure you meet the minimum requirements before filling in the online form.

If you would like to be considered for this position or have any questions please complete our online enquiry form.

   
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