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PhD Studentship: Future Aircraft Electric Generators Technologies

University of Bristol

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annnum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th August 2018
Closes: 1st September 2018

The project:

This PhD will develop new modelling / predictive algorithms to quantify the life expectancy of high speed rotating machines operating in a harsh environment.  New “smart” technology will be developed to integrate these algorithms into the design of high-speed machines. The idea will be to investigate which parameters can be readily monitored from the static part of the machine and can be linked to parameters on the rotating part of the machine.  The successful candidate will develop the models from finite element analysis backed up by validation through experimental testing and where necessary new ways of making the measurements will need to be defined.   

These activities are part of a wider industry funded research programme focusing on the concept of the more electric aircraft and as such the work will be supporting the reduction of weight and volume of the machine whilst improving the in-service reliability.  Being able to reliably predict the point of failure sufficiently far in advance for action to be taken at the scheduled maintenance point, thus eliminating a costly unscheduled maintenance operation is the intent of this project. 

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How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select <Electrical and Electronic Engineering> on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form with the name of the supervisor Dr Drury.

Candidate requirements: 

The essential requirement is a good undergraduate degree (1st, 2:1 or equivalent) in any of the following: mechanical, electrical, aerospace, electro-mechanical or mechatronics engineering (or a closely related subject).

Experience of any/all the following areas would be advantageous to the successful candidate:

  • analysis of electro-mechanical systems
  • Understanding of heat transfer concepts
  • Modelling of dynamic systems
  • Using sensors, instrumentation and data capture systems


Scholarship covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to September 2018) PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate £14,777 plus an additional ‘top-up’ by the industrial partner of £4,000 p.a. (subject to contracts)


For informal enquiries please email Dr David Drury,

For general enquiries, please email

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