|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||£18,000 enhanced tax-free stipend per year|
|Placed On:||6th December 2018|
|Closes:||11th January 2019|
Supervisor: Dr Alex Weddell
Co-supervisor: Dr Nick Harris
This project is jointly supported by the Lloyd’s Register International Consortium of Nanotechnologies (ICoN) scheme, offering an enhanced tax-free stipend of £18,000 per year, with significant additional funding for travel and consumables. This opportunity is only open to UK/EU students (subject to EPSRC residence requirements).
With increased utilisation of assets, reduction in personnel, and pressure on maintenance spend and schedules, equipment maintenance on ships needs to be smarter. By adding sensors pervasively to the ship’s structure and equipment, it will be possible to monitor their condition and plan appropriate intervention rather than ‘running to failure’ or performing maintenance on a periodic basis. If such systems are deployed across the merchant fleet, big data and the Industrial Internet of Things could enable historical data collected globally to refine models of the characteristics of each type of motor, pump engine, etc. to improve reliability and safety of operation for all.
If we are to enable this vision, though, we need to overcome issues with sensor deployment and installation, which typically require cables to be run to each sensor. Wireless sensors exist, but are typically battery-powered. Energy harvesting-based systems are emerging, but are highly application dependent, relying on certain environmental energy being present. This project addresses the practicalities of energy harvesting in this environment.
The project will be split into three phases:
Please contact: Dr Alex Weddell email@example.com for further details.
Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent, preferably in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, or a closely-related engineering discipline. Applicants should have a strong background in practical electronics and microcontroller programming.
Closing date: applications should be received no later than 11 January 2019 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.
Duration: three years (full-time)
Funding: full tuition fees, for UK/EU students (subject to EPSRC residence requirements), and an enhanced tax-free stipend of £18,000 per year.
Assessment: Nine month and 18 month reports, viva voce and thesis examination
Start date: October 2019 (can be delayed if necessary, subject to approval)
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