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Postgraduate Research Opportunity: Novel Friction Pairs for Environmentally-friendly Automotive Brakes (EPSRC DTP)

University of Leeds

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Leeds
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Please see details below
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th February 2019
Closes: 31st March 2019

Value: 3.5 years to include tuition fees (£4,400 for 2018/19), tax-free stipend (£14,777 for 2018/19), and research training and support grant. Eligibility is UK and those EU candidates who meet the UK 3 years residency requirement.
Number of awards: 1
Supervisors: Dr Shahriar Kosarieh, Professor David Barton and Professor Anne Neville. Contact Dr Shahriar Kosarieh to discuss this project further informally. 

Project description

Your project will support the understanding of the tribology of novel friction pairs in automotive brakes. To do this, you will create methods to investigate the Third Body Layer (TBL) generation, composition and its effects on friction, wear, NVH and particle emissions. Thus an optimised development of brake pads for novel applications like electric and autonomous driving will be possible.

Joining the School of Mechanical Engineering, you will be working closely with the School’s two research institutes: The Institute of Functional Surfaces (IFS) and the Institute of Design, Robotics & Optimisation (iDRO) in strong collaboration with our industrial partners.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a first-class bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or a second class bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with a Master's degree in a relevant engineering or science degree such as Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Material Science, Chemistry or other related subjects. We also recognise relevant industrial and academic experience.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the 'Novel Friction Pairs for Environmentally-friendly Automotive Brakes (EPSRC DTP)' as well a Dr Shahriar Kosarieh as your sponsor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.

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