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PhD Studentship: Digital Hydraulic System Control - investigating Novel Digital Switched Hydraulic Converters and their Feasibility via Analytical Modelling and Experimental Validation

University of Bath - Mechanical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bath
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (£14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th February 2019
Closes: 30th April 2019

Supervisor name: Dr Min Pan

Email contact: 

Research Centre: Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control

In most hydraulically powered systems, the speed and/or force of a load are controlled using valves to throttle the flow and thus reduce the hydraulic pressure. This is a simple but extremely inefficient method as the excess energy is lost as heat, and it is common for more than 50% of the input power to be wasted in this way. Digital hydraulics, which means hydraulic systems having discrete valued components actively controlling system output, can potentially have much higher efficiency and less energy loss. This project will investigate novel digital switched hydraulic converters and their feasibility via analytical modelling and experimental validation.

The research outcomes will benefit a wide range of engineering sectors including construction and agricultural machinery, industrial machinery, oil and gas, mining, defence and robotics in the UK and worldwide and will result in a next generation power technology that consumes only a fraction of energy of current machines.

Candidates with experience/interest in fluid power systems, control engineering, dynamic systems, modelling and simulation are very welcome to apply.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Min Pan (

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:


Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (£14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years.

Application criteria

The successful applicant will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree or MSc distinction (or equivalent).

English language requirements must be met at the time of application to be considered for funding.

Expected start  30th September 2019

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