|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Placed On:||5th April 2019|
|Closes:||4th July 2019|
Supervisors: Dr Dhammika Widanalage and Dr Emma Kendrick
Funding: Funded for UK/EU candidates for 3 years
Start Date: ASAP
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.
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
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