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PhD Studentship: Mega-watt Zero Emitting Powertrain Systems for Heavy Transport

University of Birmingham - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Tuition fees
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th December 2022
Closes: 15th February 2023

To reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions globally, there is a considerable push to decarbonise the existing and/or future transportation and propulsion systems with carbon-free or low carbon energy carriers such as hydrogen (H2), and ammonia (NH3), e-fuels and other renewable energy resources. The current research group at UoB has been successfully awarded governments and industrial funding for decarbonising heavy transportation in both rail and marine sectors. These have created an exciting and innovative partnership between the UoB and industrial partners working on pioneering research on developing advanced fuel and propulsion systems for cleaner marine, train, road and heavy-duty vehicles resulting in an impact on global commerce, the economy and the environment.

The selected candidate for the funded PhD opportunity will be embedded within a team of specialist researchers and academics at UoB and will regularly liaise with other academic and industrial partners associated with this project to shape the transition to a clean and sustainable net-zero emissions environment. As a PhD student at UoB, the candidate will benefit from involving in high-impact research by accessing high-performance computing facilities and state of the art experimental laboratories at one of the prestigious UK institutions. The candidate will be strongly encouraged to present and publish work in national/international conferences and high impact factor leading journals. The position will also offer opportunities to engage in teaching activities in the school of engineering.

Person Specification:
Essential:

  • BEng and/or MEng and/or MSc in the Engineering disciplines (e.g., Mechanical, Energy, etc.) with a 1st class or at least a 2.1 degree (or non-UK equivalent)
  • Knowledge in engine modelling, novel engine development, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat and energy transfer, and powertrain engineering
  • A proved track record of peer-reviewed journal publications
  • To have met the University of Birmingham English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band) by the point of application

Desirable:

  • Good knowledge of internal combustion engines, disruptive engine technologies, hybrid electric vehicles, batteries technology, emissions control technologies, thermal management of catalytic converters, exhaust aftertreatment systems, renewable energy, carbon-free (i.e. H2, NH3) and low-carbon energy carriers (e-fuels)
  • Good knowledge of at least one engine modelling software (e.g., AVL, GT-Power, Ricardo, etc.)
  • Demonstrated awareness of sources of air pollutants, emissions speciation and characterisation
  • Experience in performing experiments on different instruments, collecting data, analysing and interrupting research findings
  • Knowledge in control systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies
  • Experience in CAD software packages (e.g. in Catia, SolidWorks, Fusion 360, AutoCAD)
  • Ability to undertake programs (e.g. in MATLAB, Fortran, Python and LabView)
  • Experience in disseminating research findings for publication and research conferences

Funding Details 

Funding for 3 years would include:

a) UK students: tuition fees plus maintenance allowance,

b) EU and International students: tuition fees.

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