|UK Students, EU Students, International Students
|Funding for tuition fees and a living stipend are available on a competitive basis.
|27th November 2023
|31st December 2023
Project title: Curve squeal in railways: measurements, models and mitigations
Supervisory Team: Giacomo Squicciarini, David Thompson
In Railway Noise, one of the most pressing problems affecting passengers and inhabitants, is currently curve squeal or screech. This is a loud tonal noise that can occur in curves and has made the news on numerous occasions for the London Underground. It is an unpredictable phenomenon where a small uncertainty in input data can result in dramatic differences in the results. Models exist but their main weakness is in the uncertainty of inputs and lack of validation.
The PhD research will aim first at validating the existing models using field measurements at sites in the UK. Proposed enhancements to the models will be implemented, followed by their application in the assessment of mitigation measures. These will include lubrication, changes in the design of the track and the wheel and the effect of wheel/rail dampers.
If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Giacomo Squicciarini, Dynamics Research Group, Email: email@example.com, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 540.
A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).
Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 December 2023 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.
Funding: Funding for tuition fees and a living stipend are available on a competitive basis. Funding will be awarded on a rolling basis, so apply early for the best opportunity to be considered.
How To Apply
Apply online: Search for a Postgraduate Programme of Study (soton.ac.uk). Select programme type (Research), 2024/25, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, next page select “PhD Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Giacomo Squicciarini
Applications should include:
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date
For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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