PhD Studentship: 4 year PhD studentship Multi-physics Simulation in the Automotive Industry
University of Loughborough Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering
United Kingdom

Application details:
Reference number: AAE-JK-1902
Start date: 1st October 2019
Closing date: 1st July 2019

Primary supervisor: Dr James Knowles
Secondary supervisor: Dr George Mavros

Intro (standard):

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

The simulation of complex automotive systems requires methods from different disciplines such as dynamics, fluid mechanics, friction, material science etc. The aim of this project is to explore fluid-structure interaction in thin-film lubricated contacts, by developing appropriate computational methods and models. This project is funded by an EPSRC iCASE award with support from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).     

Initial research will focus on mathematical modelling methods to address the general multi-physics problem, with findings applied to the industry-relevant problem of simulating windscreen wiper performance. The models developed will show how various design parameters (e.g. blade stiffness distribution) influence the wiper’s ability to maintain visibility throughout a range of driving conditions.

The successful applicant will work within the dynamics research group in the Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Department at Loughborough University and benefit from an extensive range of facilities including a vibration lab and high-performance computing facilities. The successful applicant will spend several months working with cross-functional technical experts at JLR’s World Class Engineering Centre to both develop the research and implement the output into the Design of JLR’s next generation products.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should

  • Have a first class honours or good upper second class degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline (such as physics or mathematics).
  • Demonstrate knowledge or experience applicable to one or more of the following areas: multibody dynamics; mechanics; mathematical modelling.
  • Experience of programming in MATLAB/Simulink, or experience with multibody simulation packages (e.g. ADAMS, SIMPACK) is desirable but not essential.
  • Meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website
  • Satisfy the UK residency requirement – see EPSRC eligibility criteria

Funding information:

The project is jointly funded by the EPSRC and JLR. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £17,777 per annum for four years plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. To qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement

Contact details:

Name: Dr George Mavros or Dr James Knowles

Email address: or

Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 227237 or +44 (0)1509 227223

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at  Under programme name, select: ‘Automotive Engineering’

Please quote reference number: AAE-JK-1902

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