PhD Studentships in Advanced Electrical Machines
University of Nottingham in Department of Engineering
United Kingdom

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009 to £18,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 24th June 2019
Closes: 18th September 2019
Reference: ENG1290
Location: UK Other


This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a PhD on Advanced Electrical Machines for Electrical Vehicle Traction, Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Propulsion and High Power Generators at the University of Nottingham in partnership with Industrial Partners including Alstom Rail, United Technologies, Hybrid Air Vehicles, ABB, GKN, Cummins, Jaguar Land Rover and others.

In the last two decades, the use of rare-earth magnets and the development of permanent magnet (PM) machines have contributed to a step change in motor performance and led to successful demonstration of many electrified ground propulsion system. There is however significant technology and manufacturing challenges which need to be addressed if widespread uptake of such electrical machines is to be achieved. Some of the challenges stem from the requirements of high power density and reliability in aerospace applications, very high efficiency generators and motors for industrial applications and low cost, compact integrated solutions for automotive applications.

The rapid market growth of electrified propulsion requires the urgent development of novel and disruptive electrical machines able to push existing performance boundaries. The University of Nottingham has recently established ambitious research plans for the development of a high-power-density powertrain electrical machines in conjunction with a range of industrial partners.

Within this program, the successful candidates will look into existing and novel electrical machine topologies enabled by the use of new magnetic materials and innovative thermal management systems. Research will explore a range of key enabling topics such as the use of high frequency stators, multi-physics modelling and design, high speed hybrid rotor configurations, light-weight materials, innovative manufacturing of windings and power train integration.

The 8 PhD studentships are available from September 2019 and are fully funded via a stipend covering PhD tuition fees (at the Home/EU rate) and a tax-free living allowance (£15,009 - £18,000 per annum depending on qualifications and experience). As part of the projects the student will be working closely with industrial partners.

The students will gain expertise in the design of advanced electrical machines including finite element modelling of electromagnetic and mechanical structures, familiarity with power electronics and control, characterisation of materials and gain experience in building and testing traction, propulsion and generator drives. Transferable skills in computer programming, data analysis and scientific communication will also be acquired. In addition, the student will benefit from hands-on experience in industry, while pursuing a research project in an academic environment, and gain knowledge of the recent developments of modern transportation.

Applications are invited from outstanding EU/UK students holding or expecting to gain a good undergraduate degree in manufacturing/electrical/electronic/mechanical engineering or a related subject.

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This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and talented PhD candidates to join the world-leading Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMC) Research Group and work on a project advancing technology of electrical machines. The PEMC group has undergone a significant period of growth and now has over 150 members, with 20 academics (including 7 full professors) and approximately 120 PhD students and post-doctoral research fellows. The group has excellent facilities for experimental work including approximately 2500m2 of research space and a construction and testing capability up to 1MW. The University of Nottingham is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings).

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