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Advanced control for motorcycle stabilisation and crash avoidance (JF1UF2019)

Project Description

Motorcycles are involved in a disproportionately high number of deaths and serious injuries on the road: even though motorcycles drove only 0.9% of the distance covered by all vehicles on British roads in 2018, they accounted for 20% of deaths and 23% of serious injuries. Although modern cars are fitted with many advanced safety technologies such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS), electronic stability control (ESP), and autonomous emergency braking (AEB), the uptake of equivalent systems for motorcycles has been much slower. For example, ABS has been mandatory on all new cars since 2004, but on motorcycles only since 2016.

This project aims to investigate the potential for active stabilisation and manoeuvre assistance to mitigate motorcycle accidents through actuation of the steering and/or brakes. This will require modelling of the vehicle dynamics and design of suitable control strategies, with the goal of demonstrating via simulation that crash avoidance or mitigation is feasible in common accident scenarios. Successful candidates should have an interest in vehicle dynamics and will have the opportunity to develop sought-after skills in modelling, control and state estimation.

Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to email Dr James Fleming for an informal discussion:

Start date: 1 July, 1 October, 1 January, 1 April.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: state-space control design, vehicle dynamics or state estimation techniques.

How to apply:

All applications are made online, please select the school/department name under the programme name section and include the quote reference number.

Funding Notes

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

Band RB (UK/EU: TBC; international: £22,350).

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