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Advanced electrical machines and drives for electric propulsion systems

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Electric propulsion system has been widely recognized as a promising technology for establishing a sustainable society by reducing NOx and CO2 emission, compared with the conventional propulsion system by fossil fuel. Electrical machines and drives are one of the key components for electric propulsion systems.

This project aims to explore and design advanced electrical machines and drives for electric propulsion systems, which are expected to significantly reduce the size and weight of electric propulsion systems but output a similar power. This project will focus on the multiphysics analysis of electrical machines and drives, to develop the design toolkit of electrical machines and drives for electric propulsion systems. Different machine types and typologies will also be evaluated and compared. Experimental tests will be carried out in Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre (PVRC) and The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS).

Based at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the PVRC conducts internationally prize-winning research, focusing on improving the efficiency and emissions of both diesel and petrol engines. We conduct research that is systems-based on all aspects of automotive powertrain engineering. Our research represents four decades of achievement and extensive engagement with the automotive industry. We have made a significant contribution to the continued development of low and ultra-low carbon vehicles, reducing their CO2 signature and thereby enhancing fuel economy. We have played an important role in the vital task of making a cleaner environment.

Based at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the IAAPS is a leading institute for theoretical, experimental and analytical research into powertrain systems in the UK. Our team has an excellent track record in delivering industry-relevant projects, and has long established collaborations with industrial partners. Our work covers all of the links in the chain from energy storage to its conversion into mechanical work on board a vehicle. The £61m investment for a new facility in Bristol and Bath Science Park will deliver significant new test facilities and collaboration space to propel the IAAPS into a global leading position.

Successful applicants will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent). Any English language requirements must be met at the deadline for applications.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Zhongze Wu ()

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 30 September 2019

Funding Notes

This project is eligible for inclusion in funding rounds scheduled for end of November 2018, January 2019, February 2019, March 2019 and April 2019. A full application must have been submitted before inclusion in a funding round.

Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (£14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years. Early application is strongly recommended.

How good is research at University of Bath in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 61.00

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