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Advanced Thermal Management System for Energy Storage System using Second-life Lithium-ion Batteries

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About the Project

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably qualified graduates for a (fully funded by CU) PhD studentship. This is a Li-ion battery thermal management PhD project.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are the future of clean city transportation. Lithium-ion batteries (LIB) are essential components in EVs, and they cost about 50% of vehicles. LIBs have a narrow working temperature window (10-40°C). Thermal management of LIBs is essential to their performance, state of health, and more importantly, safety. LIBs age faster if without effective thermal management. Once the capacity of LIBs in EVs drops by 20%, LIBs reach the end of their life in the EV application. However, those retired LIBs from EVs can be used for other applications, for example, stationary energy storage systems.

The aim of this project is to develop an advanced thermal management system (TMS) for lithium-ion battery modules/packs that use second-life lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles. For second-life batteries, thermal management is even more critical due to increased battery impedance; hence, more heat generation during operation. The optimization of TMS will be powered by artificial intelligence-based many-objective optimization genetic algorithms. The optimized design will have the benefit of low-energy consumption and prolonged battery longevity. The methodologies developed in this study can also be applied to develop thermal management systems for lithium-ion batteries in EVs.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 


·        the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years

·        a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

·        experience in at least one programming language, such as m language in MATLAB, C and C++;

·        computational Fluid Dynamics modelling experience

·        willing to work closely in a team and the ability to deliver research outcomes to meet deadlines

·     willing to contribute to tutor fresh-year PhD candidates

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How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Chongming Wang ([Email Address Removed])

To apply online please visit: 

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. Usually an up to 800-word supporting statement is enough. Can I change the word limit here?

Application deadline: 31st January 2021

Please note this is a re-advertisement previous candidates must contact the academic prior to application

Start Date: May 2021

Duration of Study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Funding Notes

The total amount of the additional allowances is £5,900, including:
• Consumables and maintenance: £3,000 (annually £1,000, three years)
• Conference and workshop: £2,900

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