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Applying advanced thermal management and optimisation methods to e-scooters and e-motorbikes


About This PhD Project

Project Description

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in the development of advanced thermal management systems for an electric motorcycle drivetrain. Hub motors and battery systems are rudimentary, and experience thermal management issues, particularly in hot climates. There is opportunity to improve their performance, lifespan, and safety, and to extend their use to higher power output applications (e-motorcycles). The PhD student will work to address the challenges currently faced by the light-electric vehicle industry, to develop an improved drivetrain that leverages and expands upon our research into adjoint-optimised cooling, and advanced thermal management systems. We will develop and demonstrate an electric drivetrain prototype using rigorous theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies, to be disseminated via the publication of high-quality scientific papers, and attendance of International conferences. The student is expected to work along experienced researcher’s expert in the field and close to industrial partners.

The studentship will work to address the challenges currently faced by the light-electric vehicle industry, to develop an improved drivetrain that leverages and expands upon our research into adjoint-optimised cooling2, and advanced thermal management systems3. We will develop and demonstrate an electric drivetrain prototype using rigorous theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies, to be disseminated via the publication of high-quality scientific papers, and attendance of International conferences.

Start Date: September 2020

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

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.
PLUS
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 with CFD software, such as STAR-CCM+ and ANSYS.
• Experience with Multiphysics software, such as COMSOL
• Multiphysics

For further details see: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/making-an-application/

To find out more about the project please contact Dr. Evangelos Gkanas; email: and Dr. James Jewkes; email:

To apply on line please visit: https://pgrplus.coventry.ac.uk/

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.

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