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Automated simulation management of complex co-simulation test systems for advance propulsion systems

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  • Full or part time
    Prof C Brace
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Complex automotive propulsions systems of the future will be developed using a combination of experimental and simulation techniques capturing the different physical phenomenon of the systems (battery chemistries, combustion, electric drives…). At different stages of the propulsion system development phase, co-simulations will be used as a combination of different mathematical models and also real hardware in Hardware-in-the-loop configurations. However, this reliance on simulation requires high confidence in the accuracy of the simulation model to ensure high quality data and results are obtained. The aim of this PhD thesis is to create a methodology for monitoring the co-simulation and to terminate it at the earliest possible moment in case an error occurs. This error could be cause by systems errors (software component crash, Real time simulation misses deadline…) or by simulation errors (instable signal, low signal quality, wrong trigger sequence, incorrect frequency, ….). It is expected that the student will produce a prototype implementation of their methodology and demonstrate this in the prototype factory at the new Institute for Advanced Propulsion Systems (IAAPS).

This project is supported by AVL. Informal enquiries about the project should be directed to Prof Chris Brace ([Email Address Removed]).

Information about the application process can be found at and any queries should be sent to [Email Address Removed]

This project is offered within the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (CDT-AAPS). The centre aims to create a diverse and stimulating environment where you can deepen your knowledge in your discipline through your PhD whilst giving breath to your skills through collaborations.

Prospective students will be applying for the integrated PhD programme run by CDT-AAPS which includes a one-year MRes (full time) followed by a PhD programme. The MRes course will be conducted as a cohort with a focus on technology, team-working and research skills. On successful completion of the MRes, you will progress to a PhD programme which can be conducted on a full-time or part-time basis.

CDT-AAPS is determined to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members. The whole CDT community will come together at specific events during the calendar year, most notably the induction events, workshops and guest lectures. All new students joining the CDT will be assigned both an academic personal tutor and a student mentor. Each student will be assigned a minimum of 2 academic supervisors at the point of starting their PhD.

Funding is available for four-years (full time equivalent) for Home/EU students.

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Funding Notes

AAPS CDT studentships are available on a competition basis for UK and EU students for up to 4 years. Funding will cover UK/EU tuition fees as well as providing maintenance at the UKRI doctoral stipend rate (£15,009 per annum for 2019/20) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum.

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