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Design and optimisation of flywheel energy storage systems (Advert Ref: RDFC22-R/EE/MCE/FAROKHI)

   Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering

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  Dr Hamed Farokhi  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Flywheel energy storage systems (FESS) are used to store electricity in the form of kinetic energy by converting the stored surplus electricity into kinetic energy by driving an electric motor that spins a flywheel at very high speeds. It offers several advantages compared to other storage systems, such as Lithium-ion batteries, including a longer lifespan, lower costs, fast power response, and short recharge time. Due to the high rotational speed of the shaft, detailed investigation of FESS dynamics is important in the design stage to ensure an optimal product. 

This project aims to develop a design and optimisation framework for FESS and utilise it to improve the energy storage capabilities and operation lifetime of the OXTO Energy products. This is accomplished by considering the manufacturing capabilities, assembly procedure, and testing requirements using a combination of theoretical and finite element modelling, structural optimisation, and experimental validations. 

This industrial-academic collaborative PhD studentship is funded jointly by OXTO Energy and Northumbria University. The successful applicant will have knowledge of theoretical and numerical modelling in dynamics and vibration and experience in finite element modelling of structures. Good written and oral communication skills are essential. To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Hamed Farokhi ([Email Address Removed]). 

Eligibility and How to Apply: 

Please note eligibility requirement:  

  • The studentship is available to Home and International students
  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement. 
  • Appropriate IELTS score, if required. 
  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere. 

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see 

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDFC22-R/…) will not be considered. 

Deadline for applications: 10 October 2022 

Start Date: 1 March 2023

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff and students. We welcome applications from all members of the community.

Funding Notes

The studentship is available to Home and International students and includes a full stipend, paid for 3 years at RCUK rates (for 2021/2, this is £15,609 p.a.) and full tuition fees.


Probabilistic optimisation of mono-stringer composite stiffened panels in post-buckling regime
H Farokhi, O Bacarreza, MHF Aliabadi
Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 62, 2020, 1395–1417

Dynamic modeling and experimental verification on the rotor-armature structure of a steam turbine-generator unit
Hassan Jalali, Farzad Rafieian, Hamed Haddad Khodaparast
Applied Mathematical Modelling, 107, 2022, 802-814

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