Wireless charging is largely an untested technology in the UK. Electric Vehicle wireless charging technology has to date been in a research and feasibility state globally for several years now, the technology having mainly being used in small scale portable electronic products. The motivation for this project is to overcome the inefficiencies (e.g. time, power-loss, location limitations) associated with wired charging. Subsequently, the market drivers to be exploited include ease of use (vehicle positioned over charging pad), increased efficiency of users’ time (for example, taxis, buses and other scheduled transport). Wireless charging is a natural partner to the current move towards autonomous vehicles, which will require charging without human interaction.
With our exiting research and experience collaborating with two companies in a previous funded project to procure wireless charging kits, we believe we have enough knowledge to design our own system, build it as a benchtop and then, with the collaboration with Elmtronics, our commercial partners, build and test a prototype wireless EV charging system.
Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. A masters level qualification in a relevant discipline is desirable, but not essential, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the research area. Further details of the expected background may appear in the specific project details. International students will be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to English language ability, ATAS clearance and, when relevant, UK visa requirements and procedures.
How to Apply
Applicants should apply online for this opportunity at: https://e-vision.tees.ac.uk/si_prod/userdocs/web/apply.html?CourseID=1191
Please use the Online Application (Funded PHD) application form. When asked to specify funding select “other” and enter ‘RDS’ and the title of the PhD project that you are applying for. You should ensure that you clearly indicate that you are applying for a Funded Studentship and the title of the topic or project on the proposal that you will need to upload when applying. If you would like to apply for more than one project, you will need to complete a further application form and specify the relevant title for each application to a topic or project.
Applications for studentships that do not clearly indicate that the application is for a Funded Studentship and state the title of the project applied for on the proposal may mean that your application may not be considered for the appropriate funding.
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