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EngD in Innovative Methodology for the Complete Virtual Design, Simulation and Optimisation of a Future Electric Vehicle Powertrain

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

Project Description

Supporting Company: Altair UK

WMG, University of Warwick and Altair Engineering are seeking a top class candidate to undertake research leading to the award of an International Engineering Doctorate awarded jointly by the Universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield.

As a ‘research engineer’ on our International Doctorate programme you will have unrivalled access to some of the best teaching and industrial expertise in the world, across three universities. While you will be based at WMG and Altair Engineering, you will also spend time at Cranfield and Exeter Universities to give you the broadest possible experience. You will emerge from the four-year programme more confident and better equipped to make a difference to your company and the global marketplace.

This opportunity also provides a substantial tax free stipend equivalent to many graduate jobs.


This fully funded EngD studentship represents a unique opportunity to undertake advanced modelling, simulation and optimisation research in close partnership with Altair Engineering. Exploiting the advanced simulation tools provided by Altair and the experimental facilities within the WMG Energy Innovation Centre (EIC), the focus of this research will be to define an innovative methodology for the complete virtual design, simulation and optimisation of a future electric vehicle (EV) powertrain. It is expected that the simulation methodology will be generic and transferable to different EV technology domains. However, its validation will focus on two “case-studies” that crosscut both the vehicle’s battery system and eMotor.


The battery system research, will focus on accurately modelling the interdependencies that exist between battery thermal and electrical behaviour; the management of which are critical for the safe and robust operation of the vehicle. The challenge is to integrate key properties of the battery, thermal design and packaging solution within the unifying simulation methodology. The case study will extend the capability of Altair’s battery pack modelling tools that translate high fidelity CFD models to low fidelity heat transfer models for optimisation.


This project aims to develop state-of-art capability to predict performance of eMotors. The developed models will include the effect of critical machine operating environment parameters such as temperature, mechanical stress and voltages with harmonic contents on material properties leading to significant impact on electromagnetic behaviour of the eMotors. Carefully consideration will be taken to determine when such advanced multi-physics models need to be used and possibilities to use weak coupling strategies reducing simulation times will be explored.



Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in a combination of the following areas: experimental design, mathematical modelling, thermodynamics, electrical or electrochemical engineering.


• High levels of innovative thought and lateral thinking
• Excellent analytical and reporting skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong computer skills and the ability to learn new software quickly
• Self-motivated, capable of working with minimal guidance and supervision, and within a team.
• Enthusiasm for the subject

Further details about the programme are available on our CDT website:

If you would like to be considered for this position or have any questions please complete our online enquiry form on our website by using the "Visit Website" button below.

Funding Notes

Qualifying students receive an attractive enhanced stipend which could be tax and NI free depending on your personal circumstances, paid by the Centre and topped up by a contribution from Altair Engineering. For 2019/20 this totals approximately £20,500 per annum. Due to funding regulations this project is currently open to UK/EU students only.

The funding is for four years and will also cover University tuition fees and all course fees as well as a travel allowance to attend courses.

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