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  EPSRC CASE Conversion Studentship with Liebherr Machines Bulle - (ENG 1690)


   Faculty of Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited to undertake a PhD programme, in partnership with LMB, to address key challenges in supporting the adoption of decarbonised fuels for off-road heavy duty (HD) applications, mining trucks and the maritime sector. The successful candidate will be based in the Powertrain Research Centre within the faculty of Engineering and will be part of a supportive team of 30 researchers, technicians, support staff and academics.

Ammonia and hydrogen are excellent candidate fuels to decarbonise the off-road HD and maritime sectors with a high-power demand. For instance, NH3 has the benefit of being able to be kept in smaller tanks compared to H2, for the same amount of energy, since it is liquid at a lower pressure. However, its combustion characteristics in internal combustion engines are poorly understood. The experimental work that is planned is intended to advance our fundamental knowledge of phenomena that occur when using decarbonised fuels. Measurements in steady-state and transient-like conditions will enable analysis of combustion characteristics, efficiencies and assessing the limits related to abnormal combustion. CFD and 1D modelling will be employed to improve combustion and reduce anomalous behaviour during operation. Emissions will also be quantified including measurements of secondary emission and particulates.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated person with a rigorous approach to research. Applicants should have, or be expected to gain a high 2:1, preferably a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related degree. A good knowledge and/or experience in thermodynamics/thermal management with a keen interest in fluid mechanics is essential, as is the ability to work well in a team. Prior experience in CFD approaches for Thermofluids would be an advantage.

The successful applicant would be expected undertake visits to our industrial partner and would receive supervision support and training both from the University and LMB.

The PhD position is available from 1st October 2023.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Antonino La Rocca, e-mail:

Interested in this studentship? Applications with a CV, cover letter and academic transcripts should be sent to

Suitable applicants will be interviewed, and if successful, invited to make a formal application. This role will close early if appropriate candidate is recruited.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The Faculty of Engineering provides a thriving working environment for all PGRs creating a strong sense of community across research disciplines. Community and research culture is important to our PGRs and the FoE support this by working closely with our Postgraduate Research Society (PGES) and our PGR Research Group Reps to enhance the research environment for PGRs. PGRs benefit from training through the Researcher Academy’s Training Programme, those based within the Faculty of Engineering have access to bespoke courses developed for Engineering PGRs. including sessions on paper writing, networking and career development after the PhD. The Faculty has outstanding facilities and works in partnership with leading industrial partners.

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Funding Notes

The PhD studentship will cover fees and tax-free standard UKRI stipend of £ £18,622 p.a. for 4 years. Due to funding restrictions this studentship is only available to UK (home fees) citizens.

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