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Experimental study of ignition and combustion of zero-carbon fuels and their application to IC engines


   Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

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About the Project

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD studentship for this project starting 1st October 2022.  You will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £18,062, including inner London weighting, plus payment of their full-time home student tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). UK (Home) and overseas nationals who meet the academic entry criteria set out below are welcome to apply.   

The Project 

You will join the Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels to work on an exciting project on experimental study of ignition and combustion of zero-carbon fuels, such as ammonia and hydrogen, and their applications in internal combustion engines. Fundamental studies of advanced ignition and combustion control processes will be investigated by means of a range of high speed optical and laser measurement techniques. Thermodynamic engine experiments will be performed to understand combustion characteristics, engine efficiency and emissions by using heat release analysis and emissions analyser. New ignition methods and injection strategies will also be investigated to maximise engine efficiency and minimise emissions. You will be a member of a large research group that conducts experimental and modelling studies, many of which are in collaboration with industrial partners. You will be required to present progress at regular project meetings with stakeholders and contribute to the publication of journal papers and conference proceedings. 

Please contact Dr Xinyan Wang ([Email Address Removed]) for an informal discussion about the project.  

Skills and Experience  

Experience in optical measurements and engine experiments will be an advantage. You should be highly motivated, able to work independently as well as in a team, collaborate with others and have effective communication skills.  

Academic Entry Criteria

You should hold or expect to be awarded an undergraduate degree classified at first class or equivalent. An MSc degree classified at Merit or above would be an advantage.   

Where applicable, you should hold an English Language proficiency qualification to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections) or equivalent OR provide confirmation of your test date if you do not yet hold this qualification.   

How to Apply

Please submit the documents below as a SINGLE PDF file to [Email Address Removed] and CEDPS [Email Address Removed]  by 12:00 on Monday 6 June 2022:  

  • Your current CV;
  • One A4 page, single spaced personal statement setting out (i) your interest in this project and (ii) why your skills, experience and background are relevant for this position;
  • Your undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates and transcripts, translated into English if appropriate;
  • Evidence of your English Proficiency to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) or confirmation of your IELTS test date if you have not yet achieved this qualification.

Interviews will take place in June 2022.


Funding Notes

You will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £18,062, including inner London weighting, plus payment of their full-time home student tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). UK (Home) and overseas nationals who meet the academic entry criteria set out below are welcome to apply.

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