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Hardware-in-the-Loop: Designing future railway vehicles (SAM17)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project detail

Future rail systems have many challenges to overcome to be proved effective, efficient and safe before they will be accepted as a mainstream solution. Possible technology solutions do however address major challenges to the travel including carbon emissions, cost of travel, capacity, passenger comfort, and also offer beneficial impacts on secondary items such as economics strength and housing shortages.

This research is concerned with providing a tangible route for the acceptance of future railway systems. The uptake of this technology is a key driver for dramatically reducing cost of rail transport through mechanisms such reductions in wheel and rail wear and improving passenger ride comfort or by more effective power train management. The current rail system is reliant on proven, but conservative, technology to satisfy guidance and ride quality requirements. This work offers the chance to work with leading experts in the field of rail vehicle dynamics, active guidance and Hardware in the Loop (HiL) testing and validation.

This project looks to develop assured methods of subsystem testing of future rail suspension mechanisms through replicating the hardware interactions between realistic synthetic environments and physical test subjects in a laboratory environment. This requires development of skills in Control theory, HiL methods and developing an understanding in vehicle dynamics modelling and simulation. This project can also extend into systems level validation and acceptance of component testing in the certification route of vehicles.

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Start date of studentship: 01 October 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in; Control, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Control Theory, dynamic systems modelling, vehicle simulations, hardware testing, Mechanics/mechanical system design and modelling, Systems Engineering.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: SAM17.

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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