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Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics of Electric Vehicle Transmissions (SAM26)

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

Electrical vehicles are expected to play a key role in the decarbonisation of our personal transport infrastructure, presenting a range of new challenges. These vehicles often use multistage transmissions to optimise vehicle driveability and powertrain efficiency. Wet Clutch packs are integral components of e-transmissions systems providing a mechanism to switch between gearing ratios. The robust design of these components to achieve high efficiency, acceptable NVH and adequate service life remains a significant challenge.

This project will use a combination of experimental and simulation approaches to provide new understanding of the fundamental heat transfer and fluid flow interactions that occur during wet-clutch operation. The work will focus on conditions found in electric vehicle transmission applications.

The candidate who would undertake this research would gain an in-depth understanding of electric vehicle transmission engineering, high-level skills in experimental techniques using optical-diagnostics and multi-physics simulation techniques using industry standard commercial software’s and developing stand-alone models.

The PhD student would be supported by a dedicated and experienced supervisory team to enable the student to contribute to the state of art in electric vehicle transmission technology.

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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 STEM or a related subject areas (Engineering, Maths and the Sciences). A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: STEM or a related subject areas (Engineering, Maths and the Sciences).

How to apply

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

Please quote reference number: SAM26

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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