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Hydrogen fuel cell systems for aviation applications, REF: RM-CDTResilient-Toshiba-2022


   EPSRC CDT in Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Impact: Hydrogen has the potential of emerging as the leading energy carrier for the next generation of zero-carbon combustion for propulsion systems. You will work to understand how it can best be applied in real-world aviation systems 

Background

Currently there is a growing demand to reduce carbon emissions from the power and propulsion systems. Also, there is growing concern on the impact of fossil fuel emissions on public health of urban populations. However, the utilisation of hydrogen for combustion is hindered by considerable challenges, such as flame instability and flashback.

This project is sponsored by Toshiba. Hybrid electric propulsion systems uses proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) system with a battery to power on board electric motor. The PEMFC converts the chemical energy of hydrogen fuel into electricity, heat and water without carbon emissions. Power management to manage load balance between fuel cell and battery remain the significant barriers to fuel cell to be used in aviation. More fundamental research is then needed to overcome these barriers. Issues such power conversion and Power management to manage load balance between fuel cell and battery, remain the focus on fuel cell performance improvement and reliability of the fuel cell system. This project need modelling to investigate the thermal management, power distribution and control strategy of a hybrid fuel cell system and an experimental study to validate the power distribution, control and stability of the system. Potential benefits for hybrid propulsion systems for aviation application will be evaluated. 

The selected candidate will be embedded in the Cardiff University and closely work with Toshiba.

The PhD project is of four years duration, starting October 2022, within the EPSRC Centre for Doctor Training (CDT) “Resilient decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems”. The studentship which will cover full university fees and a tax-free, enhanced annual stipend. The student who undertakes it will be one of a cohort of over 50 students in a broad range of disciplines across the Universities of Sheffield, Nottingham and Cardiff.  

We would like you to start in October 2022. Applications are welcome from graduates with a relevant STEM or engineering background. Please apply to the  University of Cardiff. Please quote the reference (REF) when making an application

Informal enquiries may be sent to Prof Richard Marsh (). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.  


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