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Life cycle assessment of current and future passenger transport technologies in the UK

Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS)

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About the Project

In the coming years, the electric powertrain is expected to replace fossil fuelled vehicles. From an environmental perspective, there are still many uncertainties when assessing the potential life cycle impacts of future powertrain technologies. Many factors effect electric vehicle environmental performance - from electricity grid mix used to driver behaviour. A detailed evaluation of these sensitivities is required in order to understand when and under what driving conditions the electric powertrain is desirable. This is not only important to informing future vehicle LCA methodology and approaches, but is also important to policy-making – ensuring transportation in the future really does enable the UK Government to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

This research is expected to be highly multidisciplinary, allowing the candidate to get to grips with a range of transport technologies, where they will be using life cycle assessment and driver behaviour data to perform a detailed analysis of the sensitivities and uncertainties relating to electric vehicles. The project will involve programming in advanced LCA software using Python, and candidates should have a pre-existing knowledge of Python or a strong interest in learning Python during their MRes year.

This project is offered within the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (CDT-AAPS). The centre aims to create a diverse and stimulating environment where you can deepen your knowledge in your discipline through your PhD whilst giving breath to your skills through collaborations.

Prospective students will be applying for the integrated PhD programme run by CDT-AAPS which includes a one-year MRes (full time) followed by a PhD programme. The MRes course will be conducted as a cohort with a focus on technology, team-working and research skills. On successful completion of the MRes, you will progress to a PhD programme which can be conducted on a full-time or part-time basis.

CDT-AAPS is determined to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members. The whole CDT community will come together at specific events during the calendar year, most notably the induction events, workshops and guest lectures. All new students joining the CDT will be assigned both an academic personal tutor and a student mentor. Each student will be assigned a minimum of 2 academic supervisors at the point of starting their PhD.

Funding is available for four-years (full time equivalent) for Home/EU students.

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Funding Notes

AAPS CDT studentships are available on a competition basis for UK and EU students for up to 4 years. Funding will cover UK/EU tuition fees as well as providing maintenance at the UKRI doctoral stipend rate (£15,009 per annum for 2019/20) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum.
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