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Optimal control of a reliable four-wheel-drive electric vehicle (WS18)

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    Dr W Midgley
    Dr C Ward
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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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Full Project Detail

This project will build on the work undertaken during the SMART (Smart Modular Architecture for Reliable Transportation) project. The aim of the project is to improve and develop a full vehicle model for a reliable four-wheel-drive electric vehicle, based on the SMART system concept. This model will be used to develop fault-tolerant controllers capable of reconfiguring themselves based on failures or changes within the system. The controller concepts will then be validated on an experimental rig. Ultimately, this will lead to an electric vehicle capable of reliably delivering predictable driving torque even under failure or degradation.
This is a unique opportunity to work with the Control Systems Group at Loughborough, and to enhance your knowledge and skills in the areas of vehicle modelling and control whilst collaborating with other academics in related fields.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical, Electrical or Mechatronics Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: vehicle modelling; MATLAB/Simulink; nonlinear control systems; electric vehicle architecture

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 p/a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 p/a). While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th September 2019.

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