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PhD High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) busbars for electrified propulsion systems on aircraft

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  • Full or part time
    Prof Graeme Burt
    Prof Weijia Yuan
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

In order to achieve a low carbon future, aviation technology has to be dramatically changed. Hybrid electric aircraft offer a transforming solution to reduce carbon emissions and improve system efficiency, however significant power density improvements are required. High temperature superconducting (HTS) cables and machines are considered a very promising solution to this challenge.

An enthusiastic PhD student is invited to join this collaboration of the aero-electrical systems team and the applied superconductivity team within the Institute for Energy and Environment (InstEE) at the University of Strathclyde, to conduct research in the design, control and protection of superconducting busbars for an all superconducting propulsion network. Working closely with major international aerospace and HTS device manufacturers, you will have access to state of the art facilities including Strathclyde’s real-time simulators, hardware-in-the-loop experimental platforms and the Applied Superconductivity Lab with various low temperature cryostats (10K-77K), high power supplies, and high precision measurement systems. These are further complemented by the extensive expertise across the InstEE team, and the MW scale Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) .

This PhD project will build on an existing portfolio of excellent research and industrial collaborations, affording the candidate opportunities to join this internationally leading effort combining the strengths of two research teams. The Aero-electrical Systems Research Team has an established track record of industrial and international collaborations, researching protection and architecture solutions for aero-electrical power systems. The Applied Superconductivity Research Team has been pioneering in developing advanced numerical models for high temperature superconductor (HTS) devices and fully HTS machines for electric propulsion with the support from EPSRC, RAEng and H2020 since 2012.

As part of the project, the successful candidate will also benefit from the training delivered as part of the University of Strathclyde’s Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development.
Academic supervision will be led by Professor Graeme Burt and Professor Weijia Yuan of the Advanced Electrical Systems (AES) Research Group within the Institute for Energy & Environment. Details at:,

Candidates should email with reference “PhD-HTSB” a detailed CV with contact information for two academic referees, and a covering letter highlighting their suitability for the position, to Professor Graeme Burt ([Email Address Removed]) or Professor Weijia Yuan ([Email Address Removed]).

The project is available for a start from June 2020.

If you wish to discuss any details of the projects informally, please email Professor Burt or Professor Yuan quoting reference “PhD-HTSB”.

Funding Notes

Funding is available for the successful candidate that will cover an annual tax free stipend and full tuition fees (if UK or eligible EU national) or part fees (others). The stipend starts at £15,285.

Studentships are available to candidates who possess an undergraduate MEng, first class BSc/BEng Honours or postgraduate MSc degree in electrical/mechanical engineering, physics or similar.

Applicants with research experience and publication records in cryogenics, applied superconductivity and electrical machines are particularly welcome.


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