Reference number: AAE-JK-1903
Start date: July 2019
Closing date: 29 April 2019
Primary supervisor: Dr James Knowles
Secondary supervisor: Dr Byron Mason
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Current engine controllers are optimised for performance at steady-state operating points (constant speed/load); typical real-world driving involves transient dynamics as the engine moves between operating points. Adapting powertrain control parameters online will provide improvements in transient powertrain performance. The proposed project, which is funded by a University Research Program (URP) award by Ford, will demonstrate the opportunities of online self-adapting and learning control algorithms both in simulation and on hardware.
The successful applicant will work within the Powertrains research group in the Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Department at Loughborough University and benefit from an extensive range of facilities, including engine test cells and high-performance computing facilities. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to spend up to 3 months working with experts within Ford and attend international conferences and workshops.
• Have a first-class honours or good upper second class degree in automotive/mechanical engineering or a related discipline (e.g. other engineering disciplines, physics, mathematics).
• Demonstrate knowledge or experience applicable to one or more of the following areas: optimisation; control; engine calibration; machine learning.
• Experience of programming in MATLAB/Simulink is desirable but not essential.
• Meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/apply/english-language-requirements/
Name: Dr James Knowles or Dr Byron Mason
Email address: [email protected]
or [email protected]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 227223 or +44 (0)1509 227273
How to apply
All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/
. Under programme name, select: ‘Automotive Engineering’
Please quote reference number: AAE-JK-1903