PhD Studentship in Fiber optic sensing - developing a system for quench detection and prevention.
The Robinson research Institute is acclaimed for its integration of world leading research into applied practice alongside major commercial companies.
Sustainable energy use and production is critical to the future of NZ and to mitigate global warming. Air transport is coming in for special scrutiny as its emissions have grown by 75% since 1990, double the rate of the economy. The Robinson Institute is a leading part of the international effort to increase the efficiency of passenger air planes by electrifying part of the propulsion with a focus on the use of high temperature superconducting (HTS) machines to deliver unheard of power density and efficiency.
There are some critical research questions that must be addressed for the commercial application of large rotating superconducting machines – one of these is the ability to detect a cryogenic ‘hot-spot’ that would cause a transition out of the superconducting state. Optical fiber sensing offers the potential to meet this challenge in a high-field, high-stress and extreme environment. The goal of your thesis would be to develop and evaluate a system for the quench detection and prevention.
We expect you to have a Master’s degree in electrical, or mechanical engineering, or physics with excellent grades and, ideally, a background in fiber optic sensing. You will use state of the art equipment (Anritsu OSA, micron optics and smart fiber interrogator).As part of a larger project team you will work, alongside expert full time researchers and have a supervisor with fundamental background in fiber optic sensing. This PhD will stretch your brain and your hands-on expertise; all our previous students have sprung from a beginning with us to high-flying industry and academic careers.
Total value & tenure of scholarship:
There is dedicated funding available for your research project and to attend international conferences. Furthermore, you will receive an untaxed stipend of $27,500 plus payment of all University fees for three years.
For more information: Send an email titled “Re: Fiber optic sensing” to [email protected]
Applicants should include the following:
(i) Curriculum Vitae
(ii) A summary of university grades
(iii) A statement detailing why you are interested in this project
(iv) Contact information for two potential referees.