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PhD Studentship: Study of constant velocity (CV) joints for high performance automotive racing applications

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, September 06, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: WS29
Start date of studentship: 1 October 2019
Closing date of advert: 6 September 2019
Interview date: TBC

Primary supervisor: Dr Ramin Rahmani
Secondary supervisor: Dr Nick Morris and Dr Nader Dolatabadi

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Full Project Detail

Driveline reliability is a critical requirement for the automotive industry and particularly for top high-performance racing vehicles, which is the focus of the current PhD program. Continuous velocity (CV) joints are used in the vehicle drivetrain to allow for variable angles of articulation between rotating components and can often be the cause of driveline failure. This PhD research program will aim at developing an investigative methodology to study the dynamics and tribology of CV joints under various operating conditions through a multidisciplinary research approach.

The methodology adopted will include the development of multiphysics tribological, contact mechanics and multibody dynamics mathematical models. The models should consider various vehicle operating conditions and both kinematic and kinetic behaviour of the driveline. To obtain realistic input parameters and further assessment of the components involved, experimental characterisation of surface topography, rheological assessment of the lubricant and representative tribometry is expected to be carried out.

The project provides an opportunity for in-depth understanding of the complex dynamics and tribological behaviour at the contact of CV joints. The research student will be well supported through academic supervision, visits to and technical interaction with the industrial sponsor as well as University training courses where appropriate. The student who undertakes this research will have the opportunity to develop a range of high level state-of-the-art experimental and modelling capabilities.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject.

Successful students will be notified by 30 September 2019.

Contact details
Name: Dr Ramin Rahmani, Dr Nick Morris, Dr Nader Dolatabadi
Email address: , ,
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 227669, +44 (0)1509 227626, +44 (0)1509 227114

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS29

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 per year, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 per year). Whilst 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.

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