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PhD Studentship: Transient Wear Analysis Model for Cylindrical Gear Conjunctions

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: MMP2019
Start date of studentship: 1 October 19
Closing date of advert: 21 May 2019
Interview date: TBA

Primary supervisor: Dr Mahdi Mohammadpour
Secondary supervisor: Professor Stephanos Theodossiades

Loughborough University

The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic and vibrant team at Loughborough University, working on efficiency, durability and NVH of powertrain systems. A vast range of training, technical support and access to the state-of-the-art facilities will be available. AVL as the industrial collaborator and co-funder of this project, is the largest independent company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains. In the current project, AVL will contribute by providing technological support, training and developmental support as well as facilitating access to their state-of-the-art experimental equipment at their headquarter in Graz/Austria.

Full Project Detail

In the modern world of automotive engineering, accurate simulation of tribological contacts plays a crucial role in the reduction of friction in Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs), electrical powertrains, gearboxes as well as other components. Boundary friction occurs when there is insufficient lubricant within the contact. In cases where insufficient lubricant exists wear can take place. This proves to be of great significance in modern powertrain systems where it is necessary to achieve maximum efficiency and the desired level of NVH refinement whilst maintaining the required durability of components.

This research aims to develop a novel transient wear analysis tool with particular focus on cylindrical gear pairs. The developed methodology will enable the estimation of wear at the design process to maintain a desired level of durability in the final product. The model will be capable of integration with tribo-dynamic tools in order to deliver an estimation of NVH refinement and efficiency.

The developed model will be validated using state-of-the art facilities at Loughborough University as well as AVL in Austria. The successful candidate will be expected to travel to company’s premises to receive training and perform experiments as part of this project. The candidate should also be willing to attend national and international conferences to present his/her results.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Physics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage:

- Tribology
- Powertrain and drivetrain engineering
- Dynamics
- Material science
- Surface engineering

Additionally, a performance related monthly stipend top-up and funding to cover travel and attendance with the sponsoring company to carry out experiments as well as training may be available for the successful candidate.

Contact details

Name: Dr Mahdi Mohammadpour
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)7549413791

How to apply

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

Please quote reference number: MMP2019

Funding Notes

This studentship is partially funded by the school and partially funded by AVL. If awarded, the 3-year studentship will provide tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a tax-free stipend at the UK Research and Innovation rate. The UKRI stipend value for 2019/20 has not yet been announced but the value for 2018/19 was £14,777.

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