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Reduction of Energy Loss in Tilted-Pad Bearings using Tribotronics


School of Engineering

About the Project

PhD (via MPhil) Studentship in the School of Engineering

Reference Number: RS-20-08

Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the Jost Institute for Tribotechnology, within the School of Engineering. The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full time [subject to satisfactory progress]. Both Home/EU and international Applicants may apply, but international students will be required to meet the difference between home/EU fees and international fees (Current rates Home/EU £4440 per year, International £15200 per year).The studentship will provide a standard UCLan annual stipend, currently £15,009 per year (subject to satisfactory progress).

It is expected the successful applicant will commence on the 11th January 2021.

Project Title:


Reduction of Energy Loss in Tilted-Pad Bearings using Tribotronics

Project Description:


Tribotronics is a novel concept where sensors and actuators are used to dynamically modify component/system performance during operation, turning the device into an intelligent machine which can enhance/optimise its own performance. In this project, intelligence will be used to control the energy consumption of a bearing with the aim of minimising energy loss.

The project will focus on actively-controlled (“tribotronic”) hydrodynamic tilted-pad bearings. (Conventional tilted-pad bearings are extensively used in power generation systems and other industrial and transport applications.)

The fundamental aim will be to develop a bearing system whose operating geometry/conditions can be actively controlled in real-time to minimise power loss. This will enable it to operate at maximum efficiency irrespective of any changes in operating conditions such as speed, load and ambient temperature. Its performance will be compared with its conventional counterpart. We hypothesise that such a system will have a lower power consumption than a conventional system.



Further information


Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to:
Prof I. Sherrington ( )

For the application form and full details go to: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/study/studentships.php .

Completed application forms should be returned to Research Admissions email quoting the studentship reference number RS-20-08

Closing Date: 30th September 2020
Proposed Interview Date: 5th October 2020


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