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Reduction of NOx emissions: two-phase interactions within automotive aftertreatment systems

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Project Description

Reference number: EL2018
Start date: 1st October 2019
Closing date: 19th August 2019

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail

The environmental impact of automotive applications remains a key issue for the transport sector. One of the key emissions that must be dealt with is NOx, which has a detrimental impact on air quality and human health. NOx remains a significant problem even if renewable fuels are utilised. In order to meet future emissions targets, while also improving energy-efficiency, advances in technology must be made from our current position. A vital technology for reducing the emission of NOx is selective-catalyst-reduction (SCR), which operates by using ammonia as a reductant on a catalyst surface in the exhaust system. However, the complex interactions between the injected fluid, the high-temperature exhaust gas, and the internal exhaust geometry are not fully understood, limiting the performance capability of current designs.

Working with the Ford Motor company, the aim of this PhD is to use state-of-the-art optical techniques to investigate the complex two-phase interactions involved in SCR-dosing such as liquid-film formation, evaporation and deposit-growth. The understanding provided from this work will enable improved aftertreatment system design and provide insight for computational model validation. Partnering with Ford’s research staff, this project has the potential to reduce harmful NOx emissions across the world.

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. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Fluid mechanics, automotive engineering, optical engineering.

Contact details

Name: Dr Edward Long
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: 01509 227535

How to apply

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

Please quote reference number: EL2018

Funding Notes

This PhD opportunity is fully funded by Ford Motor company through their university research project program. The annual stipend on this project will typically start at £17,553 per annum for a period of 3 years, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees.

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