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Root Cause Analysis of Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) in Electric Powertrains

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Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: ST-WS-201920
Start date of studentship: 01 July 2020
Closing date of advert: 6 May 2020
Interview date:

Primary supervisor: Stephanos Theodossiades
Secondary supervisor: Mahdi Mohammadpour

A PhD studentship is available for a high calibre candidate to join a research team with extensive track record in Automotive Powertrain Engineering. This project focuses on the timely research topic of Electric Powertrains and is a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to work with leading practicing engineers in industry.

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). 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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The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University has a long-established record in automotive powertrain engineering. The Dynamics Research Group is engaged in numerous activities, being widely known for their contributions in numerical and experimental research applied to powertrains, tribodynamics of automotive systems, drivetrain engineering and Noise, Vibration and Harshness phenomena.
Full Project Detail:

The research project aims to investigate the root causes of Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) phenomena in e-powertrains (Electric Vehicles), as generated and amplified by the interactions of the electric motor with the drivetrain. The e-powertrain dynamics will be studied under typical transient (as well as steady state, periodic) operating conditions from a system perspective, in collaboration with Automotive OEM.

Numerical models (virtual prototypes) of the powertrain comprising the electric motor and drivetrain subsystems will be developed, using commercial software and custom-made subroutines. Attention will be made on introducing the effects of local nonlinearities and component flexibility. The models will be validated experimentally in the laboratory. Model validation against experimental measurements obtained from an e-powertrain will be also conducted (pending to a case study availability). The importance of critical design system parameters on e-powertrain NVH will be evaluated and innovative solutions will be sought.

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Applicants seeking additional information are invited to contact Professor Stephanos Theodossiades (e-mail [Email Address Removed]).

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Automotive 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: Dynamics, Mechanical Vibrations, Powertrain Engineering.

Contact details

Name: Prof Stephanos Theodossiades
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 227664

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: ST-WS-201920.

Funding Notes

The studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 p/a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. While 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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