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Self-Powered Sensing for Real-Time Monitoring in Industry 4.0

Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Dr H Fu , Dr S Theodossiades No more applications being accepted Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

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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Real-time monitoring is one of the key challenges in many industrial applications, including manufacturing, autonomous driving and structural health monitoring, to ensure the quality and robustness of the products, to evaluate the conditions of infrastructure or to improve the manufacturing efficiency and safety. However, when monitoring systems are distributed over a large area in a large number, power supply (chemical batteries) for wireless sensors would need replacement and/or recharging regularly, requiring human involvement, and adding inconvenience.

Converting environmental energy, such as vibration, thermal gradient or light, into electricity is one of the potential solutions to obtain a self-powered autonomous system.

This PhD research project will investigate innovate self-powered sensing solutions for the next generation manufacturing process by developing and integrating vibration energy harvesting and low-power sensing technologies. Real-time monitoring of industry systems and their specific operating conditions will be used as targeted case studies (such as renewable energy, automotive, and manufacturing). Energy harvesters and wireless sensing systems will be designed and integrated according to system requirements. Applicants should have a strong interest in energy harvesting and low-power sensing electronics.
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Research Themes on Dynamics and Manufacturing ( and the Centre of Biological Engineering ( at Loughborough University.
Entry requirements
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering or Electrical and Electronic Engineering) or a related subject.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Vibration energy harvesting, nonlinear dynamics analysis, low-power sensing electronics and electromechanical system development. A willingness to learn new skills and solve research problems is compulsory. Applicants are encouraged to informally register their interest with the primary supervisor.
How to apply
All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: SAM01/2020#2

Start date of studentship: 01 Jan 2020

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 ‘SAM’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.

If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,285 p/a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,407 p/a). 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. Successful candidates will be notified by 21 September 2020.

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