About the Project
The proposed doctorial work will look to develop a platform in aerodynamic understanding from which to directly aid the rail freight industry through the development of new strategies in freight train working and design. The project will be achieved through a range of experimental studies at both model scale using the University of Birmingham TRAIN rig facility and at full scale through trackside and on train measurements.
Prospective students should hold at least a 2:1 Bachelors degree (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]) or a Masters degree (preference for Merit or above) in a relevant technical subject (Engineering, Mathematics or Physics) and should be eligible for H/EU fees. The project is well suited to motivated and hard-working candidates with a keen interest in vehicle aerodynamics. The applicant should have excellent communications skills, including proven ability to write in English.
The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education is a worldwide leading institution for railway research and education, with over 130 academics, researchers and professional support staff. The successful candidate will work in the Wind Engineering and Vehicle Aerodynamics Research Group, which is a fast growing research group with outstanding international reputation and close relationships with the rail industry.
Applicants are encouraged to contact Mark Sterling ([Email Address Removed]) or David Soper ([Email Address Removed]) for an informal discussion.
Useful information about funding opportunities and fees can be found on our website:
For excellent applicants (very good first degree), there is the potential for funding for Home / EU students that will cover fees at the current Home / EU student rate and a stipend. Overseas students are welcome to apply but should note that they will be required to be either completely self-funding, or to make up the difference between Home and Overseas fees.
Flynn F, Hemida H, Baker C (2016) On the effect of crosswinds on the slipstream of a freight train and associated effects, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 156, 14-28
Iliadis, P., Soper, D., Baker, C., & Hemida, H. (2019). Experimental investigation of the aerodynamics of a freight train passing through a tunnel using a moving model. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, 233(8), 857-868.
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