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  The Cutting-Edge of Automotive Innovation: PhD Studentship in Machine Element Design and Tribology

   Department of Mechanical Engineering

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  Prof Karl Dearn, Dr Amir Hajiyavand  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Project Focus:

Drive into the heart of automotive innovation with this industry-led PhD project at The University of Birmingham and Nylacast Automotive Group! Focused on advancing polymer worm and steel gear wheels in electric power steering (EPS) systems, this research explores their tribological properties, impacting weight reduction and gear performance in electric power steering systems. You will delve into the intricacies of polymer gear design, addressing challenges in mechanical power transmissions and enhancing efficiency, NVH, and durability. You'll conduct experiments under varied conditions using state-of-the-art equipment and advanced methodologies, including CAE tools and SEM. This project offers the chance to make a significant, tangible impact on the future of automotive technology. Join us in reshaping the world of automotive engineering!

Why This Specialized Project?

• Targeted Research: Be part of an industry-focused study to improve specific aspects of automotive engineering – weight reduction, improved efficiency and NVH with polymer gears.

• Industry-Led Innovation: Collaborate on a project guided by the automotive industry's needs and insights.

• Redefine Gear Technology: Develop lighter, more efficient, and durable gear systems for future vehicles.

The Role:

As our PhD researcher, you will:

• Specialize in Polymer/ Steel Transmissions: Focus on the unique combination of polymer worm gears and steel gear wheels, a crucial component in automotive EPS engineering.

• Master Advanced Techniques: Use state-of-the-art equipment to test and improve gear performance under various conditions.

• Innovate and Optimize: Create a step-change in the correlative characterisation of interfaces embedded in EPS systems and apply your findings to develop gears that set new standards in transmission design.

Who We're Looking For:

- Focused Innovators: You are deeply interested in automotive gear systems and eager to contribute to specialised research in this area.

- Academic Excellence: You have a solid academic background with a master’s degree at a 2:1 level (or above) in a relevant subject, e.g., Mechanical Engineering, Polymers/Materials Science, or a related field, especially in areas pertinent to automotive gear technology.

- Dedicated Researchers: You are committed to advancing polymer gear performance in EPS systems.

- Effective Collaborators: You thrive in multidisciplinary teams and value the insights from the industry.

Why Choose The University of Birmingham?

- Be at the Forefront: Engage in pioneering research that is set to reshape automotive gear technology.

- Collaborate with Industry Leaders: Work closely with our project partner, Nylacast Automotive Group, gaining invaluable industry insights.

- Enjoy a World-Class Environment: Benefit from our modern, well-equipped labs and be part of a vibrant academic and professional community.

Take the Wheel of Innovation:

Join us in steering automotive gear technology into a new era! Apply for this PhD studentship and participate in a project that drives the future of automotive engineering.


UoB: Prof K D Dearn and Dr A Hajiyavand;

Nylacast Automotive Group: Dr. Carlos N. Barbosa, Dr. Tom Hardy.

Application Details:

Submit your application through the University of Birmingham's electronic system to embark on this exciting journey. We're gearing up for groundbreaking discoveries – join us! For further details, contact Professor Karl Dearn ([Email Address Removed]).

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