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Thermal management of electric vehicles with next generation battery technology

   Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

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About the Project

Next-generation battery technologies, such as solid-state electrolytes, and lithium-metal anodes, have the potential for step-change improvements in battery pack energy storage and performance.

However, these batteries have different operating conditions and thermal behaviour to current lithium-ion batteries which need to be considered to maximise system-level performance.

This project will investigate the design and operation of vehicle thermal management systems (VTMS) using next-generation battery technology. It will build and utilise a combination of numerical modelling and experimental studies to investigate the system-level performance of next-generation batteries.

This will include cold-start strategies, high ambient temperature operation, rapid charge, and cabin climate control. It is anticipated this project will help inform thermal management system design and control strategies for improved electric vehicles.


Primary supervisor: Ashley Fly

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in science or engineering. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in automotive, chemical, electrical or materials engineering will be an advantage.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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How to apply

All applications should be made online and must include a research proposal. Under the programme name, select 'Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering'. Please quote the advertised reference number AACME-23-003 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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Funding Notes

UK fee
£4,596 full-time degree per annum
International fee
£25,100 full-time degree per annum
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
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