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Universal Self-powered Sensor Towards Electrification of Propulsion Systems

Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

About the Project

Application details:
Reference number: FP-AH-2020
Start date of studentship: 01 July 2021
Closing date of advert: 25 October

Primary supervisor: Dr Amal Hajjaj
Secondary supervisor: Prof Stephanos Theodossiades

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Full Project Detail

Electric and hybrid vehicles are leading the electrification of propulsion systems. Nevertheless, the successful development and robust performance of electrified propulsion systems require the integration of different types of accurate and robust sensors. Automotive sensors are increasingly attracting researchers due to strict environmental requirements, comfort, electronic stability programs, and safety. The above requires accurate and versatile sensor solutions with enhanced sensitivity and lower power consumption and fabrication cost.

The proposed PhD research project will explore innovate universal self-powered sensing solutions for the next generation of propulsion system by designing and developing new smart sensors that would be integrated with commercial energy harvesting technologies. However, the harsh environment (like automotive powertrains environment) and low-power consumption would be key challenges in successfully implementing this new technology. This would open the window for a universal miniaturized sensor that could be calibrated appropriately depending on the desired application. Applicants should have a strong interest in sensing technology and nonlinear dynamics.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical 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: nonlinear dynamics analysis, computational mechanics, electro-mechanical system analysis/development.

Funding information

The studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 p/a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 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.

Contact details

Name: Dr Amal Hajjaj
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How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering”. Please quote reference number: ‘FP-AH-2020’.

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