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Wireless energy harvesting in the automotive internet of things (IoT)

   Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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  Dr J Flint, Dr S Theodossiades  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This is a multidisciplinary PhD drawing on our internationally recognised research in Electronic and Mechanical Systems, which offers excellent future employment prospects.

With a rapid move towards cleaner transport and the advent of electric vehicles there is an increasing need for electronic devices. Each requires its own power source or must be attached to the vehicle’s permanent wiring. Energy Harvesting sensors and devices don’t require batteries, avoid inconvenient wiring and are a sustainable technology. They may also be used to enhance functionality, improving driver comfort and can help optimise parameters in the drive train.

The project is about capturing residual mechanical power and radiating it efficiently into the wireless channel in and around a vehicle. It will appeal to prospective students with a strong interest in instrumentation, wireless electronics, sensors, and mechanical systems.

The project will include the following activities:

  • Producing a literature survey on wireless sensors, with a focus on ultra-low power types that are compatible with Energy Harvesters.
  • Developing energy harvesters that are compatible with the sensors.
  • Developing a theoretical model for radiofrequency (RF) wave propagation within an electrical vehicle.
  • Performing laboratory tests for validation of the channel model.
  • Constructing antennas suitable for automotive IoT sensors.
  • System measurement/evaluation.

Existing research in electromagnetics, metamaterials, small antennas, and energy harvesters will underpin the project and provide a solid foundation for the research programme.

A video presentation that explains the research can be found here

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 ‘SAM22'
If awarded, the studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. While we welcome applications from international students, 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 end of March 2022.
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