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Vibration and Acoustic Engineering: Transfer Path Analysis measurement methods & Condition Monitoring

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The studentship is fully funded and includes:

• A fee waiver
• A stipend of £16,298 p.a. for 4 Years
• All bench fees and consumable costs
• Funds specifically allocated for conference travel

Please contact Dr. A. Elliott as soon as possible for full details of how to apply:
Cut-off date 31st July 2017. The candidate must be in a position to register by October 1st 2017.


An exciting and fully funded PhD studentship has arisen from vibro-acoustic research in the area of automotive transfer path analysis and structure borne noise at the University of Salford. Over the past 10 years this research has been applied in numerous industrial sectors including automotive, energy, environment and aerospace. Recent industry collaborations we can mention publicly include projects with Boeing, Dyson and Bentley Motors.

The PhD studentship relates to the prediction of noise external to vehicles and machines based on knowledge of vibration source behaviour and sound transmission paths. Of primary interest are the individual contributions from different noise sources to the external sound field but also of interest is the possibility to identify changes in sound transmission paths e.g. due to a fault. The PhD research topic therefore includes both condition monitoring and vibro-acoustic noise prediction. This is a fantastic opportunity to specialise in noise and vibration measurement techniques that are urgently needed globally by many industries. Potential career paths following the PhD will be numerous with possibilities in both industry and academia.

The successful applicant will be well supported by weekly meetings with the academic team and through regular meetings with the industry sponsor. Attendance at national and international conferences is highly encouraged to enable the candidate to make industrial contacts and build up a research network. Furthermore, the Acoustics Research Centre’s world leading research in this field will equip the candidate with a rare and highly marketable skill set.


The candidate must have a good understanding of applied mathematics and engineering ideally including acoustics. A background in acoustic and/or vibro-acoustics measurements would be highly desirable. Experience of using MATLAB for data processing is essential.

Candidates will hold a minimum of an upper 2nd class degree in a relevant subject area. Completion of a relevant Masters degree is desirable but not essential. The project will require the application and development of a range of advanced measurement techniques such as transfer path analysis and will require the use of multichannel data acquisition systems. Experience of such measurement systems is desirable but not necessarily expected. However, the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate general laboratory experience and will have excellent practical skills.


This studentship is only available to students with settled status in the UK, as classified by EPSRC eligibility. https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

Enquiries may be made to Dr Andrew Elliott by email:

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