This project is concerned with exciting new technology focussed on the transfer of electrical power by wireless means. For example, efficient wireless energy transfer can be used either to recharge batteries in electric vehicles from transmitters built in the road or, even more to the point, to provide an alternative means of direct vehicle power. The generation, transmission and delivery of electrical energy is a priority theme both within research councils and within the University of Reading.
This PhD will develop a theoretical model of the Tesla experiment using Maxwell equations and fundamental electronics theory. An analytical understanding of the parameters of the model will allow the derivation of a theoretical value of the power transferred from the source to the device coil. The main assumption is to refine the geometry of the coil to provide an increase in the ratio of power to efficiency. The maximum efficiency will be derived from the set of parameters and different hypothetical cases will be deduced and used to optimise the design of such a high efficiency resonating device.
School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading:
The University of Reading is one of the UK’s 20 most research-intensive universities. Achievements include the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement (1989) and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education (1998, 2006 and 2009). The School of Systems Engineering has a strong reputation for its innovative research in computer science and information systems, cybernetics, and electronic engineering. Our research is highly-regarded nationally and internationally, with demonstrated real-world impact.
How to apply:
(1) Submit an application for a PhD in Electronic Engineering using the link below.
(2) After submitting your application you will receive an email to confirm receipt; email should be forwarded along with a covering letter and full CV to Prof. William Holderbaum ([email protected]
(3) In the online application system, there is a section for “Research proposal” and a box that says “If you have already been in contact with a potential supervisor, please tell us who” – in this box, please enter “Prof. William Holderbaum”.
We welcome applications from self-funded students worldwide for this project.
Students from Brazil: we welcome and support applications for the Science Without Borders Scholarship (Ciência sem Fronteiras).
Applicants should have a bachelors (at least 2.1 or equivalent) or masters degree in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering or a strongly related discipline. Strong skills in electromagnetism and modelling for electromagnetic systems are preferable. Experience in electronics and simulation techniques are desirable.