Applying advanced thermal management and optimisation methods to e-scooters and e-motorbikes

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)

Duration: Full-time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 11th May 2020

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2020

For informal discussion please contact Dr Evangelos Gkanas.

Introduction

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in the development of advanced thermal management systems for an electric motorcycle drivetrain.  Hub motors and battery systems are rudimentary, and experience thermal management issues, particularly in hot climates. There is opportunity to improve their performance, lifespan, and safety, and to extend their use to higher power output applications (e-motorcycles). The PhD student will work to address the challenges currently faced by the light-electric vehicle industry, to develop an improved drivetrain that leverages and expands upon our research into adjoint-optimised cooling, and advanced thermal management systems. We will develop and demonstrate an electric drivetrain prototype using rigorous theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies, to be disseminated via the publication of high-quality scientific papers, and attendance of International conferences. The student is expected to work along experienced researcher’s expert in the field and close to industrial partners.

About the project

The studentship will work to address the challenges currently faced by the light-electric vehicle industry, to develop an improved drivetrain that leverages and expands upon our research into adjoint-optimised cooling2, and advanced thermal management systems3. We will develop and demonstrate an electric drivetrain prototype using rigorous theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies, to be disseminated via the publication of high-quality scientific papers, and attendance of International conferences.

Funding

Fully funded PhD studentship, which includes bursary plus tuition fees.

Benefits

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 
    PLUS 
    the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
Additionally

Experience with CFD software, such as STAR-CCM+ and ANSYS.

Experience with Multiphysics software, such as COMSOL Multiphysics.

 

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Evangelos Gkanas and Dr James Jewkes.

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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