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A Model-Based Design Platform to Conjointly Optimise the Performance of the Powertrains and the Associated Energy Management Strategy of the Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Eligibility: UK/EU students only

Award Details: £15,000 Bursary plus tuition fees

Duration: Full Time - 3 years 6 months fixed term

Application deadline: This opportunity will only remain open until a suitable candidate is identified- early application is therefore advised. Standard University research application closing dates apply.

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr. Arash Moradinegade Dizqah to discuss this opportunity.

Congratulations on taking your first steps toward a Research Degree with Coventry’s Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing. As an ambitious and innovative University, we’re investing an initial £100m into our new research strategy, ‘Excellence with Impact’. Through original approaches from world-leading experts, we’re aiming for our research to make a tangible difference to the way we live. As a research student you are an integral part of Coventry’s lively and diverse research community and contribute to our reputation for excellence. With our exceptional facilities and superb support mechanisms you are afforded every opportunity for academic success.

The Project

Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are over-actuated systems and hence an energy management strategy (EMS) is required to optimally distribute the overall torque and yaw moment demands among different powertrains to minimise the overall vehicle energy consumption.

Conventionally, an EMS is developed for an existent HEV; however, the performance of the EMS itself depends on the coupled characteristics of the powertrains. As a result, the development of HEVs requires a system approach where the powertrains and the EMS have to be designed and optimized conjointly. 

In this project, a model-based design (MBD) platform will be developed to characterise the optimal powertrains and the associated optimal EMS of the desired HEV in terms of the energy consumption and emission level.

The research question requires a number of studies that will include:

  • The formulation of the corresponding optimisation problems based on the models of the powertrains and drivers, as well as different possible topologies of the HEV;
  • The development of a fast solver for the above problem whose solution is the optimal characteristics of the drivetrains and the associated optimal EMS;
  • The validation of the performance of the conjoint design and the associated EMS by a hardware-in-loop (HiL) simulation platform.

About the Centre/Department

The Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities has a thriving student community who are integral to the success of the Institute and contribute to our wide-ranging research portfolio.

We take a fresh approach to the challenges facing society by bringing together world-class experts from art and design, human factors, engineering, computer systems and business studies into one focussed Institute. Our work covers automotive, aerospace, maritime and rail transport modes and allows us to take the lead in cross cutting research developing new forms of transport, new forms of manufacturing and new forms of information provision and security. Our research focusses on six key themes:

  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials & Structures
  • Systems
  • Supply Chain
  • Business Environment

We have a unique position in UK universities – with over 140 research staff and 120 PhD research students in the Institute capitalising on our links with Coventry City and its status as a European Living Lab for transport and our close collaboration and joint initiatives with major stakeholders.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will have:

  • 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, or
  • A Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at merit level (60%).
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study
  • Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).


  • Enthusiasm and aptitude for both practical and theoretical activities
  • Demonstrated competence in control theories and mathematical modelling
  • A wish to publish academic research in the highest quality journals
  • Prior knowledge of vehicle systems would be advantageous
  • Prior knowledge of modelling and simulation with Matlab/SIMULINK, Modelica and Python would be advantageous.

Eligibility & Application Procedure


All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.