The research in this doctoral opportunity will investigate Tribomechanics of mechanical contacts under extremely high speeds. Read more Read less

The current trend of fully electric and hybrid vehicles is revolutionizing the automotive industry and geared up the speed of rotatory components up to 70000 rpms and more. This lead the tribology on mechanical contacts of these components in to new zone of uncertainty. The influence of lubrication on these components requires a new description. The Tribomechanics will require different modelling assumptions from the existing ones. In this research opportunity, Tribomechanics of rotatory components such as gears and bearing will be experimentally correlated with their operating performance at very high speeds. Customized test rig will be designed and developed to perform the experiments. The outcome of the research will be used to highlight the key influencing tribomechanical properties and their behaviour on extremely high operating speeds.

About the host University/ Centre

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for transformational research and education in technology and management. Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) has recognised 81% of Cranfield’s research as world leading or internationally excellent in its quality. Every year Cranfield graduates the highest number of postgraduates in engineering and technology in the UK (Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency Ltd). Cranfield Manufacturing is one of eight major themes at Cranfield University. The manufacturing capability is world leading and combines a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates design, technology and management expertise. We link fundamental materials research with manufacturing to develop novel technologies and improve the science base of manufacturing research.

The Through-life Engineering Services (TES) Centre are among the world leaders in through-life approaches for high value systems, Condition monitoring, Damage tolerance, Asset management. TES was developed with the support of EPSRC grant of £ 11 million with the aim to develop research excellence and address the research problems in the sector of Through-life Engineering services. TES Centre is providing its state of the art academic and research services to industrial clients such as Boeing, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Meggitt, Thales, MOD, Bombardier, QinetiQ, Thales, Network Rail, Schlumberger and Alstom.

At a glance

  • Application deadlineOngoing
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start dateAs soon as possible
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU, Rest of World
  • Reference numberSATM118

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area (e.g. aerospace, automotive, mechanical, and manufacturing) with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 6.5).

Also, the candidate is expected to:

  • Have excellent analytical, reporting and communication skills
  • Be self-motivated, independent and team player
  • Be genuine enthusiasm for the subject and technology
  • Have the willing to publish research findings in international journals

Funding

Self-funded

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.


How to apply

Before completing the application documentation please contact Dr Muhammad Khan for an initial informal discussion about this opportunity. Please include the keyword PhD Studentship-Self Funding in the subject field. 

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form.

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