Formula Student Electric Powertrain Design and Optimisation

MPhil or PhD

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Key facts

Start dates

September 2024

Application deadline

7 June 2024

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3.5 years

Supervisor(s)

Professor Denise Morrey

More details

Bursary p.a.: £19,237, plus £2,000 in year 1 and 3 for project costs. Tuition fees paid by the University.
Interview date: Thursday 13 June 2024

Overview

The Formula Student Team has been very successful in the competition, using an ICE based powertrain for two decades. For the competition in the last three years, the team has moved to an advanced electric powertrain-based solution to align with the current trends in Europe. The solution utilises in-hub motors for a high performance four-wheel drive racing car.

The current electric powertrain relies on off the shelf motors and inverters. This project aims to develop and improve the powertrain through consideration of battery and pack design, the interaction between inverter technology, control, and HV architecture integration. The current motor, inverters and controllers do not account for interactions between sub-systems and, as a result, key attributes such as efficiency do not reach the full potential available within the chosen envelope of hardware and controls.

In addition, the student will become a key member of the Formula Student Team, taking on the role of Project Manager, working closely with the Team Leads.
Brookes Formula Racing Car

How to apply

Entry requirements

We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3.5 years.

English language requirements

Applicants would be expected to have a good relevant Engineering degree. They should be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities, good industrial experience, and be fluent in spoken and written English.

Application process

To apply for this studentship, please see the submission instructions on our website.

When completing your application online, please note the following:
  • Title: “PhD Formula Student Electric Powertrain Design and Optimisation”.
  • Fully completed applications should be submitted by 5.00pm on 7 June 2024.
  • As part of the application process, you must submit your CV, along with a project proposal for your PhD (2 page maximum). Please be advised that the selection process will involve an interview.
Enquiries: Dominic Maitland, dmaitland@brookes.ac.uk

Tuition fees

2024 / 25
Research degree fees and project costs
Tuition fees will be paid by the University. Bursary is £19,237 per annum. £2,000 per annum available in years 1 and 3 to cover project costs.

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2024 / 25
Research degree fees and project costs
Tuition fees will be paid by the University. Bursary is £19,237 per annum. £2,000 per annum available in years 1 and 3 to cover project costs.

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400

financefees@brookes.ac.uk