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Digital Toolset for (Hybrid) Electric Propulsion System Design, Control Development and Cost Analysis

PhD in Digitial Toolset for (Hybrid) Electrical Propulsion Design, Control Development and Cost Analysis

Project Overview

Motivation – The recent report by the Committee on Climate Change ‘Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming’ recommends that the UK legislate a 100% reduction in greenhouse gases (GHGs) by 2050 (from 1990), covering all sectors of the economy including shipping and land-based heavy duty vehicles. The clear research challenge in both scientific research and business is to optimise efficiency in production whilst reducing cost and emissions.
Aims – This project is to develop a new model-based digital toolset which can be used across the product development lifecycle from concept design to component selection – sizing, control development and life cycle cost analysis. The primary aim of this tool is with a focus on marine and land-based heavy duty vehicle applications but also capable of extending to other sectors.
Strength of the Collaboration - This PhD project seeks to build on the success of the collaborative R&D project between Babcock and WMG on a number of projects: Innovate UK funded APMS (Agile Power Management Systems) for marine vessels project (2016 – 2018); MarRI-UK funded FC-BATShip (Advanced Power-Energy Management for Next Generation Marine Propulsion Systems: Fuel Cell–Battery Hybrid Ship) (2020-2021).
Main Objectives - (1) To develop a low fidelity model, allowing component selection and sizing study with a fixed number of propulsion architectures and energy storage options (Y1-Y2); (2) To develop a low fidelity model and a basic control framework (state machines) for different architectures will be supported as a library of the tool to allow rapid control development and evaluation (Y2-Y3); (3) To implement a simple cost model to support life cycle cost analysis (Y3-Y4-half); (4) To disseminate the scientific outcomes through high-ranking journals and presentations at renowned international conferences/workshops; (5) To expand the capability of the IP already developed and potentially enable Babcock to exploit this in the market, either through licensing or subcontracting system build, integration and through-life support.
Research Strategy Alignment - This project is strongly aligned with two themes of the ‘Energy’ GRP of Warwick: Low Carbon Transport and Energy Management. It leverages the automotive know-how developed at WMG for technology transfer into the marine and other sectors.
Management Strategy - The student will be managed by WMG, the University of Warwick, on a day-to-day basis with regular input from Babcock (fortnightly meetings).

Essential and desirable criteria

Prospective candidates are expected to have a minimum 2.1 undergraduate (BEng, MEng, BSc, MSci) and/or postgraduate masters’ qualification (MSc) with 65% or above.

Engineering background, particular in fields of system modelling, simulation and control.

Student needs to have experience in MATLAB/Simulink and analytical skills.

Having relevant background in any transportation sectors is desired but not essential.

Funding and Eligibility

Standard Research Council Maintenance Award of £15,285 for 3.5 years. Funding is available to eligible Home fee status and UK domicile EU students.


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Key Information

Funding Source: Warwick Industrial Fellowships (WIF) with industry funder Paragraf Ltd

Stipend: Standard Research Council Maintenance Award is available for 3.5 years: £15,285

Supervisor: Dr Truong Dinh Quanq

Available to eligible Home fee status and UK domicile EU students

Start date: 7th February 2022