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PhD in Advanced Thermal Management and in-Instrumentation for Lithium-Ion Batteries

PhD in Advanced Thermal Management and in-Situ Instrumentation for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Project Overview

This project represents a unique opportunity to undertake a fully funded PhD studentship, sponsored by Boyd Technologies Ashington UK Ltd, in the area of thermal management for electric vehicle battery systems. The aim is to demonstrate improved thermal management of high-power battery systems by radically rethinking the thermal management problem - moving away from traditional approaches of air and liquid cooling.

Two-phase heat pipes and encapsulated graphite are enabling technologies for deployment in high performance lithium-ion batteries. Successful integration at either the cell or system scale has the potential to underpin significant improvements in performance and extended life.

The successful PhD candidate will have the opportunity to design, construct, and experimentally validate novel battery concepts that include, but are not constrained too (a) heat pipe superconductors integrated into large format cylindrical cells and (b) flat ultrathin vapour chambers or encapsulated graphite sheets integrated between pouch/prismatic cells or embedded directly into the structure of the battery. Additional novelty will comprise the use of in-cell instrumentation to quantify thermal performance with respect to “core” temperature vs traditional methods of surface temperature evaluation.

The focus of this PhD is primarily on experimental research conducted within the WMG Energy Innovation Centre with agreed periods of on-site work at Boyd Technologies. The researcher will be required to design, implement, and manage novel multidisciplinary experiments to generate the data required to underpin their recommendations and conclusions.

Essential and desirable criteria

Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above in Engineering or equivalent, with a focus on engineering design and numerical analysis. A good understanding of thermodynamics, instrumentation and experimental design. You will need to be pro-active, organised, and able to work well with technicians and laboratory support staff. Experience of software packages such as SOLIDWORKS, MATLAB and COMSOL are desirable.

Funding and Eligibility

£16,062 for 3.5 Years

Funding is available to eligible Home fee statusLink opens in a new window and UK domicile EU students.

To apply

To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

Please ensure you meet the minimum requirements before filling in the online form.

Key Information:

Funding Source: WIF

Stipend: £16,062 for 3.5 Years

Supporting company: Boyd Technologies Ashington UK Ltd

Supervisor: Prof James Marco

Available to UK nationals and Home fees students

Start date: October 2022