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PhD researcher sought to help test huge car electrical system that will stretch from Newcastle to London

Car battery researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have just bought specialist “Hardware-in-the-Loop” high power computing equipment.

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This will connect real time high tech battery research testing at the University of Warwick with simultaneous tests on real advanced hybrid electric vehicle components at five other universities.

Now WMG are looking to recruit a PhD research student to run the battery test while connecting it to an England wide simultaneous test of a vehicle’s electrical systems.

The new equipment was funded through the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre working with industry in the programme MUSTER: Multi User Systems Testing Environment for Research programme –

The research project which will then use this new equipment to simultaneously link six real advanced technology vehicle electrical systems in: Bath, Brighton, Loughborough, Nottingham, Newcastle, Warwick, is called VCHV (the Virtually Connected Hybrid Vehicle project). More information of that project is at

This project creates a collaborative PhD network across 6 universities (including WMG at the University of Warwick), and it is led by and funded through the Digital Engineering & Test Centre in London who will also centrally monitor the connected experiments.

Anyone interested in applying for the PhD studentship in WMG at the University Warwick should look at these details: NB applications close on 30th April


Professor David Greenwood at WMG said:

“Together these two initiatives (MUSTER and VCHV) provide us with an exciting opportunity to develop and demonstrate an innovative solution for hybrid electric vehicle product development. This has the potential to have a real impact on efficiency and development costs for vehicle manufacturers and to allow more robust and reliable products for consumers”.

APC Chief Executive, APC, Ian Constance said:

Our Spoke community brings together academia and industry to share best practice, expertise and facilities in the UK.

“MUSTER will provide open access to an infrastructure of six world-leading test facilities throughout the UK, significantly reducing research and development time and costs allowing SMEs to become more competitive and engage with academia, while providing the UK with unique facilities to attract further investment from leading research companies around the globe.”

For further information please contact:

Lisa Barwick - Head of Marketing & Communications, WMG
Tel: 024 7652 4721 or 07824 540845
Email: L dot Barwick at warwick dot ac dot uk


Peter Dunn, Director of Press and Policy
University of Warwick
Tel UK 024 76523708 office
07767 655860 mobile
Tel Overseas: +44 (0)24 76523708 office +44 (0)7767 655860 mobile/cell
Email p dot j dot dunn at warwick dot ac dot uk