PhD Studentship in Tribodynamics of IC engines Optimisation of IC engine piston system with advanced cylinder liners-lubricant system

In collaboration with BP-Castrol and Capricorn Automotive

Ref: RR190713

Frictional losses in internal combustion engine piston systems accounts for a major source of inefficiency.  In a drive to improve IC technology and fuel efficiency, reduction of parasitic frictional losses is an important undertaking. The research program is focussed on the lubricant-surface combination as a system for optimisation in order to reduce friction. Research involves numerical predictions as well as experimental evaluation of friction from running engines in a controlled test-cell environment. There is strong collaboration with BP-Castrol for lubricant characterisation and with Capricorn Automotive in the development and use of advanced cylinder liners with laser textured surfaces for high performance engine applications.

The research will be carried out in the Dynamics Research Group (DRG) of Wolfson School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University in collaboration with Capricorn Automotive and BP-Castrol. Due to funding restrictions the successful candidate will receive an annual tax free stipend for UK/EU students of £17,554 inclusive of tuition fees of £3,900. Funding is available for the 3 years duration of research.    

A high calibre Mechanical or Automotive Engineering graduate with first class or second class upper division MEng or BEng Honours degree is sought.

Please apply through the following web page by clicking the Apply link below.

Those interested to discuss the position can contact Dr Ramin Rahmani, Tel.: +44 (0) 1509 227669 or Email:

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It is very important to quote the reference: RR190713 on all correspondence and especially on the application form.

Curriculum Vitae will only be accepted if accompanied by a completed standard University application form and other specified information.

Deadline date for applications: Friday 23rd August 2013.

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