Engineering (PhD)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

A spirit of collaboration remains at the heart of everything we do and our continuing commitment to excellence in engineering is reflected in the outstanding achievements of our research staff, students and business partnerships.

Start date

17 September 2018

7 January 2019

29 April 2019

Duration

The maximum duration for a part-time PhD is 6 years (72 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring. You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Places available (subject to change)

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473969

The research degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A PhD is a programme of research, culminating in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words (excluding ancillary data).

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:

A Master’s degree or an honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages.

Why choose Huddersfield?


There are many reasons to choose the University of Huddersfield and here are just five of them:

  1. We were named University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2013.
  2. Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Authority.
  3. Our courses have been accredited by 41 professional bodies.
  4. 94.6% of our postgraduate students go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
  5. We have world-leading applied research groups in Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities.

What can I research?

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below for full details of individual research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Outline

The aim of this project is to research the efficiency of FPGA computing compared to CPU/GPU computing, using a novel approach in the form of cross-platform implementation using OpenCL.

OpenCL aims to remove the difficulties that lie within cross-platform programming by using a framework that allows a single design to be implemented on either CPU, GPU, DSP or FPGA. It also encourages the use of heterogeneous systems (for example CPU+FPGA) to improve development time and performances.

The proposed approach is to investigate the efficiency of the CPU, GPU and FPGA platforms through the use of typical distributed computing applications within the fields of engineering and science, with emphasis on computation time, overall development time and energy consumption.

In this project resources available in the School of Computing and Engineering will be used: QGG Campus grid, CPU and GPU clusters, and FPGA hardware, with possible access to Hartree centre - Maxeler FPGA equipment.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Standard University deadlines Apply: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The aim of this project is to develop new composite material with enhanced heat transfer and long lasting super hydrophobic surface properties. This will favour dropwise condensation to take place on a surface and further enhance heat transfer and energy efficiency. This technology can also be applied to heat transfer, power generation, water harvesting, dehumidification, chemical production and water desalination. Development strategy will include evaluation of polymer, ceramic and metal materials. At the same time when optimising physic-chemical properties mechanical strength and machinability will be consider.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Standard University deadlines Apply: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

In the oil-gas fields, slurry flow, gas-in-water two phase flows, and oil-gas-water three phase flows are frequently encountered. Generally, the measurement of volumetric flow rate for each phase is of most interest, especially in subsea oil-gas production applications, where it is essential to obtain oil, water and gas flow rates in inclined oil wells. The problem of how to accurately measure these flow parameters for such complicated flow phenomena, without using expensive test separators and intrusive technique, is a major challenge for the industry. Most conventional multiphase flow meters have severe limitations regarding types of flow and their measurement reliability. Some useful techniques containing radioactive sources are available but they are expensive and potential harmful to humans. Thus, the new developed system will be capable of measuring the local volume fraction local distribution and local velocity distributions of each phase based on tomographic techniques that does not contain a radioactive source.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Standard University deadlines Apply: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The aim of the project is to reduce Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and other emission (THC, NMHC, CO, PM) of engines powered by biodiesel/diesel blends by controlling water/diesel separation ratio in the filtration process. Micro-droplets of water («10 µm) can significantly influence combustion process and currently it is a great challenge to separate water droplets lower than 10 µm. Elimination of water contamination can reduce emissions, improve combustion and performance as well as decrease corrosion of engine elements and potential failure risk.

Due to carbon emission restrictions from fossil fuels, the use of biodiesel mixed with conventional diesel is steadily increasing. Biodiesel is a carbon-neutral alternative to conventional fossil fuel, which has several environmentally beneficial properties. Unfortunately, it is prone to contamination by water, therefore, filtering is of great importance.

This project will analyse the water content in biodiesel fuel and filtration methods will be studied in detail using both experimental and numerical techniques. The objective will be to understand the physical mechanism of dispersed water particle coalescence to enhance diesel /water separation, improve engine performance and reduce overall engine emission.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Standard University deadlines Apply: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The aim of the project is to develop a framework for functional surface design, which will be used for two case studies on surface texture optimisation for drag reduction in the transport industry and in surface design for continuous dropwise condensation process, to significantly increase heat transfer. The surface design framework will be based on the Lattice Boltzmann method. The main innovation in the research will be to use surface hydrophobicity and texture to lower drag, and achieve continuous dropwise condensation process which will have the potential to increase heat transfer rate comparing to filmwise condensation. This research will involve international collaboration with the group at University of Valenciennes in France who specialise in hierarchical surface manufacturing methods. Research will involve mainly development of numerical and analytical methods and models which will be tested numerically on a new HPC facility at Huddersfield (Ascella lnfiniband Cluster) and also experimental validation of developed surfaces in Huddersfield and in Valenciennes (France).

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Standard University deadlines Apply: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Mobile based technologies are considered the biggest technology platform in history, and the next phase of the wireless revolution, 5G based technologies, is predicted to be transformative across society (healthcare, communication, VR, media, education, etc). MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) is an antenna based technology that multiplies the data capacity of wireless technologies by using multiple transmitting and receiving antennas. For optimal operation the multiple antenna elements in MIMO at 60GHz should be spaced approximately 60GHz apart. This proximity causes interference between antenna elements, a parasitic behaviour, that prevents the technology from working correctly. In this project we aim to engineer metamaterials for 5G MIMO applications. Metamaterials are artificial sub- wavelength composite materials, that derive their properties not from their material composition but from their geometry. The project will initially focus on simulations to design novel meta-atom materials to suppress parasitic effects that inhibit MIMO technologies. We will achieve this by first numerically studying the performance of a MIMO antenna. This numerical analysis will enable us to understand the nature of the mutual coupling between antenna elements. Having identified the nature of the mutual coupling we will design/study metamaterials to suppress and control the mutual coupling.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Standard University deadlines Apply: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Tendons are tough, flexible pieces of connective tissue that connect muscles to the skeleton allowing them to efficiently convert muscular force into movement. Any loss of function of tendons leads to pain and loss of mobility and repair is extremely expensive both for the patient and the NHS.

The aim of this PhD project is to develop a well validated, multi-scale computational representation of tendon, which can be used as a tool to understand tendon physiology and pathophysiology, a framework for encapsulating existing and future experimental data knowledge, and a catalyst for directing future laboratory-based investigation. Once the model is up and running, any combination of parameters can be altered to represent different patient types and tissue damage, and the outcomes assessed. Eventually, the project aims to use the virtual tendon to inform therapy options and assess outcomes.

A candidate with engineering background and interest in applying engineering knowledge in medical and biological application is encouraged to apply for this position. This is a unique opportunity to work with individuals and groups from other disciplines and also develop skills in novel engineering areas such image analysis and computational biomechanics .

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Standard University deadlines Apply: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

We offer supervision to PhD level in a wide range of areas where we are carrying out state of the art research.

The School of Computing and Engineering has three institutes and a number of research centres and groups that cover a diverse range of topics within Mechanical and Electronic Engineering:


Institute of Railway Research


Turbocharger Research Institute


Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology


Institute for Accelerator Applications


Centre for Efficiency and Performance Engineering


Centre for Precision Technologies


Adaptive Music Technologies Research Group


Energy, Emissions and the Environment Group


Condition Monitoring and Diagnosis Group


Measurement and Data Analysis Group


Electron Microscopy and Materials Analysis Group


Automotive and Marine Engineering Research Group


Music Technology and Production Research Group


Systems Engineering Research Group

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts’ which features profiles of all our academic staff.

Research community

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

Find out more about our research staff and centres

Research support

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. The Researcher Skills Development Programme supports our researchers to broaden their knowledge, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. It’s important to develop transferable personal and professional skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing researchers at the University of Huddersfield to benefit from Vitae support as well as our own Programme.

We offer skills training through a programme designed to take advantage of technology platforms as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via UniLearn, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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