Engineering (PhD) 2017-18

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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 40,000 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.


Start date:
This research degree has multiple possible start dates including:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
16 / 04 / 2018

Your start date may be decided in agreement with your supervisor.

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.

Most students commence their studies in October at the beginning of each academic year.

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

Contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 1484 473969
Email: researchdegrees@hud.ac.uk

Places available:

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

(this number may be subject to change)

Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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What can I research?

Research topics available for this degree:

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.

Research titleSupervisorsApply
Dataflow programming and FPGA acceleration of computationally-intensive algorithms
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.
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on an MSc by Research is an upper second honours degree (2.1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed
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/
How to apply
Development of a non-invasive flow metering system for the single phase and multiphase flow measurement.
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.
Eligibility
The standard entry requirement for PhD study is a first or upper second-class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a lower second-class honours degree supplemented by a master’s degree, or appropriate relevant work experience, may be acceptable.
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
How to apply
Development of functional composite materials for energy applications
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.
Eligibility
The standard entry requirement for PhD study is a first or upper second-class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a lower second-class honours degree supplemented by a master’s degree, or appropriate relevant work experience, may be acceptable.
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
How to apply
Emission reduction in diesel engine by fuel filtering
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.
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on an MSc by Research is an upper second honours degree (2.1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.
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/
How to apply
Functional surface design - optimisation for drag reduction and enhanced heat transfer
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).
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on an MSc by Research is an upper second honours degree (2.1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.
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/
How to apply
Inverse design of wind turbine blades’ surfaces and shape for ice accretion resistance
Outline
This project will deliver a code for inverse design of blade surface for different climatic conditions. The wind turbine systems incorporating these blades will be expected to be effective in extreme weather conditions. The main benefit of this work will be to increase the efficiency of operation of wind turbines in cold regions which will also contribute to the improvement of turbine safety and lifetime.
Eligibility
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.
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/
How to apply
Meta-MIMO
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.
Eligibility
The standard entry requirement for PhD study is a first or upper second-class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a lower second-class honours degree supplemented by a master’s degree, or appropriate relevant work experience, may be acceptable.
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
How to apply
Radiation Damage in Nanostructures
Outline
Radiation damage in nanostructures is an area of intense scientific research with applications in many areas. For example: the response of semiconductor nanowires to irradiation used to engineer such structures as well as to that experienced when in-service in extreme conditions; the design of radiation-hard nanoporous nuclear materials which derive their resistance from their high surface-to-volume ratios; and the understanding of radiation effects in nanoparticles exposed to extra-terrestrial environments to explore the evolution of the cosmos. The processes behind radiation damage in materials are both complex and dynamic. Therefore, to gain fundamental insights into these phenomena and the mechanisms which drive them, it is invaluable to be able to observe the changes in real-time at the nanoscale at which they occur. The Electron Microscopy and Materials Analysis (EMMA) Research Group at the University of Huddersfield specialises in the investigation of radiation damage in materials using transmission electron microscopy with in situ ion irradiation which allows exactly this type of experiment to be performed. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to use the Microscopes and Ion Accelerators for Materials Investigations (MIAMI-1 and MIAMI-2) facilities at the University of Huddersfield which combine transmission electron microscopes with ion beam systems to allow in situ studies of radiation damage effects at the nanoscale. MIAMI-1 has a track record of research in nanostructures including graphene, gold nanorods, nanodiamonds and semiconductor nanowires. The new MIAMI-2 has recently been completed with £3.5M funding from the United Kingdom’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is a state-of-the-art facility with world-leading experimental capabilities. The PhD candidate appointed to this fully-funded studentship will have the opportunity to work alongside colleagues on existing projects on nanostructures to develop their skills and knowledge before choosing the specific area in which they are most interested in pursuing for their own research.
Eligibility
Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a First Class or Upper Second Class (2:1) honours degree or equivalent in physics, chemistry or other relevant discipline.
Funding
This project attracts a three year, tax-free stipend of £14,553 per year (for 2017/18) payable every four weeks and tuition fees will be covered at Home/EU rates for three years.
Deadline
Standard University deadlines Apply: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
Simulation based inverse design of functional surfaces incorporating artificial roughness exposed to fluid flow
Outline
The aim of the research work is to develop an inverse design methodology to develop a unique surface profile for a required functional performance (flow behaviour) and hence it will involve development of an algorithm to generate surface profiles from geometrical parameters characterising the surface as well as develop molecular flow model for flow near the wall surface having artificially created roughness and establish quantitative dependence of surface parameters with flow features very close to the wall. Furthermore development of computational fluid dynamic simulations (continuum based) for flow over wall surface and establish quantitative dependence of surface roughness parameters with flow features away from the wall will be an essential part of this project.
Eligibility
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.
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/
How to apply
Virtual Tendon - computational framework development for disease prevention and improving the treatment of soft tissues.
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 .
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on an MSc by Research is an upper second honours degree (2.1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.
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/
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

You are advised to take time to investigate the University's website to find out more details about the research we conduct. Please visit the Research section of the website to take a look at the information there.

To find out about the staff in this subject area please visit the subject area page, or alternatively, to look at profiles of any of our academic staff, you can visit our academic staff profile page.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes to aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate research students at the University of Huddersfield is £2,115 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions).

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Scholarships

The University offers a limited number of full and partial fee waivers. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.

Additional Programme costs

Additional programme costs (sometimes known as bench fees) may be charged for research degrees in which there are exceptional costs directly related to the research project. For some subject areas, such as Science and Engineering, these costs could range from £3,000 - £16,000 per year, dependent upon the research project. If you wish to know if these costs will apply to the course you’re interested in, please email the Admissions and Records Office who will direct your query to the relevant department.

Examples of exceptional costs include:

  • Equipment maintenance costs
  • Equipment hire
  • Access costs to specialised equipment
  • Patient/volunteer expenses
  • Tissue/cell culture
  • Special reagents/materials
  • Purchase of laboratory consumables
  • Purchases of additional special permanent laboratory equipment
  • Photography and film processing
  • Video tape filming, recording, CD archiving
  • Specialised computation
  • Travelling costs - where this is integral to the research, it would not normally cover conference attendance except in special circumstances
  • Access to specialist facilities/resources
  • Special statistical packages
  • Access to special databases
  • Data collection costs (eg. postage, envelops and stationary, questionnaire administration)
  • Interview translation and transcription costs.

International

All Postgraduate research students who do not have specific timetabled teaching sessions are required to maintain regular engagement with the University under the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

Information for overseas students with a Tier 4 visa: The University also requires that all overseas students with a Tier 4 visa comply with the requirements set out below:

•  Students are expected to remain in the UK at the address notified to the University until the official end of the academic year.

•  Students are expected to be able to demonstrate, to the University's reasonable satisfaction, that their domestic living arrangements, including their residential location, are conducive to their full engagement with their studies and to their ability to comply with Home Office and University attendance requirements for full time students.

How to apply

To make a formal application, complete the online application form.

This normally includes the submission of a research proposal. Read through the proposal guidelines first to make sure you cover all the information needed, and ensure you include the proposal (if required) when submitting your online application. You can check whether the degree you are applying for requires a proposal by checking the specific course entries.

If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.

Applications are assessed based upon academic excellence, other relevant experience and how closely the research proposal aligns with Huddersfield's key research areas.

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 programme

Individuals working towards the award of PhD are required to successfully complete a programme resulting in a significant contribution to knowledge.

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).

Research skills training

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.

Research supervision

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


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