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Advanced Battery Diagnostics for Ultra-fast Charging, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #541 (QS) Coventry, United Kingdom
Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Advanced Battery Diagnostics for Ultra-fast Charging aiming to develop and demonstrate advanced diagnostic techniques enabling safe, ultra-fast charging of lithium ion batteries.
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Overview

Lengthy charging times are a key drawback for Li-ion batteries in consumer applications such as portable electronics and electric vehicles.  Current Li-ion battery chemistries have shown potential for much faster charging (up to around 7x faster than manufacturer’s specifications) whilst still remaining within a safe electrochemical and thermal operating envelope.

However, to operate at these higher charging rates requires diagnostic capabilities beyond those typically offered by battery management systems, which rely on measurements of voltage, current and temperature often based on a fraction of the cells in the system. 

New diagnostic techniques capable of detecting fault conditions in real-time are required in order to advance the state-of-the-art in battery management and enable faster charging.

Structure

Electrochemical Harmonic Analysis (EHA) is an emerging technique that has recently been demonstrated for state-of-health estimation  and ex-situ (post-mortem) detection of lithium plating.  This Advanced Battery Diagnostics for Ultra-fast Charging project from Coventry University aims to develop this technique (and others) through a combination of electrochemical modelling and practical experimentation on state-of-the-art instrumented Li-ion cells, in order to demonstrate its feasibility for real-time diagnostics and control of ultra-fast charging processes.

The student will carry out the work at the Coventry University Centre for Advanced Low-carbon Propulsion System (C-ALPS) using the research groups battery manufacturing and testing equipment, in close collaboration with the industrial partner – FEV. FEV are a global automotive engineering consultancy with over 4000 engineers and researchers worldwide.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 - 3.5 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Training and Development

  • The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
  • All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 
PLUS 
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 

Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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