POSTGRADUATE ENGINEER – Powertrain Research
PROJECT START: As soon as a successful candidate is found.
PROJECT DURATION: Twelve Months
LOCATION: University of Warwick, Coventry UK
POSTING END DATE: 23/09/18
This project is offered to those who are pursuing a postgraduate degree (at least MSc or equivalent) as a part of the Research Postgraduate Placement Scheme. All placements are offered on a fixed term contract and must complete within twelve months, or sooner if specified in the start and completion information as part of this specification. You will agree with your manager on a suitable start and finish time and project objectives aligned with your technical interests and business needs. Students must already have a Right to Work in the UK visa for the complete duration of the placement, and be able to undertake 40 hours per week, each week, for the duration of the project.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
The internal combustion engine is not dead! The advent of hybridisation offers a wealth of new opportunities to make gasoline engines cleaner and more efficient than ever before and at the heart of it all lies combustion. The gasoline combustion research team investigates and evaluates advanced concepts and technologies that will help power future Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.
Split cycle engines have been demonstrated as a novel approach to significantly improve the fuel efficiency of future internal combustion engines. However, there are a number of challenges which must be overcome if they are to become mainstream in light-duty vehicles.
During this Postgraduate placement, you’ll provide an in-depth assessment and recommendation on the suitability of a novel, highly efficient split cycle gasoline combustion engine that could feature as part of a propulsion system in future Jaguar Land Rover hybridised vehicles.
The project will mostly be simulation based however there will be plenty of opportunity for real engine testing.
The project will be broken down into the following deliverables:
· A literature review to demonstrate understanding of current state-of-the-art for split cycle combustion and identify relevant areas for new research
· A proposal on how such a split-cycle engine could be integrated into future hybridised propulsion systems
· The creation of a 1D numerical model of such a split cycle engine using GT Power, validated where possible against real engine data and used to evaluate the potential thermal efficiency benefits
· A drive cycle simulation to evaluate the fuel economy benefits of a split cycle engine in a representative vehicle
· A final report detailing the work above and making a recommendation on the suitability of a split cycle gasoline engine in future products including next steps where applicable
You’ll work day to day within the gasoline combustion research team. You will also liaise with the hybridisation and electrification research team and the wider powertrain strategy team to understand how such an engine could be applied and of most benefit to future powertrain systems. You will also work with members of the powertrain research CAE team to receive support with using GT Power and vehicle drive cycle simulations.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
It is essential that you are currently pursuing a graduate degree in a Mechanical Engineering related discipline and hold minimum 2:1 BEng Degree (or equivalent) in an engineering based subject with understanding of both degree level thermodynamics and heat transfer. You’ll also need to have internal combustion engines knowledge and the ability to use MS Office suite.
It would be desirable if you have the ability to use the following: GT Power; MATLAB and AVL Concerto. An awareness of vehicle hybridisation and future mobility trends and 1D numerical model development and validation would be desirable but not essential. A resilient self-starter with the ability to resolve technical challenges with limited guidance, you’ll be able to deliver results under pressure, whilst responding constructively to new ideas and inputs.
Bring all this to the home of premium innovation, and you’ll find the opportunities to further your career with a world-class team, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, membership of a competitive pension plan and performance related bonus scheme. All this and more makes Jaguar Land Rover the perfect place to continue your journey.
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