Virtual Validation of Engineered Complex Systems PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Not available
Reference number:
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
February 2018



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Project detail

Engineering complex systems such as aircraft, automobiles, trains etc., rely on extensive modelling and simulation before they are realised as products and enter service. Supporting this process is the need for a range of increasing fidelity mock-ups or prototypes to test where possible every aspect of the system from user interaction through to performance evaluation. However, the closer design faults are discovered nearer the finished product the more expensive it is to correct the fault or make subtle design changes that have expensive knock on costs.

This studentship will focus on enabling research that will look at bringing the validation (known as virtual validation) closer to the early design stages rather than at the manufacturing stage. This brings important research challenges of how to reliably perform virtual validation on a computer model/simulation of the product long before it is built. This is a new aspect to co-simulation where elements of a complex product can be simulated simultaneously (possibly at different geographic locations) to create, for example, a whole vehicle simulation. New techniques involving virtual reality with model based engineering will be used to provide a comprehensive virtual validation environment. This is anticipated to be the next breakthrough in engineering since it will involve a paradigm shift in current working practices.

Primary supervisor: Prof Roy S. Kalawsky

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or Computer Science related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in these subjects would also be advantageous. 

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: SFRK032017