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Small, high efficiency, low cost appliance UPS

Design a small, high efficiency UPS that is able to interface with house hold appliances (for example a fridge, or TV/entertainment unit) or even lighting circuits. Whilst there is power available from the grid, the system will charge a battery as well as provide power to the appliance through an AC-DC-AC rectifier/unfolding circuit. Should the grid power become unavailable, the system will then almost instantaneously start providing power from the battery through an inverter.The aim will be to produce the …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Modelling and simulation of industrial processes and products

Industrial processes and products can be described as 'multi-problems' in that they are often multi-scale, multi-phase and multi-component in nature. The analysis of such problems sits in the exciting nexus of applied mathematics, physical science and engineering science.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Advanced materials for future rechargeable battery technologies

Rechargeable batteries are used as energy sources for many devices, including electric vehicles, mobile phones and portable computers. Since today’s world is becoming more dependent on portable and wearable IT equipment, there is a huge demand for the rapid development of rechargeable battery technologies with a long cycle life and low environmental pollution. Moreover, the depletion of fossil fuels has drawn significant attention to renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and tidal. These energy sources are seasonal and require …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Synthesis of electode materials for all carbon based batteries

Chemical batteries are listed in the top five key energy technologies ahead of others such as:natural gaswind turbineshydrogenelectric motors.We are currently investigating the use of polymers containing free-radicals as avenues to produce environmentally friendly, lightweight and durable materials for the fabrication of printed carbon batteries or as a catholyte in redox flow batteries.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Fabrication and characterisation of high performance battery materials

In the current era of Li-ion batteries, there is an ever-growing demand for even higher energy densities to power mobile devices with increased power consumption and to extend the driving range of electric vehicles. The energy density of a rechargeable battery is determined mainly by the specific capacities and operating voltages of the anode and the cathode. In recent years, active materials have been the main focus of research.Alloy-type Si, Sn, P and Al anodes are demonstrating great promise with …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

The reduction of multi-scale porous electrode models using approximation methods

Two-phase porous electrodes are at the heart of many modern day energy storage technologies such as batteries and solar cells. To effectively simulate the operation of these structures a multi-scale mathematical modelling approach is required. This approach results in a system of stiff, coupled, nonlinear partial differential equations that require numerical solution.

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

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