The EPSRC Future Electric Machines Manufacturing Hub and Newcastle University invite applicants to research the mechanical and manufacturing challenges associated with the design, production, assembly, performance and ultimately recycling of the modular electrical machines. Manufacturing technique, tolerance variation, assembly method, thermal, mechanical, and magnetic interface all influence noise, vibration and stability and we want our research to develop, understand and optimise the manufacturing solutions and apply these to new modular machine topologies.
The School of Engineering at Newcastle University are seeking to appoint a researcher with a passion and natural interest in the design and manufacturing of technology.
Joining the EPSRC Future Electric Machines Manufacturing (FEMM) Hub you will be part of a research network including Newcastle, Sheffield and Strathclyde Universities, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center and the Advanced Forming Research Centre. The FEMM hub is aiming to address key manufacturing challenges in the production of high integrity and high value electrical machines for the aerospace, energy, high value automotive and premium consumer sectors.
This is a unique opportunity offering a well-funded research project based at Newcastle University and with access to the FEMM hub team, facilities, training and collaborative opportunities.
This research will focus on the mechanical and manufacturing challenges associated with the design, production, assembly, performance and ultimately recycling of the modular (segmented) electrical machine. Aspects such as design for manufacturing tolerance variation, manufacturing technique, ease of assembly, mechanical stability, thermal, mechanical, and magnetic interface, noise and vibration will feature. Prototype machines and components will be designed, and batches professionally manufactured for detailed assessment and testing.
Along with the optimisation of existing and the development of new modular machine topologies, you will create qualitative and quantitative measurement and assessment methods to define, rank and measure the manufacturability and performance of the modular electrical machine.
You will have access to a suite of engineering simulation packages, a highly equipped mechanical workshop and capable, innovative technical team who can rapidly prototype and assemble components and machines.
You will be a detailed and organised person with an inquisitive mind and a passion to develop theoretical ideas through to working solutions. A blend of skills across manufacturing, technology, engineering, mathematics, simulation, and experimental analysis are ideal and we will help you further develop further in this role.
The appointment is until 31/3/2026 and is offered on a full-time basis (37 hours per week).
For informal queries regarding the role, please contact Dr Glynn Atkinson, Reader in Electrical Machines at Glynn.Atkinson@Newcastle.ac.uk
The Closing date for applications is 5th May 2023