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PhD scholarship in Diesel Engine Tribology, Denmark


DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within the field of mechanics, including mechanical properties of materials, strength and vibration analyses, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, safety theory and control engineering.

The study is funded partly by the European Community through the Horizon 2020 project Hercules-2 and partly by DTU. More than 30 universities and private companies are involved in the Hercules-2 project.

The present study will consider lifetime performance improvement of the piston- ring/cylinder-liner friction and wear by optimization of the lubrication system in large two-stroke diesel engines. The overall aim is reduced lifetime maintenance, operating cost, friction and wear, lubrication rate and particle emissions.

MAN Diesel & Turbo SE is the largest manufacturer of two-stroke marine diesel engines and will take part in the project.

The Ph.D. study should commence by May 1st, 2015.

Responsibilities and tasks
The study will include work in the areas:

  • Investigation of the flow of the cylinder lubricating oil.
  • Development of new test setups and modification of existing test rigs to enable the current research activities.
  • Experimental investigation of the basic transport mechanisms involved in the free/forced flow of the lubricant injected into the cylinder liner of a large two-stroke marine diesel engine.
  • Validation/tuning of the theoretical models with the experimental findings.
  • A comparative test on a two-stroke marine test engine for model verification.

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Research Engineer, PhD Anders Vølund, MAN Diesel & Turbo SA and Professor Peder Klit, DTU Mekanik.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The primary workplace will be at DTU Lyngby Campus. The secondary workplace will be at MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, Copenhagen. The work will be done in close collaboration with MAN Diesel & Turbo SE.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peder Klit, tel: +45 4525 6267.

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Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

Please submit your online application no later than March 31st, 2015. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (an official translation into English)
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 31 March 2015

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