PhD Studentship: Turbo-charger Control using a turbo speed sensor (2017)

Turbo-chargers are a central component in modern combustion engines of all sizes. The turbo is typically controlled indirectly with pressure sensors. The University of Sussex has successfully developed a new sensing technology known as the Electro Potential Sensor (EPS) that may be used to measure the speed of the turbo, allowing direct control of the turbo speed. In addition to performance benefits, the EPS is relatively cheap and could be used to replace other sensors.

This project will develop turbo-charger control strategies for the application of the EPS to combustion engines. The project will start with a Simulation phase where control algorithms can be studied in detail, before moving to a test and development phase on the University's engine test facility where the prototype control algorithms would be developed. The project will address both conventional turbo systems and the new electrically assisted turbo systems.

Applications are invited from Mechanical, Automotive or Aerospace Engineering students with a background in Control, 1D CFD, Turbocharging and Simulation. Experience of using Matlab and Simulink would be highly desirable. The applicant would be expected to carry out both simulation and experimental work.

Type of award

Postgraduate Research.


£14,296 stipend plus a fee waiver at the UK/EU rate.


The studentship will include a three year stipend at a standard rate (currently £14,296 per annum) and, in addition, fees at the UK/EU rate. Since the studentship only covers fees at the UK/EU rate, overseas applicants are kindly requested to state in their application how they propose to cover the difference between the UK/EU rate and the overseas fees (for more details visit:


25 March 2017 23:59 (GMT)

How to apply

Apply for a Engineering PhD for September 2017 using this step by step guide:

In the 'Finance information' section of the application form clearly state you are applying for the "PhD Studentship: Turbo-charger Control using a turbo speed sensor".


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Contact us

For informal enquiries about the project contact Prof Peter Fussey, Industrial Research Professor:

For general enquires contact:


Application Deadline: 25/03/2017


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
25 March 2017 23:59 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired