Light Weight Instrument Panel (IP) Cockpit System

Optimisation of automotive structures for mass reduction; including topology, materials and production techniques. This project is associated with ATLAS and supported by Ford Research Innovation Centre, Michigan.

Value and duration

3 years for the value of $31,298 per annum.

Number of scholarships available

One

Eligibility

Relevant Bachelors degree

How to apply

Prospective candidates will be required to submit an application for admission to the PhD Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (DR216) as per instructions available on the School of Engineering website.

Once you have submitted your application, you should contact Associate Professor Martin Leary, and provide:

  • copy of academic transcripts
  • CV
  • statement of interest

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview to discuss the project and expected outcomes.

Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.

The expected project start date is September 3, 2018.

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications will close on the 23 June 2018

Terms and conditions

Read the Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions (PDF 327KB).

Further information

Personnel: This project will provide an excellent opportunity for an automotive focussed engineer to engage directly with Ford Australia and USA. The graduate will have a strong interest in automotive design and will be able to work autonomously and in interaction with teams to deliver industrially relevant PhD quality research. Key skills include: numerical analysis, CAE, CAD and a capability or interest in developing custom Matlab scripts to automate the design.

Objectives: High-level optimisation of Instrument Panel (IP) for mass reduction; including optimisation of topology, materials, production processes and joining techniques. A formal systems approach will be developed to integrate and optimise instrument panel and associated components, including electronics, restraints, steering system, pedal system and HVAC. The output should be a CR (Concept Ready) design, which could then be brought to AR (Application Ready) status. The design will include the combination of elements from the steering column fully integrated into the IP structure and possibly the incorporation of the pedals into the IP Assembly.

Outcomes: The methods developed in this project will allow rapid identification of efficient design architectures early in the IP design phase, including opportunities for optimisation of topology and material selection. The integration of components and materials results in system interactions with NVH and assembly. The effects of these interactions should be measured such that the optimal practical IP architecture can be quickly identified.

A formal systems approach will be developed to integrate and optimise instrument panel and associated components, including electronics, restraints, steering system, pedal system and HVAC. The output should be a CR (Concept Ready) design, which could then be brought to AR (Application Ready) status. The design will include the combination of elements from the steering column fully integrated into the IP structure and possibly the incorporation of the pedals into the IP Assembly.

Location: RMIT University, Ford Australia, Ford Research Innovation Centre, Dearborn MI

Contact

Associate Professor Martin Leary

martin.leary@rmit.edu.au

+61 9925 6108