PhD Studentship - Sustainable product life cycle and avoidance of Hazardous materials for electrical motors and gears

This is an exciting research opportunity in collaboration with our industry partner Parvalux Electric Motors Ltd.  With over 70 years’ experience creating motors, gearboxes and offer thousands of AC, PMDC and BLDC motor options.
Parvalux Electric Motors Ltd was first established in 1947. The business relocated to Bournemouth on England's south coast in 1957, where it started designing and manufacturing complete gear-motor units for industrial applications. In 2008, Parvalux acquired Essex-based EMD Drive Systems Ltd. and relocated it to Bournemouth, nearly doubling the company's turnover in the process. The Clark Group’s ownership of Parvalux came to an end in December 2018 when maxon motor, the specialist for mechatronic drive systems, acquired the company.

One third of useful energy is lost within the interacting systems due to friction. The economic costs of these losses are in billions of pounds in GDP. Optimisation of frictional losses within interacting system will make “energy savings of around 55% in transportation, 40% in power generation, 25% in manufacturing industry and 20% in residential sector” [source].

Led by BU’s Professor Zulfiqar Khan this project aims to answer the key questions in terms of (i) how to adapt Parvalux design and materials of new motors and gear boxes to allow maintenance or end of life reusability and (ii) which materials currently used in Parvalux motors and gears shall be discontinued or not used in new products development, due to the new RoSH and REACH normative and to which materials they could be replaced to.

Sustainability and people health and safety are crucial topics for all organizations, including Parvalux and therefore gaining knowledge in these areas are an important step for Parvalux future products development processes and guidelines.

This is a fully-funded PhD studentship which includes a stipend of £18,622 each year to support your living costs. 

This project is conditional upon the funding being secured. Previous applicants need not apply. 

Key information

Next start date:

15 April 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


36 months

Entry requirements:

Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA), or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent). For more information check out our full entry requirements