PhD program in Mechanical and vehicle engineering

XXXIX cycle - a.y. 2023/2024

Duration 3 years
Position 22 position available - 15 scholarships
Director/Coordinator Prof. Alberto Muscio
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Admission Expiration date 27/07/2023 at 13:00
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Final ranking Published 07/09/2023
Enrollment deadline 14/09/2023 at 13:00:00

Scientific areas

ING-IND/06 (Fluid Dynamic), ING-IND/08 (Fluid Machines), ING-IND/10 (Technical Physics), ING-IND/13 (Applied Mechanics for Machinery), ING-IND/14 (Mechanical Design and Machine Building), ING-IND/15 (Design and Methods for Industrial Engineering), ING-IND/16 (Production Technologies and Systems), ING-IND/17 (Mechanical Industrial Plants), ING-IND/21 (Metallurgy), MAT/08 (Numerical Analysis), IUS/02 (Comparative Private Law)

Admission requirements

Italian second level degree (laurea specialistica, under D.M. 509/99 or laurea magistrale, under D.M. 207/04) or Italian degree obtained prior to D.M. 509/99 or equivalent qualification obtained abroad.
More information available in the Call.


The course deals with subjects on Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering. In the present Cycle, the Course is structured around two curricula: Mechanical Engineering and Vehicle Engineering. This characterization responds to a specific need of the territory, and in particular to industrial interests (local but not exclusively), aimed at deepening the research topics related to the design and development of all vehicle components.

The educational objectives, common to all PhD students, are: advanced training in the various areas of industrial engineering; education to the scientific and technological research; development of the attitude to research and to international scientific cooperation; ability to interact with the industrial and economic district. More specifically, the issues considered fall within the specific areas listed below. Aim of the course is also the development of soft skills such as those that distinguish the E4E Doctoral School (Engineering for Economics - Economics for Engineering), of which this Course is part.

Personalized educational plans are designed in order to provide the specific competences needed for the development of the assigned research plan. More in details, the specific areas covered are provided below.

Mechanical Engineering: the curriculm aims at providing hard skills of relevance for researchers and engineers in the field of industrial technology, of optimization of the industrial process, of engineering of products and of identification of materials. In particular:

- Modelling, design and optimization of fluid machines, hidraulic systems;
- Identification and development of new technologies and strategies related to the production and use of renewable energies (biomass, photovoltaic, etc.) and green energy carriers (hydrogen, biofuels, e-fuels);
- Development of products and processes, design of mechanical systems through simulations and virtual prototype, design of production lines;
- Production of reticular structures for prosthetic applications, development of additive manufacturing technologies based on alternative energy sources and using innovative metal alloys, evaluation of the sustainability of industrial processes;
- Criteria, methods and mathematical models that govern the choice, design and management of industrial plants, also developing the issues of measuring the performance of logistic/production systems and health and safety in the workplace;
- Selection and characterization of materials and the engineering of surfaces and coatings, to improve the performance of mechanical components, including resistance to wear and corrosion.

Vehicle Engineering: the curriculum aims at offering the most advanced level of training for researchers, designers and system managers, with high qualifications in the various fields and aspects of the vehicle industry in its various forms, capable of carrying out and also coordinating research and development in areas such as:

- Vehicle fluid dynamics: external aerodynamics and internal fluid mechanics;
- Analysis and simulation of conventional and innovative propulsion systems (such as internal combustion engines, fuel cells and hybrid systems);
- Use of alternative fuels and energy vectors with reduced energy and environmental impact (e-fuels, bio-fuels) for the de-carbonisation of propulsion systems;
- Management and optimization of flows of energy in thermal, hybrid and electric powertrains with a view to efficiency, reduction of consumption and dispersions, reliability and safety;
- Vehicle dynamics;
- Electric and hybrid transmissions;
- NVH and vibroacoustic comfort;
- Air conditioning and thermal comfort
- Design of chassis, also using high performance and unconventional materials;
- Design and production;
- Automatic control;
- Science of materials aiming at selecting more performing or energy-saving materials and surfaces;
- Development and integration of high-performance thermostructural components, i.e. innovative architectures for electrification, through additive manufacturing processes;
- Development of advanced systems and components for the automotive and mobility sectors, also through participation in industrial research projects in collaboration with local and international companies;
- Methodologies, concepts and technologies for the future of mobility, also through participation in research projects.


Three years (01/11/2023 - 31/10/2026)


The course venue is in Modena.


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