Tire Induced Particle Emission Mitigation Strategies For Vehicles



The increasing number of vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions is a promising indicator to reduce traffic-induced airborne pollutants including particulate matter (PM).

With reduced tailpipe emissions, the non-tailpipe emissions (from tires and brake disks) will become the dominant source of traffic related PM emissions, showing a potential to affect human health and wellbeing.

This PhD project aims to tackle the tire induced PM emissions problem in various aspects including measurement and quantification of the impact, active reduction mechanisms, and driveline control methods to reduce the generation and overall impact of the PM emissions originating from tires.


Objectives/Tender Information

  • State of the art study and recent trends in tire PM emissions measurement and modelling
  • Analysis of particle size distribution of tire generated PM, the degree to which particles become airborne, and the health impacts of tire emissions
  • Novel at source (on vehicle) capture and collection methods for tire particles
  • Vehicle tire-wear abatement algorithms and controlling the ride characteristics of a vehicle, all with a view to abating tire emissions
  • Analysis of PM and tire wear interrelation, and investigation of tire wear control methods with a view to reduce these emissions
  • Developing of models to predict the aggregate picture of a network of vehicles at the scale of a city
  • Investigation of PM aggregation models built using stochastic methods
  • Investigation of intra-vehicle trading and balancing of overall PM emissions in a circular economy setting

In the proposal for PhD funding, scientific institutions describe:

  • The scientific ability and the required infrastructure (weather sensors, high precision lidar scanners, etc.) to scientifically guide and supervise the PhD candidate
  • The research plan and the focus for the advertised thesis
  • The publication and dissemination plan
  • The teaching plan (courses, trainings, etc.) for the doctoral studies
  • Planned supporting master’s and bachelor theses
  • Total costs of the PhD thesis as well as requested total amount of financial contribution from VIRTUAL VEHICLE (note: adequacy of costs is a major decision criterion)
  • The application comprises the scientific CV or profile of the PhD candidate and the supervising professor at the scientific institution.

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