The team at Tiger Spider is delighted to learn that Joshua Allwright was duly awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for his thesis developing a Performance Assessment Framework for Heavy Multi-Combination Vehicles with Electric Traction Systems.
Marcus Coleman Managing Directory says, “Josh was introduced through a mutual connection who thought Tiger Spider might be interested in sponsoring Josh’s Phd research. When I met Josh and learned that we was keen on conducting innovative research into Electric Trucks, his passion for the idea and desire to do something that would have practical application was obvious. Given our focus on High Productivity Vehicles and Performance Based Standards we identified a gap in the literature since most EV research is focussed on smaller and medium duty trucks, buses and single trailer applications. At that point my contribution to the worked ended and Josh’s proceeded to work extremely hard to earn his Phd. He gained access to some real world operational data for 30 m A-double combinations operating in Melbourne and developed a novel approach to modelling various powertrain options – Assessing how feasible they are and what implications there might be on PBS Compliance and manufacturing.
In his Acknowledgements Dr. Allwright gives, “a special consideration to Marcus Coleman for his trust, guidance and key insights into the road freight industry. The context and application within the road freight industry gave this research a distinguishing different to past research, allowing many novelties to be developed. (I) will always appreciate the opportunity given and am looking forward to future research ahead together”.
Josh started full time at Tiger Spider in 2020 and together they will continue researching Electric Vehicles, “Our focus now is to take the learnings from Josh’s Phd and integrate the novel EV modelling approaches into our heavy vehicle assessment software, Hevi Spec”, says Marcus. “Our goal is to provide industry with the tools and advice to independently assess the various Electric Powertrains options that are becoming available and ultimately to increase the uptake of this technology, particularly into the Australian PBS fleet. It’s an exciting future ahead and we’re so glad to have talented engineers like Josh to working with us”.
Josh worked part time at Tiger Spider on various projects including vehicle dynamics testing, design automation and FEA since commencing his Phd with Tiger Spider in 2017. Josh is the Faculty technical advisor on Swinburne’s Formula SAE Team which competes in building and racing electric cars and is a Sessional Lecturer/tutor for: Machine Design, Mechanical Systems Design and Final Year Projects. Prior to that he completed an internship at the ZF Research and Development Department of Mechatronics in Friedrichshafen, Germany.