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Mechanical Engineering (complex systems) PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

We have 29 Mechanical Engineering (complex systems) PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Scholarships available for SECReT: The International Training Centre for Security and Crime Related Research Degrees

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UCL SECReT is the international centre for training in security and crime related research degrees, the first centre of its kind in Europe.
  Modelling growth, deposition and breakage of dynamic particle structures (EPS2020/52)
  Dr V Francia
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Investigation of the structure of cohesive powders under various flow regimes. Combining AI driven tools with state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and discrete element methods (DEM), we will look into how dynamic particle structures form in complex systems.
  Rolls-Royce sponsored PhD Scholarship – Design and Simulation of Stiffness-Adjustable Robotic Systems for Performing on-Wing Repair of Aero-Engines
  Prof D Axinte
Applications accepted all year round

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Applicants are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD programme in partnership with industry to address key challenges in on-platform manufacturing engineering.
  Design and validation methods for additively manufactured heat exchangers
  Dr JMF Flynn
Applications accepted all year round

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With electrification being one of the biggest potential disruptors in modern transport, there is a growing need for lightweight, reliable and efficient thermal management systems.
  Adaptive self-learning vision systems
  Dr P Kinnell, Dr N Lohse, Dr A Soltoggio
Applications accepted all year round

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Many computer vision systems make use of artificial neural networks to undertake complex image analysis tasks, such as locating objects in a clutter scene.
  Development of an Aeroelastic Multi-Disciplinary Design Optimization Framework for Large Wind Turbine Systems (SAM32)
  Dr T Kim, Dr S Theodossiades
Application Deadline: 14 January 2020

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Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field.
  Sparsification of reduced order models for fluid and fluid-structure problems
  Research Group: Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics
  Dr A Da Ronch
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Andrea Da Ronch. Project description. This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic and self-driven student to join a vibrant team with a well-proved expertise in multi-disciplinary computational aero-sciences driven by the technologies needed for next-generation aerospace systems.
  Acoustic Black Holes for Noise and Vibration Control
  Dr J Cheer
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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Supervisor. Dr Jordan Cheer. Co-supervisor Prof Steve Daley. Project description. A fully funded industrial studentship is available for a high-quality student to work in the area of acoustic black holes for noise and vibration control.
  Virtual vehicle validation
  Prof C Brace
Applications accepted all year round

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The automotive industry, along with other high-tech sectors, needs to move away from their reliance on physical prototypes. Today these prototypes are used to validate the performance of the vehicle against the design requirements.
  Modelling Gas Turbine Blade Degradation in a High Fidelity Digital Twin
  Dr J Sumner, Dr N Simms
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Sponsored by EPSRC and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £18,000 (tax free) plus fees* for four years.
  Analytics to interpret acoustic emission generated by geotechnical infrastructure assets
  Dr A Smith
Applications accepted all year round

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Proportions of the energy dissipated during deformation of particulate materials are converted to heat and sound. The high-frequency (>10kHz) component of this sound energy is called acoustic emission (AE).
  Discrete element modelling for acoustic emission generation in granular media
  Dr A Smith
Applications accepted all year round

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Proportions of the energy dissipated during deformation of particulate materials are converted to heat and sound. The high-frequency (>10kHz) component of this sound energy is called acoustic emission (AE).
  Future retail electricity market structure and operations with increasing customer engagement
  Dr A Foley
Applications accepted all year round

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SSE supply electricity and gas to around 9 million household and business accounts. SSE is one of the UK’s largest QUB - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering PhD Project 2019-2020.
  Advanced computational fluid dynamic simulations of boiling CO2 for tracker cooling of the compact muon solenoid at CERN
  Dr M Carnevale, Dr A J G Lunt
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Supervisory team. Dr Mauro Carnevale & Dr Alexander Lunt. Project enquiries. [email protected] or [email protected] Project.
  Development of New Fluid-powered Artificial Muscles for Soft Robots
  Dr M Pan
Application Deadline: 25 March 2020

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Informal queries should be directed to Dr Min Pan ([email protected]). Animals exploit soft structures to move smoothly and effectively in complex natural environments.
  Mechatronics system for hybrid manufacturing processing
  Prof D Axinte
Applications accepted all year round

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Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology, The University of Nottingham. Applicants are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD program in partnership with industry to address key challenges in on-platform manufacturing engineering.
  Development of New Design and Manufacturing Strategy for Additive Manufacturing 3D Metal Printing
  Prof H Dhakal, Dr M Dotcheva, Dr K Dotchev
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited for a self-funded, 3-year full-time or 6-year part-time PhD project, to commence in October 2019 or February 2020.
  AI approaches to automate Bill of Materials Validation.
  Prof C Brace
Applications accepted all year round

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A Bill of Materials (BoM) is a document that lists all of the components and resources needed to build a product, in this case a vehicle.
  Stochastic response characterisation and reliability driven optimisation of floating wind turbines
  Dr S Sriramula, Dr A Maheri
Applications accepted all year round

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As the wind turbine installations move to deep-water environments, there is an increasing focus on the design considerations for floating wind turbines (FWTs).
  Flow measurement and visualisation in swirling flows
  Dr S Aleksandrova
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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The aim of this project is experimental investigation of swirling flows in sudden expansions. Such flows are encountered in many applications - e.g.
  ’Robotic Grasping using Dynamic Active-Pixel Vision Sensor’’
  Dr Y Zweiri
Applications accepted all year round

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The main aim of this project is to develop a dynamic vision-based grasping system which can detect, track and manipulate unknown objects during a complex manufacturing or biomedical engineering processes to achieve a stable and safe manipulation in real time.
  Simulation and optimisation of a spacecraft propulsion system based on a Field Reversed Configuration plasmoid using deep learning and machine learning algorithms
  Dr P Shaw
Applications accepted all year round

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This project aims to investigate an enabling technology for a more significant and complex system based on a High-Energy Density Electromechanical Thruster based on Stabilized Liner Compression of Plasma that could lead to manned exploration of the Solar system [1].
  PhD Studentship: 4-year PhD studentship: Multi-physics Simulation in the Automotive Industry
  Dr G Mavros, Dr J Knowles
Applications accepted all year round

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Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.
  A combined framework of machine learning and full waveform inversion for electromagnetic sensing of infrastructure (Advert Reference: SF19/EE/MCE/WARREN)
  Dr C Warren, Prof J Martin
Applications accepted all year round

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Electromagnetic sensing systems, such as Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), are critical tools to allow us to evaluate the condition of surface and sub-surface infrastructure.
  Bioinspired sensing: distributed sensory surface
  Dr T Assaf
Application Deadline: 25 March 2020

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Informal enquiries. Dr Tareq Assaf ([email protected]). Robotic perception is crucial for robotic systems to advance and perform more and more complex tasks autonomously or semi-autonomously.
  Droplet Adhesion on Liquid-Repellent Surfaces
  Dr N Gao
Applications accepted all year round

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A PhD student position funded at UK/EU rate is available to work on droplet wetting and adhesion behaviours in the group of Dr Nan Gao within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham.
  Artificial Intelligence Methods - Automated Defect Recognition of Ultrasonic Data in NDT
  Prof P Wilcox, Prof B Drinkwater
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence (AI) in non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Machining Science (IDC in Machining Science)

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The Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Machining Science is a unique collaboration between industry, the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Faculty of Engineering.
  Simulation of large-amplitude gust interaction with rigid wings
  Research Group: Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics
  Dr A Da Ronch
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Andrea Da Ronch. Project description. This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic and self-driven student to join a vibrant team with a well-proved expertise in nonlinear computational aeroelasticity and aerodynamics.
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