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  An integrated approach for damage identification in composite materials (KB2UF2019)
  Dr K Baxevanakis, Prof V Silberschmidt
Application Deadline: 30 November 2020

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Non-destructive inspection based on acoustics is today one the primary methods for the identification of damage precursors in components and structures.
  Heterogeneous materials in extreme environments: multiscale models of chemo-mechanical processes
  Dr L Figiel
Applications accepted all year round

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Extreme volumetric expansion, high temperature gradients, and/or high-frequency vibrations can compromise structural integrity and safety of modern electronic systems (e.g.
  Statistics of porous media attributes and mixing processes state variables across scales
  Dr M Mousavi-Nezhad
Applications accepted all year round

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Typical observations of porous media attributes arise from a variety of techniques which have their own spatial resolution and associated uncertainty.
  Development and optimisation of novel pultruded Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) cellular–concrete hybrid beam
  Prof E Ganjian
Applications accepted all year round

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This project aims to investigate the structural performance/behaviour of new pultruded FRP cellular ‘PolyCell’ – concrete hybrid beams.
  Electrical interactions between Cathodic Protection systems and surface- bonded CFRP composites in RC structures
  Prof E Ganjian
Applications accepted all year round

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In practice the application of cathodic protection systems in conjunction with CFRP- strengthening work to RC structures, is often required if the structural element remains exposed to a corrosive environment during its extended service life.
  Various treatments of Crumb Tyre rubber to improve concrete properties
  Prof E Ganjian
Applications accepted all year round

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The main aim of this project is to study the effectiveness of surface pre-treatment by Ultraviolet (UV) light and Ultrasonic treatment as a replacement for the natural aggregate in concrete mixtures on the rubberised concrete properties.
  Fully-funded PhD positions in several natural sciences & engineering disciplines

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Join an internationally renowned scientific community with the Hector FellowPhD program. PhD students benefit not only from the experience of the program, but also from the network of Hector Fellows.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics

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Our CDT has been funded by EPSRC and Industry since 2001 and we are the longest running Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonics in the UK.
  Advanced control for motorcycle stabilisation and crash avoidance (JF1UF2019)
  Dr J Fleming, Dr W Midgley
Application Deadline: 29 February 2020

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Motorcycles are involved in a disproportionately high number of deaths and serious injuries on the road. even though motorcycles drove only 0.9% of the distance covered by all vehicles on British roads in 2018, they accounted for 20% of deaths and 23% of serious injuries.
  Advanced manufacturing processes to enable the heterogeneous integration of power electronics - Ref: CL1UF2018
  Prof C Liu
Application Deadline: 3 May 2020

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Heterogeneous integration of power devices refers to the assembly of separately manufactured power semiconductors, passive components and control elements into a single package, i.e.
  Bio-Tribology of synovial joint arthroplasty (NMUF2019)
  Dr N Morris, Dr H Rahnejat
Application Deadline: 7 September 2020

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An increasing proportion of the population suffer from joint pain which stems from wear and tear, injury and arthritis. In severe cases the only option is to completely replace the joint.
  Development of Novel Functional Intermediate Layers for Power Electronics Integration - Ref: CL2UF2018
  Prof C Liu
Application Deadline: 3 May 2020

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Power electronics are widely used in electric and hybrid vehicles (EHV), aerospace crafts, renewable power components and traction control systems.
  Enhancing the long-term performance of advanced engine materials by controlling microstructure
  Dr K Baxevanakis
Application Deadline: 15 May 2020

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Reference number. KBUF2019. Start date of studentship. 01 July 2019, 01 October 2019, 01 January 2020 or April 2020. Closing date for applications.
  Finite element modelling of heart valve deformation and mitral regurgitation after mitraclip implantation - Ref: LG2UF2018
  Dr L Zhao
Application Deadline: 3 May 2020

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he mitral valve (MV) is a complex structure regulating forward flow of blood between the left atrium (LA) and left ventricle (LV) of human heart.
  Intelligent Robotics in Difficult and Dangerous Environments (TBUF2019)
  Dr T Bamber, Dr P Ferreira
Application Deadline: 1 April 2020

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Dangerous and difficult tasks are carried out by human operators on a daily basis which are not safe or appropriate for them to be doing.
  Mechanics of Advanced Materials: the response of advanced engineering and bio-materials to various types of external loading and environmental conditions - Ref: VS2UF2018
  Prof V Silberschmidt
Application Deadline: 3 April 2020

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In the last two decades, Mechanics of Materials as a discipline has experienced a type of revival. The main reason for this has been a continuing introduction of new materials (or even their classes) with extraordinary microstructures, properties and performance.
  Mechanics of biomaterials: characterisation and quantification of interaction between microstructure and mechanical properties - Ref: VS1UF2018
  Prof V Silberschmidt
Application Deadline: 3 May 2020

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Understanding mechanical properties and performance of various biological materials and tissues and their responses to different loading and environmental conditions is becoming increasingly important for development of new medical procedures and devices.
  Modelling of Dislocation-Microstructure Interaction at a Short Crack Tip - Ref: LG1UF2018
  Dr L Zhao
Application Deadline: 3 May 2020

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Nickel-based superalloys are particularly used in applications involving high temperatures and stresses, such as the critical gas-turbine blades and discs in aerospace and power-generation industries.
  Multifunctional alloys: Manufacture of high performing porosity-engineered alloys (CTUF2019)
  Dr C Torres-Sanchez, Prof P Conway
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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The simultaneous control of alloying materials coupled with the porosity gradation is a dilemma that currently intrigues researchers.
  Ultraprecision machining in Silicon Carbide - Ref: ARUF2518
  Dr A Roy
Application Deadline: 3 May 2020

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Silicon carbide is of great importance as a structural ceramic as it is amongst the hardest materials known. Machining silicon carbide parts into the required shape and form for a given application is extremely difficult, yielding unwanted defects.
  Innovation readiness of public sector procurement practices in the construction industry (Advert Reference: SF19/EE/MCE/SAMWINGA)
  Dr V Samwinga, Prof D Greenwood
Applications accepted all year round

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Carillion’s collapse in January 2018, which will cost taxpayers at least £148 million and affected up to 30,000 subsidiary businesses, has intensified debate over the effectiveness of UK public procurement practices and how risk is dealt with.
  Bioinspired flight perception
  Dr T Assaf
Application Deadline: 25 March 2020

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Informal enquiries. Dr Tareq Assaf ([email protected]). Perception is key for biological systems to survive and perform actions.
  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.
  Programmable Lab-on-chip Devices in Magnetic MEMS for Medical Diagnostics and Biotechnology
  Dr A Mohammadi
Application Deadline: 25 March 2020

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Informal enquiries. Dr Ali Mohammadi ([email protected]). Miniaturisation of sensors and actuators in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) has greatly benefitted many modern technologies including smart phones, medical devices and implants, high precision sensors etc.
  Bi-directional high power density on-board charger using WBG devices
  Dr V Zeng
Application Deadline: 25 March 2020

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Informal queries should be directed to Dr Vincent Zeng ([email protected]). A smart and high power density charger is the key power electronics converter to overcome challenges such as range anxiety, slow charging for battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
  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.
  Digital Hydraulic Converters for Next Generation Fluid Power Transmission Technology
  Dr M Pan
Application Deadline: 25 March 2020

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Informal queries should be directed to Dr Min Pan ([email protected]). In most hydraulically powered systems, the speed and/or force of a load are controlled using valves to throttle the flow and thus reduce the hydraulic pressure.
  Discontinuous fibre deposition technology enabling novel fibre architecture
  Dr H Yu
Application Deadline: 25 March 2020

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Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr HaNa Yu ([email protected]). PROJECT. Fibre reinforced polymer composites offer outstanding strength, stiffness and low weight, and their use is rising rapidly in various sectors such as aerospace and automotive.
  Integrating battery management and drive system through a modular multi-level converter
  Dr V Zeng
Application Deadline: 25 March 2020

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Informal queries should be directed to Dr Vincent Zeng ([email protected]). Modular based multi-voltage-level converter design has the potential to enable an integration of battery management and drive system.
  Modelling of Transient Heat Transfer in Aero-engine Compressor Rotors
  Dr H Tang, Dr J Scobie, Prof G Lock
Application Deadline: 25 March 2020

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Informal enquiries. Dr Hui Tang ([email protected]). PROJECT. The next generation of aero-engines will require an increase in the total pressure ratio in order to improve efficiency and meet environmental targets.
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