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A Multiscale Approach to Model the Biomechanical Behaviour of Human Skin

Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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About the Project

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. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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The skin consists of sub-layers such as stratum corneum, epidermis with morphological parameters varying spatially. Being viscoelastic (similar to cheese), the skin is also subjected to high loading and environmental conditions every day resulting in skin damages. Healing from these skin damages is time-consuming and challenging as it is under the influence cyclic loading conditions generated due to bodily movements and posture. In treating these chronic skin problems, there has been an estimation of three million primary care hours and about £723m is spent by National Health Services, UK every year. Hence, it is important to understand the biomechanical behaviour of skin such as deformation and stress distribution.

The project aims to understand the link between tissue and cell level skin studies using a dynamic modelling platform. This is critical in understanding how the changes in cell level can influence the prevention and treatment of patients suffering from chronic skin ailments. The PhD student will design and develop this modelling platform to understand the mechanics of the skin on interaction with medical devices (such as prosthetic, dressing tapes/textiles). Further collaboration with the University of Sheffield is also in place to validate the model using in-vitro experimental results.
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Dr Maiti is a lecturer working on the Healthcare Engineering at the Wolfson School, Loughborough University. His expertise is in surface interaction (contact mechanics/tribology) of medical devices with human body and his research application is spread to fields of Orthopaedics, Dermatology and Ophthalmology. Further information is available at:
Entry requirements
Applicant should have, or expect to achieve, a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) with a strong background in a programming language (such as Python) and preferably multi-body dynamic modelling. Teaching experience at elementary school is also desired criteria for selection. Training will be given in all areas needed as part of the Doctoral Development Programme run at the University of Loughborough.
How to apply
All applications should be made online at Under the programme name, select ‘Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: SAM03/2020#2

Start date of studentship: 01 January 2021

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘SAM’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.

If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,285 p/a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,407). While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 21 September 2020.

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