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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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  Dr R Maiti, Prof A Roy  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

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.


Primary supervisor: Dr Raman Maiti

Secondary supervisor: Professor Anish Roy

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

The applicant should hold a relevant degree in one or more of the following disciplines: biomedical engineering, healthcare engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, solid mechanics, tribology, applied mechanics, physics and/or physical sciences. Experience of computer modelling and programming (such as using Python) is desirable.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’. Please quote reference number: UF-RM-2022-2

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Engineering (12) Materials Science (24) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

UK fee - £4,596 full-time degree per annum
International fee - £25,100 full-time degree per annum
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

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