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A Robot-Delivered Multi-Chemical Treatment System for Chemical Munitions.

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  • Full or part time
    Prof T Scott
    Prof N Norman
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This PhD project will develop and demonstrate a low cost multi-chemical treatment technology for rapidly rendering chemical and biological munitions inoperable and ineffective. For deployment in hostile or contested areas, the treatment system is designed to be interchangeable between UAV and UGV robotic platforms that can be easily deployed and employed by ground troops. The chemical treatment system will use a directed spray to deliver one of the following options: (1) a disclosure fluid to identify whether a target object is leaking CB agents, (2) a hydrolysis treatment to rapidly degrade CB compounds or (3) a one- or two-part rapid-set, brightly pigmented resin to coat the ordinance rendering it inoperable.

The same technology aspects developed, in terms of robotic platforms and control algorithms for automated ‘treatment’ will be applicable to other MoD challenges related to inspection and reconnaissance.

The researcher will be based within the Interface Analysis Centre, School of Physics, University of Bristol. They will also work closely with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DTSL) and Sutton House.

The supervisor team for this project: Professors Tom Scott and Nick Norman, provide a combination of technical expertise in treatment chemistry, robotics and CBRN, and battlefield experience of deploying robotic systems and technologies.

Funding Notes

Funding will cover UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance at the UKRI Doctoral Stipend rate (£15,009 per annum, 2019/20 rate) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for a period up to 3.5 years.

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