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A surrogate headform with increased biofidelity for assessment of facial impacts

   Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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  Dr P Sherratt, Dr S Mitchell  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The research will contribute to the reduction of head and facial injuries in sport by developing a surrogate headform that incorporates a lower jaw. The work will build on existing world-leading research completed at the Sports Technology Institute into head and neck surrogates for the injury assessment of sporting impacts. Head injuries in sport are a major focal point of governing bodies, universities, and brands, and upon successful completion of the PhD the student will be well-equipped to make a major contribution to safety in sport in one of these organisations.

The project will develop a surrogate headform with an articulated lower jaw that will allow the assessment of sporting impacts to the head and face. The headform will enable the use of a helmet and gumshield to assess their effect on potential outcomes, enabling the improvement of safety regulations and development of improved personal protective equipment.

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 ‘SAM22'
If awarded, the studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. While we welcome applications from international students, 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 end of March 2022.
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