Metal-ceramic composites offer many advantages over monolithic metals and their alloys such as high specific stiffness and strength, better creep, fatigue and wear resistance, and good thermal properties. Recent advances in material science have made it possible to produce metal-ceramic composites with high ceramic content cost-effectively making them attractive to a number of potential applications in the automotive, aerospace and biomedical engineering. The aim of the project is develop and verify mathematical models that can predict mechanical properties of novel metal-ceramic composites with compositional gradients in the microstructure and investigate their mechanical behaviour under a range of loading conditions. The project will involve theoretical modelling using a combination of analytical and computational means.
The successful candidate should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a UK Honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in in applied mathematics, solid mechanics, or mechanical engineering.
Good knowledge of composite materials and solid mechanics, and strong modelling skills using Matlab and ABAQUS would be a significant advantage.
Formal applications can be completed online: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply. You should apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct person for processing.
NOTE CLEARLY THE NAME OF THE SUPERVISOR AND EXACT PROJECT TITLE YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ON THE APPLICATION FORM.
Informal inquiries can be made to Dr M Kashtalyan ([email protected]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([email protected]).
There is no funding attached to this project. It is for self-funded students only.