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Artificial Nervous System: Distributed Optical Fibre Sensing Systems and their Applications in Structural Integrity Analysis

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Supervisory Team: Gilberto Brambilla, Ali Masoudi

Project description

This PhD project aims to open new frontiers in the field of structural health monitoring by designing and developing a new class high resolution distributed optical fibre sensors. Such sensors use an optical fibre to measure physical quantities such as temperature, strain, and vibrations at tens of thousands individual points along the fibre. Hence, by integrating an optical fibre inside any structure, crucial physical properties of such structure can be monitored, and any anomaly can be quickly detected. In other words, the optical fibre plays the role of a nervous system of that structure.
Such technology has the potential to yield a wealth of new applications in areas such as structural health monitoring (SHM) in aircrafts, ships, civil structures, performance analysis of race cars designed for Formula One competition, and medical applications, to name just a few.
A fully funded PhD place on this project is available for Eligible UK applicants supported by an EPSRC Studentship. The project will involve close collaboration with the institute of sound and vibration research (ISVR), one of the world’s renowned research institute for its contributions to reducing noise and vibration in engineering applications such as rail and aircraft.
If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Ali Masoudi, Distributed Optical Fibre Sensor Research Group, Email: , Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 4531.

Entry Requirements
We welcome applications from future experts who have, or expect to shortly have, a very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent), in computer science, electronics, or other closely related subject such as mathematics or physics.

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2019 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding
We accept applications from those who wish to receive a funded scholarship, those who already have a funded scholarship from another source, or self-paying applicants, (proof of funds will be required).

Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply
Candidates should apply as soon as possible to be considered for a place for September 2020 entry. All shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview at the University of Southampton. Note that if, due to your personal circumstances, you are unable to attend for interview in person, please get in touch.

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD ORC (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter supervisor and project title under the Topic or Field of Research.

Applications should include:
Your Curriculum Vitae
Two reference letters
Degree Transcripts to date
Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

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