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Bio-inspired joints for metal-composite structures

   School of Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Combining dissimilar materials such metals and fibre-reinforced composites in structural components has potential to reduce weight and improve structural performance in many applications. With structures becoming more and more optimised, there is a growing need to include the right material in the right place, making hybrid (multi-material) joints crucial to structure’s performance. However, reliable joining of dissimilar materials still remains a challenge. A successful joint design combines functionality with manufacturability, cost and aesthetics. Joining of composite materials has its own unique challenges: to provide a joint performance and functionality equivalent to the parent material while trying to maintain the continuity and integrity of the fibres through the joint. Consideration also needs to be given to disassembly of hybrid (multi-material) joints to facilitate effective recycling. Studying the design principles of joints found in nature can provide a valuable insight into their mechanical behaviour and support future development of new, more efficient joint designs. This project aims to investigate, by means of computational modelling, new bio-inspired joining concepts for metal-composites structures with the view to optimise joint performance and recyclability in energy applications.

Selection will be made on academic merit. 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 / structural mechanics, or mechanical engineering. Strong modelling skills using Matlab and Abaqus would be a significant advantage.


Formal applications can be completed online: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/pgap/login.php

• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor

• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding

• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)

• Detailed CV, Personal Statement/Motivation Letter and Intended source of funding

Informal inquiries can be made to Prof M Kashtalyan () with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ()

Funding Notes

This PhD project has no funding attached and is therefore available to students (UK/International) who are able to seek their own funding or sponsorship. Supervisors will not be able to respond to requests to source funding. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website

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