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Bio-Tribology of synovial joint arthroplasty (NMUF2019)

Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Dr Nicholas Morris , Dr H Rahnejat No more applications being accepted Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

An increasing proportion of the population suffer from joint pain which stems from wear and tear, injury and arthritis. In severe cases the only option is to completely replace the joint. In England and Wales there are approximately 160,000 hip and knee replacement procedures conducted every year. In about 1 in 10 of these operations there is some complication with the mechanical replacement joint these include, joint wear, dislocation, stiffening and joint loosening.

This PhD research project will create a computer model to predict the behaviour between the two links (bones) at the replacement joint interface. The multi-physics model will include contact mechanics of the acetabular cup femoral heard pair and the interceding fluids rheological response to entrainment into the elastohydrodyanmic conjunction.
Various parameters pertain rheological, elastic, interfacial frictional behaviour for the model will be measured experimental measurement by the PhD researcher.

The candidate who would undertake this research would gain an in-depth understanding of bio-engineering, high-level skills in experimental techniques and multi-physics simulation techniques and developing stand-alone models.

The PhD student would be supported by a dedicated and experienced supervisory team to enable the student to contribute to the state of art in electric vehicle transmission technology.

Start date: 1 July, 1 October, 1 January, 1 April.
Entry requirements:
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in STEM or a related subject areas (Engineering, Maths and the Sciences) . A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: STEM or a related subject areas (Engineering, Maths and the Sciences).
How to apply:
All applications are made online, please select the school/department name under the programme name section and include the quote reference number.

Funding Notes

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

Band RA (UK/EU: TBC; international: £17,200).
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