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Characterisation of Manufacturing Defects in Composite Pipes

Project Description

Funded by a leading composite pipe manufacturer and National Institute of Manufacturing Scotland. Robert Gordon University offers this PhD studentship with up to £15,000 available p.a. with fees included to Home, EU or International applicants.

Robert Gordon University, through the School of Engineering, is offering a PhD studentship funded by a leading composite pipe manufacturer and National Institute of Manufacturing Scotland. The project is in collaboration with a leading composite pipe manufacturer.

Lightweight, high strength and corrosion resistant composite pipes provide cost and operational benefits in subsea production & oil field service applications. As the volume of advanced composites components for oil and gas applications continues to rise and primary structures in other sectors are increasingly made from advanced composites, it is necessary to improve the current understanding on the quality of the materials, processes and design practices that are used to generate those composite pipes and structures.

The objective of the study is to reduce manufacturing defects and the proposed project will focus on embedding sensors to monitor and characterise in-situ production process of the composite parts. Such defects, together with residual stresses (thermo-mechanical), need to be critically assessed to predict the composite performance. A multiscale approach will be followed where small-scale coupons results are utilized for the full-scale product manufacturing and performance predictions. Such knowhow will then allow an effective manufacturing strategy to be implemented via an in-line (or embedded) inspection system coupled to an effect-of-defects study. The project therefore involves both experimental and modelling/simulations.

Applications should be emailed to Prof James Njuguna at . The applications should consist of a covering letter or personal statement of interest, and a CV.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 31st January 2020.

It is expected that candidates are available to register and commence study in March 2020.

Questions should initially be addressed to:
Professor James Njuguna
School of Engineering
Robert Gordon University
Riverside East, Garthdee Campus
Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0) 122 426 2327

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a First- or Second-Class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline such Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Polymer Technology, Nanotechnology or Materials Science and Engineering. An MSc in a relevant subject is highly desirable. Knowledge or experience of polymer composites and modelling & simulations is advantageous.

Keywords: Manufacturing, FEA, Thermoplastic composite pipes, Materials engineering, Lightweight Materials and Structures, characterisation, composites

Funding Notes

Applicants are eligible for a bursary of up to £15,000 p.a. for the duration of the award dependent upon qualifications and experience. This studentship will also cover the tuition fees.

How good is research at Robert Gordon University in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 14.00

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