About the Project
The project aims to develop original and improved CFRP solutions to implement alternative release planes in CFRP fan blades and to improve the energy dissipation in CFRP containment casings during blade-off events. This will be achieved by manipulating the microstructure of the CFRP to achieve greater damage tolerance and bespoke translaminar fracture properties at component level.
The post will involve designing and developing bespoke microstructures, prototyping them, assessing their relative performance, identifying applications, selecting microstructures for study at larger scale, and carrying out this study.
In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to submit publications to refereed journals. There will be a requirement for travel and for close interaction with Rolls-Royce.
Applicants should possess a keen interest and/or a solid background in mechanics, composites and fracture mechanicas, as well as a genuine passion for research. Applications are invited from candidates with (or who expect to gain) a first-class honours MSc degree or equivalent in Aeronautics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials or related areas.
Imperial College is consistently ranked as one of top universities in the world and top 3 universities within the UK. In 2016/17 Imperial ranked 9th in the world in the QS and 8th in the world in the THE rankings. It has been ranked as the most innovative university in Europe. Imperial staff and alumni include 15 Nobel laureates, 2 Fields Medalists, 70 Fellows of the Royal Society, 82 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and 78 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
If you are interested in applying, I will be happy to address initial informal enquiries you may have (Prof. S Pinho, [Email Address Removed]). To apply, you can then follow the standard College on-line application procedure (http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/pgprospectus/howtoapply). For queries regarding the application process, please contact Ms Lisa Kelly by email to [Email Address Removed] or phone on +44 (0)20 7594 5056.
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