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Design and manufacturing optimisation of high temperature composite drive shafts for aerospace application

Project Description

Faculty of Engineering (University of Bristol)

National Composites Centre, Bristol (BS16 7FS) or Rolls Royce, Derby

£21,500 p.a.

Project Outline:

Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers. Annual underlying revenue was £15 billion in 2018, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. In 2018, Rolls-Royce invested £1.4 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 29 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research. Rolls-Royce employs more than 50,000 people in 50 countries. More than 17,000 of these are engineers.

The research engineer will be expected to work with Rolls-Royce on the development and demonstration of high temperature composite drive shafts.

Strands for development may include: Layup optimisation, optimisation of the design and control of the manufacturing process to minimise defect occurrence and criticality, strategies for dealing with damage, selection of appropriate materials, understanding the key process variables and how they can be set and controlled to maximise product yield whilst maintaining acceptable quality, working with the Composites University Technology Centre at the University of Bristol to develop and deploy analysis and process modelling tools and apply learning on ageing and damage accumulation.

This will include working together as part of a team and taking responsibility for delivering a material and processing solution and demonstrating it at an industrial scale within the timeframe of the research.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications are considered as soon as they are received, and the position will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this EngD project please send your CV, covering letter and academic transcript to

Funding Notes

Candidate requirements:
Applicants with ‘home student’ status and holding or about to graduate with a first or 2.1 degree in structural or chemical engineering, materials science or physical sciences.

Stipend: £21,500 p.a.
Standard EPSRC studentship eligibility criteria apply: View Website

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