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Dynamics of Structures with Frictional Interfaces

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Frictional interfaces hold structures together but their dynamics cannot be predicted. Examples of frictional interfaces are connections between components, bolted joints, cables and shafts. Our understanding is so poor that basic experiments are needed to fully appreciate how a joint behaves. Previous work has identified that in a joint there is a static contact patch which is then distorted during dynamic motion. Understanding the dimensions of this contact patch and the forces and motions in the frictional interface is the next stage. This PhD will focus on understanding static and dynamic contact patches and developing models. The overall objective is to develop suitable models that can be used in computer simulation. Currently no such models are available. This PhD is suitable either for students interested in fundamental research or for students who wish to work on model development. The student should have a good understanding of dynamics and stress. The research will be conducted in a fully equipped laboratory with technician support and workshop staff.

Funding Notes

This is a fully funded studentship. The cost of the PhD programme, including tuition fees, will be met jointly by AWE and Cranfield University. The student will receive the standard EPSRC bursary (approximately £15000 per annum with no tax to pay). The PhD is expected to last three years.

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