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EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub: Modelling of liquid composites moulding processes (ENG1352)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, May 11, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD student to conduct research in manufacturing of fibre-reinforced polymer composites, in particular, resin transfer moulding (RTM). The PhD project will address key challenges RTM in process modelling, which are related to the presence of defects and irregularities in the fibrous reinforcement. This will ultimately lead to more precise, faster and more realistic modelling techniques which can be used for advanced design of composite processes.

The project will be aligned with one of the Hub Core project “Resin injection into reinforcement with uncertain heterogeneous properties” and include the opportunity to perform experimental validations of the developed modelling approaches and to work closely with the industrial and academic partners.

Candidate requirements:

- First-class or upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, such as engineering, material science or physics.
- Background or knowledge of composites and/or composite processing
- Knowledge of computer programming languages (e.g. Matlab, Python, C++)
- Experience in finite element modelling and/or composites manufacturing modelling (e.g. Abaqus, Ansys, Ansys Fluent, CFX, OpenFOAM, ESI PAM-RTM)
- Knowledge of fluid dynamics would be advantageous
- Self-motivated and capable of working under pressure to meet deliverables
- Good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders.

The successful candidate will join the University of Nottingham’s Composites Research Group which leads the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub, a £10.3m investment in fundamental research that aims to deliver a step change in the production of polymer matrix composites.

More information on the Hub can be found at

Successful applicants will be based at Nottingham and will:

- Work directly with leading academics and industrial partners from the composites supply chain, including leading UK aerospace and automotive companies, offering excellent career opportunities following graduation
- Have the opportunity to undertake a 3 month secondment with an industrial partner or one of the supporting High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres, or to spend up to 3 months visiting one of 23 international research institutions, via the International Researcher Network
- Have access to industry-relevant taught modules delivered by the Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture at the University of Bristol
- Receive a travel and consumable allowance to support the research project
- Have access to world-leading facilities and a well-founded composites laboratory

For further information please contact:

How to apply:

To apply for a research studentship, please upload a CV and covering letter to quoting reference number ENG1352

Funding Notes

Successful applicants will receive a tax free bursary of up to £19,000 p.a. (equivalent to £23,000 gross p.a.) and tuition fees for three years, subject to satisfactory research progress. This funding is for UK and EU applicants only. Candidates should be available to start on 1st June, 1st October or 1st December 2020.

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