About the Project
The overall aim of the project is the development of the finite element model of cracked material and possible validation or disproof of the theoretical predictions previously obtained taking the cracks closure into account using boundary integral equations.
• Understand the basic concepts of fracture mechanics and numerical methods in modern engineering.
• Solve the three-dimensional fracture mechanics problems for structural members under static and dynamic loading.
• Investigate the dependency of the solution on the shape and properties of the structure as well as the magnitude and direction of the loading.
• Compare the results for dynamic and static loading.
Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) the UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Engineering, Materials or Applied Mathematics. It is essential that the applicant has a background in Fundamentals of Engineering Materials and Stress Analysis
The project is likely to involve a combination of analytical studies and computer modelling including FEM&BEM analysis and MatLab programming, so the appropriate computing skills would be quite beneficial but not compulsory.
• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form
When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:
• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV
Informal inquiries can be made to Dr M Menshykova ([email protected]), with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([email protected])
It is possible to undertake this project by distance learning. Interested parties should contact Dr Menshykova to discuss this.
2. Menshykova, MV, Menshykov, OV, Guz, IA, Wuensche, M & Zhang, C 2016, 'A boundary integral equation method in the frequency domain for cracks under transient loading', Acta Mechanica, vol. 227, no. 11, pp. 3305-3314.
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