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Friction in landing gear braking systems PhD

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  • Full or part time
    Prof M Skote
    Dr S Goel
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

An exciting PhD position sponsored by Airbus in advancing the current understanding on landing gear friction is available. The experimental focus will be on nanoindentation, a high-resolution technique to precisely characterise and probe the mechanical behaviour of materials, and will be conducted at the London South Bank University (in the heart of London). State-of-the-art modelling work will be done at Cranfield University, using UK’s supercomputer ARCHER to advance the current understanding on the atomic scale friction in the braking system. The position is fully funded and covers all fees and stipend.

Together, Cranfield University and London South Bank University (in the heart of London) have partnered with Airbus to sponsor this PhD study, to solve a long standing issue of friction in landing gear braking systems. A typical aircraft deploys Carbon-Carbon composites in friction braking applications. The aim is to obtain a deeper understanding of the friction process by means of numerical simulations and experiments.

Carbon-Carbon composites have been deployed in friction braking applications in both Aerospace and Automotive sectors. Friction performance is highly dependent on component design in conjunction with material properties and the control of industrial process parameters. Material development and manufacturing process control are both important for achieving enhanced and more consistent brake performance. A deeper understanding of the quantification of material properties together with the physical processes during friction is required to optimise the design of the braking system. Advanced physics and material modelling concepts will be used as an instrument for the simulations, on high-performance computer systems.

The outcome of this project will lead to proposals for changes in material selection and/or manufacturing processes for enhancement of brake performance and durability.

You will belong to a new Airbus Landing Systems Engineering Centre (LASEC) at Cranfield University within the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing. Working within LASEC will enable frequent contact with Airbus Engineers with valuable access to engineering and physical understanding of the processes in the application area. The project will allow numerous networking opportunities both with Industries and Academic partners and will also pay the cost to attend mutually decided International conferences. Relocation to Airbus in Bristol for a minimum of three months during the PhD project will be an opportunity for further immersion, with a huge potential for employability.

Funding Notes

Due to the nature of the funding, it is expected that the successful applicant will be a UK national or EU national who has resided in the UK for three years prior to the start date of the studentship. Due to funding restrictions all EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have “settled status” in the UK.

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