About the Project
The project is challenging and ambitious, it will require extensive use of models to predict the heat transfer, which will be combined with the experimental data. The vision is to create a tomographic view the subsurface stresses where the loading frequency is tuned to obtain information at different depths. An outline time plan is as follows:
Year 1: Combining DIC and TSA and application to a structural component.
Year 2: Developing thermomechanical models to predict the thermoelastic response over a range of frequencies.
Year 3: Application of combined DIC and TSA to extract subsurface stresses in composite structural components.
Year 4: Implementing the approach in an industrial setting.
The project aligns with the EPSRC Programme Grant “CerTest” that is supported by several companies and technology transfer institutions in the UK aerospace industry. URL for further information: http://www.composites-certest.com
Candidate RequirementsApplicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a 2:1 MEng, MPhys or an MSc (or international equivalent) in a physics or engineering discipline with a preference for mechanics.
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Basic skills and knowledge required
The project is experimental it will involve design, manufacture, and test of composite components. Knowledge of mechanics, thermodynamics especially heat transfer is required Experience in the basic mechanics of composite materials e.g. classical laminate theory is essential. Experience of using tools such as MATLAB, Python and FEA is highly desirable. During the project, these skills will be developed and enhanced. The project will develop new expertise in mechanical testing, imaging, and modelling
Informal enquiriesPlease email Prof Janice Barton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For general enquiries, please email email@example.com
Application DetailsTo apply for this studentship submit a PhD application using our online application system [www.bristol.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply]
Please ensure that in the Funding section you tick “I would like to be considered for a funding award from the Mechanical Engineering Department” and specify the title of the scholarship in the “other” box below with the name of the supervisor.
Closing date for applications: 1 March 2021
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