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Fully-funded PhD Studentship in Development of 3D DEM models for analysis of hybrid joints: a microscale approach

Department of Engineering

, Prof J Ye Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This research will focus on the development of 3D DEM models to simulate deformation and failure processes in hybrid joints.

There will be three main tasks: 1. To conduct mechanical test from microscale to macroscale for hybrid joints using advanced mechanical testing systems. 2. To develop mathematical contact models in 3D coupling mechanical/thermal properties and failure criteria based on micromechanical experimental results. 2. To develop DEM models for hybrid joints with features of microstructure. The models of the single-lap hybrid adhesive joints will be developed based on the data obtained from the micro-CT scanning and the constitutive models developed in Task 2. The developed models will be validated with real world experimental results.

This challenging project is an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to develop knowledge in micro-fracture mechanics and skill in a novel numerical modelling technique DEM. In addition, the candidate will have opportunities to access state of the art facilities in High Value Manufacturing Centres around the UK and participate in meetings with leading industries and academic conferences.

Qualifications and experience required:
• Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum or an equivalent overseas degree in Mechanical Engineering, Physics or Applied Mathematics.
• A good background in computer programming, solid mechanics and mathematics.
• Experiences in numerical modelling.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to prepare presentations, reports and journal papers to the highest levels of quality.
• Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively in a team consisting of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

Informal enquiries:
Interested candidates should in the first instance contact Dr Xiaonan Hou at with a cover letter and a copy of their CV (2 pages maximum).

Funding Notes

The scholarship will cover full payment of Home/EU tuition fees (at the standard RCUK rate) for 3.5 years;
A maintenance stipend (£15,009 pa subject to annual inflation increments);
Although the funding available covers UK/EU tuition fees only, non-UK/EU students are welcome to apply if they are able to make up the difference in fees.

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