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Graphene/Nanoparticles Reinforced Multi-scale Carbon/Glass Composites for Advanced Aerospace and Automobile Engineering PhD

School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing (SATM)

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About the Project


We are pleased to announce PhD studentship project in ’Graphene/Nanoparticles Reinforced Multi-scale Carbon/Glass Composites for Advanced Aerospace and Automobile Engineering’.

As a part of this PhD project, we will develop joint Innovate UK projects with aerospace, automotive, marine, and wind turbine manufacturers to implement the use of multi-scale composites which can offer the following advantages for the composites products used in their industries.


This project aims to develop high-performance carbon/glass fibre composites to improve the fatigue and crack resistance of composites used in aerospace and automotive structures by nanoscale and using nanomaterials (graphene, carbon nanotubes etc) reinforcement.

Fibre-reinforced composites have excellent in-plane strength and stiffness and are being used in increasing quantities in aerospace, sports, automotive and wind turbine blade industries. However, fibre reinforced composites are weak in their through-thickness direction. This weakness can result in parts failing by delamination in service, either from external loads or impact events. The presence of delamination can seriously reduce the strength and stiffness of a laminate, especially under compressive buckling loads, potentially leading to catastrophic failure.

You will learn the following techniques/skills

- Nano-materials dispersion methods and nanomaterials modification of carbon/glass fibre composite laminates.
- Nano-modified carbon/glass fibre composite lay-up/slacking, vacuum bagging manufacturing techniques.
- Advanced carbon/glass fibre composites manufacturing using high-pressure autoclave curing.
- Mechanical testing of nano-modified carbon/glass fibre composite, interlaminar shear stress testing, mode I, mode II fracture toughness test and delamination after impact test.

Type of opportunity

We will work in collaboration with Cametics Ltd, which is a leading high quality, high-performance graphene-based mixing, dispersion and joining technology. We will also aim to engage with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Airbus and Meggitt Aerospace which have been working with our composite centre over a number of years.

This is a self-funded project; the students are expected to cover their fees and living expenses.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an equivalent of a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, science (chemistry/physics) or engineering or closely related field. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest in industrial research.

How to apply

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For further information please contact:

Dr Sameer S Rahatekar,
Email: [Email Address Removed]
Phone: 0044 (0) 1234 750111 extension 4685
Supervisor Expertise:

Dr Sameer S Rahatekar is a world-renowned expert in polymeric material, polymer composites and polymer processing. He has published a number of high impact journal publications in the above-mentioned area (more than 40 journal publications; 1561 citations; H index 21). He has secured total research grants equivalent to £2.6 million as PI and Co-I from EPSRC, the British Council, and the Royal Academy of Engineering and industrial research funding. He is working closely with several polymers and plastics composites industries in the UK as overseas.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project; the students are expected to cover their fees and living expenses. UK/EU/Overseas students can join this PhD project as long they can pay the tuition fees and cover their living expenses.

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