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Industry funded PhD studentship on fracture behaviour in high performance tyres

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, December 31, 2018
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The ideal candidate would have an interest in understanding the design and behaviour of materials used to manufacture high performance tyres operating in harsh environments. The applications include off-road motorsports, mining and truck. The industrial partner is a world leading manufacture of nanostructured reinforcing particles based in Atlanta, Georgia.

This project will investigate how tyre materials can be improved by coupling materials innovations with advanced materials characterisation and modelling. The project will examine how fracture mechanics and fatigue mechanisms contribute to premature failure of tyre tread materials. The project will exploit the benefits of next generation nanostructured reinforcement.

This project is based in the UK leading academic rubber research group and involves travel to the USA to work in the sponsor’s world leading R&D laboratories as well as with the tyre testing facilities at Polymer Research Lab. in the Czech Republic. This project would suit a graduate from an engineering, physics or materials science background. This project is supervised by Prof James Busfield at QMUL and Dr Radek Stocek at PRL.

QMUL Research Studentship Details:
Available to Home/EU Applicants only.
Full Time programme only.
Applicant required to start in February 2019.
The studentship arrangement will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend for up to three years (Currently set as £16,777 in 2018/19).
The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline.
If English is not your first language then you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).
Please note that this studentship is only available to Home/EU Applicants. (See: for details).

Supervisor Contact Details:
For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Prof James Busfield
Tel: 020 7882 8866

Application Method:
To apply for this studentship and for entry on to the Materials Science PhD programme (Full Time) please follow the instructions detailed on the following webpage:

Research degrees in Materials:

Further Guidance:

Please be sure to include a reference to ‘2018 SEMS JJCB2’ to associate your application with this studentship opportunity.

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