In the last two decades, Mechanics of Materials as a discipline has experienced a type of revival. The main reason for this has been a continuing introduction of new materials (or even their classes) with extraordinary microstructures, properties and performance. Carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, bulk metallic glasses and graphene are some of the examples. This revival process was additionally enhanced by an application-related drive to expose these—as well as previously known and used— materials to harsher conditions: high strains, strain rates, loads and temperatures as well as combinations of various loading and environmental factors. Recent developments in aerospace, energy, automotive and defence industries as well as in microelectronics were possible thanks to extended usability envelopes for various components and structures.
The Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group carries out multi-disciplinary research into the response of advanced engineering and bio-materials to various types of external loading and environmental conditions, using a combination of analytical, numerical and experimental techniques. Analysis of deformation processes, damage evolution as well as failure initiation and development allows us to predict the properties, performance, reliability and structural integrity of modern materials and the components and structures made from them. Among the materials we are currently working with are composites and nanocomposites, polymers and adhesives, steels and alloys, metallic glasses, biological and biomedical materials, hydrogels, materials for microelectronics, sports materials, ceramics and ceramic coatings, polymeric foams and non-woven fabrics.
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Continuum Mechanics, Computer Science, Materials Science, Physics or a related subject.
A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Mechanical Engineering, Continuum Mechanics, Computer Science, Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering
How to apply
All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: VS2UF2018
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