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Modelling of composite fabric processing

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, December 15, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1, preferably a 1st class honours, in an Engineering or related subject. A good knowledge and experience of mechanics and materials is required.

The overall goal is to provide simulation and design tools, which will enable industry to design and manufacture composite components from textile preforms more efficiently. The project will focus on double-diaphragm forming of dry non-crimp fabrics (NCFs), guided by the priorities of our industrial partners. The aim of the project is to develop experimental and analysis tools to predict wrinkle formation in NCF components and incorporate that into a design methodology. Engagement from a range of industrial partners, with appropriate case study designs, will inform the project so that the outcomes can be effectively translated to effective tools.
To apply for this studentship, please email your two page CV and a cover letter to Professor Michael Sutcliffe () to arrive no later than 15th December 2019.

Please note that any offer of funding will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student. Candidates will need to apply separately for admission through the University’s Graduate Admissions application portal; this can be done before or after applying for this funding opportunity. Note that there is a £60 fee for PhD applications. The applicant portal can be accessed via: The final deadline for PhD applications is 30 June 2020, although it is advisable to apply earlier than this.

Funding Notes

Maintenance offered (per annum): £14,500
Fees offered (per annum): £8,589 (home/EU rate)
EU (only eligible for the fees)

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