Vibrational energy harvesting combined with composite was developed by Chester Smart Composite Group for both aircraft wing and offshore wind turbine blade. However, a challenge by harvesting environmental vibrations, such as ocean wave energy for powering monitoring cables of floating offshore wind turbine, and vibration for human limbs will be a main focus for this proposed PhD works. Conventionally, these wave energy absorbers are designed to operate towards a specific target frequency/velocity. However, real world frequencies can vary across a broadband spectrum throughout the time of the day, rendering the energy absorbers extremely inefficient when operating outside its confined frequency band. This PhD research will leverage broadband mechanisms and techniques from vibration dynamics, optimise the broad-spectrum resonant oscillation of the energy absorber in fluid environments like sea wave, or the specific modes like walking or climbing, and establish an intrinsically broadband energy absorber to fundamentally improve upon the current state-of-the-art. The both experimental and computational finite element method will be applied to develop this work.
The research focuses on such main aspects: (1) Vibration analysis and energy harvesting from sea wave loading (2) energy harvesting from human body vibration (legs), (3) Multifunctional composite prototype for energy harvesting using both experimental tests and numerical modelling analysis.
The ideal candidate for this project will have a bachelor or master degree in Mechanical, EEE engineering or Computer Science, and have studied vibration analysis, energy harvesting, finite element analysis, Matlab, signal processing, all of which are desirable but not essential.
Degree (2.1 min) in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline. You will be a motivated and dynamic person, with a demonstrable capability to conduct independent research.
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency to IELTS 6.5 with minimum score 5.5 in each band or equivalent.
By joining the Faculty of Science and Engineering based at the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park, you will:
· Have your tuition fees bursary.
· Become part of a cohort of graduates working in a major research and innovation hub for the North West.
· Work on a 66-acre site with state-of-the-art laboratories and industrial facilities.
· Research and study in a working science park with a number of science and technology-based companies located on site.
· Gain a first-hand insight into working in a professional and career-focused environment.
· Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.
This is a PhD fees bursary towards your studies and will effect from October 2019 (preferred), or February 2020, and may be available for a period of up to 3 years. Year on year renewal of the bursary will dependent upon satisfactory progress being made as evidenced by the relevant annual progress review. The bursary covers 100% of the tuition fees.
A completed University of Chester Postgraduate Research Degree (PhD) application form including contact details of two referees (at least one must be familiar with your most recent academic work).
Candidates should apply online through the link below.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to initially contact Dr Yu Shi to discuss the project further. Dr Shi’s contact details are:
E: [email protected]
T: 01244 517351
For general enquiries contact Postgraduate Research Admissions, University of Chester at [email protected]