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  Multiscale Computational Framework for Advanced Manufacturing and Materials

   School of Engineering

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  Dr Amir Siddiq, Dr M Kartal, Prof Robert McMeeking  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Conventional manufacturing processes involve high cost and lead times because of design and manufacturing of product specific tooling for new materials and parts. In some cases macro scale models are used to perform virtual experiments, however such macro scale models are not based on realistic physical mechanisms and thus predictions aren’t accurate.

The proposed PhD work will be a part of the bigger project whose aim is to develop a physics based multiscale computational framework. Aim is to incorporate real-life physical mechanisms observed during advanced manufacturing processes and in-service performance of materials [1-5].

This work will be performed in close collaboration with HVM Catapult Centres UK; University of Strathclyde UK; University of Stuttgart Germany; and University of Aberdeen.

The successful candidate should have, or expect to achieve, an Honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Mechanical, Manufacturing Engineering or Material Science.

Essential background and Knowledge: Computer aided design (CAD) and Finite element (FE) based modelling.


• Apply for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State the name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘School Funded’ as the Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Two Academic References (we will not be contacting referees)
• Detailed CV

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr A Siddiq ([Email Address Removed]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([Email Address Removed])

The closing date is 12 noon on 30 October 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered nor will applications received after the closing date.

If a suitable candidate is found before the closing date the position will be removed from advert.

The start date is to be agreed with the Supervisor but will be as soon as possible.

Funding Notes

Tuition fees and stipend will be paid at UK/EU rates. International candidates can apply if they can meet the difference between UK/EU and International Tuition fees from their own resources. The difference between UK/EU and International Tuition fees for 2019/2020 is £15,680 per annum. The maintenance stipend will be £15,009 per annum.


[1] U. B. Asim, M. A. Siddiq, M. E. Kartal, Computational Materials Science 161, 346-350, 2019.
[2] M. A. Siddiq, International Journal of Damage Mechanics, 28, 233-248, 2019.
[3] Amir Mir, Amir Siddiq, Xichun Luo, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 88, 2461-2476, 2017.
[4] D. De Meo, C. Diyaroglu, N. Zhu, E. Oterkus and M. Amir Siddiq, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41, 6593-6609, 2016.
[5] C. Diyaroglu, E. Oterkus, E. Madenci, T. Rabczuk, A. Siddiq, Composite Structures, 144, 14-23, 2016.

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