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Numerical and Experimental Methods for Certification of Bonded Primary Structure

Project Description

Supervisory team: Prof Richard Butler, Dr Karim Anaya-Izquierdo, Prof Chiara Bisagni (TU Delft)

Project enquiries: Prof Richard Butler ()


In order to improve structural efficiency and increase production rates, there is growing interest in the use of bonded connections between parts in primary aerospace structures. Certification of such joints, which are governed more by chemical than mechanical (bolting) processes, will require the acceptance of “zero tolerance to defects” philosophy in which all undetectable variation in joint quality is structurally acceptable. This PhD project forms part of the CerTest programme ( and will develop finite element and statistical methods along with rigorous validation via experimental test data to assess strength and post-buckling stiffness whilst accounting for variation of bonding processes in production, enabling certification. The project will be supported by industrial partner GKN (both in the UK and at GKN Fokker in Holland) and the Delft University of Technology.


Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, an undergraduate Masters first class degree or MSc distinction (or non-UK equivalent). English language entry requirements must be met at the time of application to be considered for funding, see


Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Expected start date: 28 September 2020

Funding Notes

Funding is expected to cover UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance stipend £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rate) and training support fee of £1,000 per annum for up to 3 years

How good is research at University of Bath in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 61.00

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