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Optimal Design of Fibre Reinforced Composite Pipes

   School of Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Currently, the application of composite materials in the energy industry lacks proven test methodologies and understanding of technical and fundamental issues relevant specifically to composite materials and structures. Thus, the main academic challenge and key aspect to the success of the project is the transfer of composite materials knowledge (theoretical and numerical models very successfully used in the modern aerospace industry), into the demanding energy sector. This extremely interesting and challenging project will deal with the assessment of composite pipes subjected to a combination of complex loading and harsh environmental conditions (such as high temperature, high pressure and exposure to corrosive fluids’, etc.). In order to move the technology forward it is necessary to have a detailed understanding of the pipes properties from manufacture and over its entire life cycle.

The overall aim of the project will be optimal design of thick- and thin-walled composite pipes. The developed numerical model should be able to predict the deformation and damage under tension, compression and bending, as found in service (during installation in oil wells).

Numerical modelling of the prototype performance will be carried out

o for different types of the matrix and the reinforcement used;

o for different fibre volume fractions;

o for different layouts of the reinforcement (unidirectional versus multidirectional, etc.);

o for combinations of laminas with different reinforcement directions.

Selection will be made on academic merit. The successful candidate should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a UK Honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Engineering, Materials or Applied Mathematics. Fundamentals of Engineering Materials and Stress Analysis, Numerical Methods. The project is likely to involve a combination of analytical studies and computer modelling including FEM&BEM analysis and MatLab programming, so the appropriate computing skills would be quite beneficial but not compulsory.


Formal applications can be completed online: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/pgap/login.php

• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor

• State ‘Self-funded’ as 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)

• Detailed CV, Personal Statement/Motivation Letter and Intended source of funding

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr M Menshykova () with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ()

Funding Notes

This PhD project has no funding attached and is therefore available to students (UK/International) who are able to seek their own funding or sponsorship. Supervisors will not be able to respond to requests to source funding. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website


1. Menshykova MV, Guz IA. Stress analysis of layered thick walled composite pipes subjected to bending loading, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 2014, 88: 289-299.
2. Menshykova M, Guz, I. & Paik, JK. Thick-walled composite tubes for offshore applications: an example of stress and failure analysis for filament-wound multi-layered pipes, Ships and Offshore Structures, 2017, 12(3): 304-322.

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