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Optimisation of Cracks Detection and Evaluation for Flexible Structures Bonded with Optimally Placed Piezoelectric Sensors and Actuators

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering

Dr Ali Daraji Wednesday, June 30, 2021 Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Start date: September 2021

Duration of study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline date: June 30th 4pm GMT

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a self-funded PhD studentship in Structural Health monitoring.

The research aims to investigate, from both a numerical and experimental perspective, the active SHM of a composite flat and stiffened plates by beams bonded by optimally placed piezoelectric sensors and actuators and the effects of various parameters have on the evaluation of the degree of damage and position.


Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Entry criteria for applicants to PHD 

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 


  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

For further details see:

To find out more about the project please contact: Dr Ali Daraji,

To apply online please visit: 

Funding Notes

You may be able to get a UK loan from Student Finance England or Student Finance Wales for a Post degree in any subject: View Website

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