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About the Project

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project commencing in October 2021.

Funding is available to candidates who qualify for ‘Home’ fee status. Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the rules governing fee status have changed and, therefore, candidates from the EU/EEA are advised to check their eligibility before applying. Please see the Funding Eligibility section below for more information.

Project team: Dr Jie Wang

Informal queries should be directed to Dr Jie Wang - [Email Address Removed]

Project:

Significant development of additive manufacture in recent years has prompted fast application of such technology in Aeronautical Space Engineering and Mechanical Engineering sectors, whereas its huge potential in Civil Engineering has been poorly realised. To this end, the current project aims at exploring efficient structural geometries of plated structures that can benefit from additively manufacturing for civil engineering applications. The results will be potentially applicable to mechanical engineering and space engineering structures.

The work involves both a numerical modelling programme and an experimental testing programme. Finite element modelling and topology optimisation of continuum structures will be performed to explore possible geometric profiles that can improve the stability performance of steel plated structures against buckling. The selected geometric profiles from the numerical study will be experimentally tested employing physical samples that are 3D printed.

The work will be carried out collaboratively with the Mechanical Engineering department from the University of Bath as well as other institutions, placing a great opportunity for those who are willing to be engaged in cross-discipline collaborations and develop a leadership role in the field of engineering.

Candidate Requirements:

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or good Upper Second Class Honours degree (or the equivalent). A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous.

Application:

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

https://samis.bath.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=RDUAR-FP01&code2=0015

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

http://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/how-to-apply-for-doctoral-study/

Expected start date: 4 October 2021

 

Funding Eligibility:

In order to be considered for a studentship, you must qualify as a ‘Home’ student. The UK Government has not yet published the relevant Fee Regulations for courses commencing in 2021/22; however, our current understanding is that the main categories of students likely to qualify for ‘Home’ fees are (subject to confirmation by the UK Government):

·        UK nationals (meeting residency requirement*)

·        Irish nationals resident in the UK/Ireland since at least September 2018

·        EU/EEA applicants with settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme (meeting residency requirement*)

·        Applicants with indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK (meeting residency requirement*)

*Residency requirement: in most cases applicants must have lived in the UK, EU, EEA or Switzerland continuously since September 2018.

EU/EEA citizens who live outside the UK are unlikely to be eligible for ‘Home’ fees and funding.

Up-to-date information may be found on our fee status guidance webpage and on the UKCISA website


Funding Notes

A studentship includes ‘Home’ tuition fees, a stipend (£15,609 per annum, 2021/22 rate) and research/training expenses (£1,000 per annum) for up to 3.5 years.
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