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PhD Studentship: EPSRC “Composites for Life”, Engineering, Material Science or Physics – PhD (Funded)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, February 03, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD student to investigate the nature of fracture in fibre-based polymer composite systems. You will join a small team as part of the “Composites for Life” programme, The team is focused on new types of high performance thermoplastic-based composites that are rapidly gaining ground against the more traditional epoxy-based systems, where latest thermoplastic engineering composites can match performance, but are greener, being re-mouldable, and hence recyclable. The other major advantage of such systems is that thick-section mouldings can be produced, meaning that a whole range of large metallic components that can now be produced via a composite processing route, thus saving weight and therefore particularly interesting to aerospace. The “Composites for Life” programme is supported by plane makers Boeing, Leonardo Helicopters, Meggitt Aviation plc, Royal Tencate based in the Netherlands, and Victrex plc – the World’s leading supplier of high performance polymers.

The studentship will examine fracture mechanisms at work in discontinuous polymer composites, establishing how far the idealised fibre-based fracture mechanics models can be applied in these systems. The study will utilise ultra high-speed cameras to capture real time fracture events, along with Fibre Bragg grating sensors in order to establish strain field data, to evolve a FEA strain field model.

We seek applications from high quality individuals, to join our existing team, who are equally at home with organising hands-on practical research, plus an ability to utilise advanced analytical techniques, including high speed cameras, together with building FEA models in order to support your work, via a commercial software modelling package.

Funding Notes

A fully-funded PhD studentship to commence on 2nd March 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in the Harrison Building, at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

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