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Predicting mechanical properties of nanocomposites with brush-like reinforcement


School of Engineering

About the Project

The project will focus on creating the multi-scale three-dimensional models for accurate analytical prediction of the effect of reinforcement with bristled nanowires on the overall performance of the composite material, leading to the optimal usage of very expensive nanomaterials.

The proposed research is aimed at developing a new method for improving properties of structural fibre-reinforced composites by targeted usage of relatively expensive nano-scale additives in order to improve the weakest link in such materials. The project draws on the recently reported idea of the brush-like nano-reinforcement of composite materials. It is suggested to use bristled nanowires for the ultimate purpose of fabricating composites with improved fibre-matrix adhesion and hence the increased shear strength, which is the driving parameter for increasing strength of the entire material.

At the first stage, the project will focus on creating the multi-scale three-dimensional models for accurate analytical prediction of the effect of reinforcement with bristled nanowires on the overall performance of the material.

The second stage will be devoted to the practical applications of the developed method and materials with brush-like nano-reinforcement including manufacturing nanocomposites, testing the developed materials and promoting their usage in industry.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) the UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in applied mathematics, solid mechanics, engineering or materials science.

The applicant should have knowledge of numerical modelling using MatLab, C++ or FORTRAN

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

• 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

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

It is possible to undertake this project by distance learning. Interested parties should contact Professor Guz to discuss this.

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Mechanical Engineering. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website. THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT

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