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Predicting mechanical properties of nanocomposites with brush-like reinforcement


Project Description

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.

Successful completion of the project and publication of its results will likely lead to significant application in the CFS industry which is rapidly growing in the UK and overseas.

The successful candidate should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a UK Honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) applied mathematics, solid mechanics, engineering or materials science.

Essential Background in mechanical engineering, solid mechanics
Knowledge of: numerical modelling using MatLab, C++ or FORTRAN

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Formal applications can be completed online: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply. You should apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct person for processing.

NOTE CLEARLY THE NAME OF THE SUPERVISOR AND EXACT PROJECT TITLE YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ON THE APPLICATION FORM.

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 ().

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. It is for self-funded students only.

How good is research at Aberdeen University in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 38.60

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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