About the Project
The next generation of Additive Manufacturing technologies will utilise the combination of different smart materials with Computer-Aided Design to produce multi-functional structures. The aim of this PhD is to develop design rules and key principles for the Design of 4D Printing (Df4DP), with a view of producing several working demonstrators. At Brunel University, we will provide you with consistent and dedicated supervision, as well as access to leading facilities to support your study. Please note that we are looking for candidates who are sponsored or have their own funding. Project Description We are seeking highly motivated candidates to embark on this leading-edge doctoral programme. You will gain an understanding of 4D Printing in order to build your expertise of the design rules and principles that influence the shape change effect. Following which you will be expected to demonstrate your contribution to new knowledge by producing several practical product components such as smart valves and actuators. We are also happy to consider other research project proposals which could be negotiated between the applicant and the supervisor. You will be based in our campus in London, with a potential to spend some research time with our research partner in Spain. In addition to academic support, the university will provide the successful candidate with training to enhance your future employability, such as research management, teaching skills and career guidance. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in regular department forums and to present their work at exhibitions such as the Made in Brunel Show. Entry Requirements Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university in a related discipline, such as computer programming or mathematics will be beneficial. A Masters level qualification is desirable. Applicants who are non-native speakers must possess an English language qualification acceptable by the university. The ideal candidate should be detail oriented with good analytical skills. We welcome candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding.
Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £25,000 for UK and EU students and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.