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Pushing the limits of acoustic sensing with optical fibres

Optoelectronics Research Centre

, Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

In the last decade Nanotechnology has increasingly attracted researchers' attention and funding from all over the world.

Because of their unique physical and optical properties and their easy interconnection to fiberised components, optical fibre nanowires provide an exclusive way to connect the optical fibre world with nanotechnology.

The OMDS group studies the properties of nano-/micro-wires and their exploitation in devices and sensors, which can find applications in biology, medicine, optics, sub-wavelength imaging, high power fibre lasers, industrial safety and security.

Project Description

This PhD project aims to open new frontiers in the field of structural health monitoring by designing and developing a new class high resolution distributed optical fibre sensors. Such sensors use an optical fibre to measure physical quantities such as temperature, strain, and vibrations at tens of thousands individual points along the fibre. Hence, by integrating an optical fibre inside any structure, crucial physical properties of such structure can be monitored, and any anomaly can be quickly detected. In other words, the optical fibre plays the role of a nervous system of that structure.

Such technology has the potential to yield a wealth of new applications in areas such as structural health monitoring (SHM) in aircrafts, ships, civil structures, performance analysis of race cars designed for Formula One competition, and medical applications, to name just a few.

A fully funded PhD place on this project is available for Eligible UK applicants supported by an EPSRC Studentship. The project will involve close collaboration with the institute of sound and vibration research (ISVR), one of the world’s renowned research institute for its contributions to reducing noise and vibration in engineering applications such as rail and aircraft. The studentship comes with a stipend of up to £18,000 (tax-free) and with fees paid.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Ali Masoudi, Distributed Optical Fibre Sensor Research Group, Email: , Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 4531.

Funding Notes

he studentship comes with a stipend of up to £18,000 (tax-free) and with fees paid.

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