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Recycled Carbon/Glass Fibre based Sandwich Composites for Automotive and Aerospace Sector PhD

Project Description


We are pleased to announce a self-funded PhD project in ’Low-Cost Recycled Carbon/Glass Fibre-based Sandwich Composites for Automotive and Aerospace Sector’.

The extensive use of the carbon/glass fibre composites in the aerospace sector, wind turbine blades, the marine sector has given rise to a challenge of disposing these composites at the end of their life. This challenge also offers an excellent opportunity to extract recycled carbon/glass fibres which can be available at a much lower cost than the virgin/original glass/carbon fibres. In many cases, the carbon/glass fibres extracted from discarded composites (from wind turbine blade, aircraft frame etc.) at the end of life can still offer significantly good mechanical properties. Such fibres can offer an ideal solution for the low-cost manufacturing of lightweight components for the automobile industry.

The composite manufacturing and testing will be carried out using the world-class composites manufacturing and testing facilities available at the Enhanced Composites and Structures Centre, School of Aerospace, Transport & Manufacturing at Cranfield University. Cranfield University is ranked in top 50 in the world in the QS world university rankings for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering.


This project aims to utilise recycled carbon/glass fibre composites (derived from the end of life waste components from aerospace and automotive composite structures) to produce low cost secondary structural components.

You will learn the following techniques/skills

1) Fibre testing of recycled carbon/glass fibre
2) Compression moulding the recycled carbon fibres/glass fibres using high-pressure hydraulic press
3) Resin infusion and resin transfer moulding using recycled fibres for composites manufacturing
4) Sandwich composites manufacturing using recycled carbon fibres and polymer foam core.
5) Mechanical testing of composites (three-point/four-point bending test, fatigue test, compression test, low and high-velocity impact test).

You will be encouraged to participate in one UK level and one International level scientific conference to enhance their communication skills and to encourage them to network with the scientist in the UK and around the world.

Type of opportunity

We will work in collaboration with Cametics Ltd, which is a leading high quality, high-performance graphene-based mixing, dispersion and joining technology. We will also aim to engage with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Airbus and Meggitt Aerospace which have been working with our composite centre over several years


This is a self-funded project; the students are expected to cover their fees and living expenses.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an equivalent of a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, science (chemistry/physics) or engineering or closely related field. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest in industrial research.

How to apply

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If you are eligible to apply for this studentship, please complete the online application form by clicking on ’Visit Website’.

For further information please contact:

Dr Sameer S Rahatekar

Phone: 0044 (0)1234 750111 extension 4685

Supervisor Expertise:

Dr Sameer Rahatekar is a world-renowned expert in polymeric material, polymer composites and polymer processing. He has published a number of high impact journal publications in the above mentioned area (more than 40 journal publications; 1561 citations; H index 21). He has secured total research grants equivalent to £2.6 million as PI and Co-I from EPSRC, the British Council, and the Royal Academy of Engineering and industrial research funding. He is working closely with a number of polymers and plastics recycling industries in the UK as overseas.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project; the students are expected to cover their fees and living expenses. UK/EU/Overseas students can join this PhD project as long they can pay the tuition fees and cover their living expenses.

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