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Robotic Matter via Origami, Kirigami and Multistable Patterns

   Department of Engineering

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  Dr Antonio Forte  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The project aims at investigating origami and kirigami principles, auxetic patterns and multistable mechanisms to develop advanced metamaterials for robotic applications. In more specific terms the candidate will make use of computational and experimental techniques (including rapid prototyping) in order to design and build robotic materials with embedded functionality, which will be showcased in the fields of wearable robotics, medical robotics and search and rescue devices.

The candidate will be working in the newly established Reconfigurable and Adaptive Design Lab (RADLab) at King's College London, which is based in the recently refurbished SWB building, populated with brand new equipment and machines.

The group often collaborates with other world leading universities such as Harvard, Imperial College, University of Maryland, AMOLF, KU Leuven and Polytechnic Montreal, with potential for networking and secondments.

We are especially interested in students with a strong background in Mechanical Engineering, excellent mathematical programming knowledge, and impeccable coding skills. This will be an opportunity to embark on an exciting journey in a world class university, with a friendly/supportive research environment.

The PhD program is fully funded for 3.5 years (covering Tuition fees, Stipend plus London Allowance, Bench Fees/Research Training & Support Grant). The position is only available to Home Students.

Funding Notes

Funding is available for 3.5 years and covers tuition fees at the level set for UK students, c. £6,120 p.a. and a tax-free stipend of approximately £18,000 p.a. with possible inflationary increases after the first year.
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